brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly black in color with a small khaki head. Starts off with fairly regular stout aromas such as roasted malt, coffee, and some vanilla from the oak. The vinegar and sourness come through toward the back end. It also has an interesting grass aroma. Tastes a bit more sour than it smells, but still lots of roasted malt and a hint of coffee. The oak flavor is there and provides a slightly drying tannic feel to the beer. A decent amount of vinegar, but not overly acetic. There is even a touch of fruit on the palate.
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Sampled at Great Taste. Pours a pitch black brown/black color with a slight mocha bronw head. The barrel and booze is pretty evident in the nose along with the normal imp stout characteristics of dark chocolate and some leather. The booze is pretty in your face to me on this one with it being the first thing I notice upon tasting, followed by the barrel, dark chocolate, and slight leather. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, I thought it a tad hot but otherwise pretty drinkable.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black. Aromas of sour coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, light tartness with more chocolate, slick mouthfeel, faint bitterness, very nice. Tasty.
jcwattsrugger (11223) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Victors Fantasy Tasting-750 bottle-thanks jtclockwork-pours no head and a black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is black licorice-dark malt, peat/wood/whiskey. Taste is dark malt-ashy/peat/wood/whiskey, some medium/dark fruit mid-palate. Some hops bite at finish.
jtclockwork (8944) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Paulís tasting. Pours oily black. Tan brown head. Nose of roasted chocolate, wine barrel, oak and bourbon. Taste is a chocolate port wine. Lots of vinous and chocolate notes. Medium body.
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very potent and pungent, they only served these in 8-oz glasses at the restaurant I was at! Not the best stout Iíve ever had though.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to TurdFurgison for opening this bottle at the post-Christmas Chicago tasting. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours a pretty dark brown with a minimal amount of light foam on the top of the beer without too much else there. The nose is pretty good. There really isnít all that much sourness. I would think this has to have been accidentally infected, as I was curious about the concept to begin with and this doesnít seem like it was intentionally soured. Who knows. Some chocolate and roast there as well as a bit of woody character.
The taste again shows no sourness but does have a good dose of wood and chocolate. Very nice roast there as well. The mouthfeel is pretty good. It is somewhat thick and the barrel character works well. Pretty drinkable, though. Interesting, but I still donít really see the point of this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-05-2011
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from triptens...thanks Joe! - Pours deep and dark with no head at all--still as hell, as foreshadowed by the lack of pop on pulling the cork. Sharp alcohol on the nose--boo--roasty and lightly soured, but mostly overshadowed by the heat. The taste is a complete 180--sweet blackberry and currant with vanilla and dark, smooth, chocolatey roast. Not terribly sour, and really, really smooth. Chewy, but still silky--this is a beast of a beer.
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Matt for bringing the 750mL bottle! Poured deep brown with almost no head to it. The aroma picked up sour fruit and milk chocolatey notes upfront, with dark chocolate and some raspberry meat beneath.. the sourness only sort of worked with the base beer. The flavor found vinegary sourness throughout, accented by raspberry seeds.. dark chocolate, vanilla, and other burnt black malty character at the core.. tart and quite sour on the finish over warm, mixed malts.. again it was enjoyable, but the sourness only sort of worked. Medium-plus bodied and fairly flat on the palate.. a tad slick through the mouth.. aiight overall.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours to a pitch black body with a very thin head. The aroma is a sour fruit-ish black malted body. The flavor is a black currant, blackberry, and blueberry combination. Very interesting that the dark malts plus the sourness come off as fruits, because I donít think thereís any fruit in this. The body was creamy and thick. Viscous. I liked this quite a bit.