Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dense coal-black with a thin, wispy, mocha head on top. The nose is rich and sweet with plenty of vanilla, oak, chocolate, charred toast. Really nice. With a beer this big, I like a bit of depth in the feel. This one delivers. Heavy full-mouth with ample carbonation to back it up. Rich, velvety feel with an easy finish. There’s so much going on in this beer, it’s hard to stay focused. The vanilla makes a showing, but it is fleeting at best. The sweetness instead comes from the semi-sweet chocolate and toffee character. With such a small percentage of this seeing the bourbon barrels, I’m not surprised that that is downplayed as well. Mild spiciness on the back end, and a slight tart kick to finish this one out. Fantastic beer. One I was glad to trade for, and one I will hunt down again.
RLiddell (98) - Valrico, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle picked up in Austin, TX. Pours an opaque black with minimal brown head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and anise. Taste follows with a heavy licorice forward flavor followed by toasty malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Outstanding stout!
Bif (1922) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 Edition on tap at Shamrocks. Poured a virtual black color with a nice thick head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt and bit of chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, bit of molasses and chocolate. Nominal bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly fully body, smooth with a rich texture and subtle touch of alcohol. Very enjoyable and well worth the journey.
shoulderbroken (3452) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Imazato. Great stuff, booze, bit of treacle, light spice. Hints of dark fruit. Bit of smoke. Boozy, bourbon. Very enjoyable.
stantheman (855) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased from Bottle Jockey in Burnaby, BC. A very dark and inky looking brew with minimal carbonation and a very heavily roasted nose, through which I detect a hint of whisky and vanilla. The taste is evocative of chocolate, coffee, licorice, whisky, and yes, vanilla. No hop detected. I attribute the slight bitterness to the heavily roasted malts. The mouth feel is oily. Yes! 4.1
Banksiz (78) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2013 edition. The nose is treacle at first and then gives way to raisins, dates and a bit of smokiness. Taste and moth fee are wonderful. A bitter, but not harsh, backbone with a moderate sweetness, all wrapped up in a creamy body. Slight alcoholic warmth as it goes down, and a satisfying creamy-bitter finish. Wonderful.
TheJester (2399) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle. Biiig. Complex. Dark. So much going on, and it doesn’t get muddled at all. Roast, mocha, licorice, maraschino cherries, vanilla, molasses. Outstanding.
lownote (462) - USA - APR 29, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Alcohol aroma. Strong red winy. . Pours black with a tan head. Taste is very sweet. Some roast bitterness balances, but it lingers in not a good way. It’s just way sweet at first and way bitter after. It’s not bad, but I’m not getting a lot besides the slight stone fruit flavor which is disappointing
AndyW68 (1361) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black pour with tan head and Aroma of sweet roast malt. Taste is dry roast chocolate malt. Very creamy and bitter finish.
BruceHartford3 (13) - - APR 14, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
2015 Reserve. Delicious. Full bodied. Pretty much what you would expect. Not hot. Good smokiness. Tight bite in the back.
markducommun (823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep opaque black brown, quite deep brown, ample head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, light coffee. Light tang, some bitterness, some sweetness. Very complex, very long quite dry finish. Medium heavy body, fairly syrupy. Very good.
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