charule (600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shard with artmcd8. Poured black with oily tan head. Smokey molasses aroma. Smooth with slight bitterness. Pleasant
Brentv (75) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap from the Deschutes Brewpub in Portland. On nitro. Another on CO2. Ahhh. This is one interesting beer. It came black as night with a slight head, but the lacing on the glass was huge and adhered to the glass until finished. Aroma of chocolate and molasses and licorice. Flavors similar, but this is where it was more interesting. At first, the roasted and dark chocolate flavors dominated, followed by a significant bitterness at the back of the tongue - not overpowering, just very nice but definitely there. Full flavors. Toward the end of the glass, the flavor profile seemed to be more sweet than at first, but still with the constant bitterness not quite in the background. Very very nice. Bourbon flavors were present but not overpowering. A well-balanced masterpiece of a beer. Iíd sure like to find a bottle and bring it home to age for another year, but am happy to settle for a glass or two with a friend at the pub, seated in front of the fireplace. This was worth the drive, and Iíll do it again not too far in the future.
Masterkush7 (107) - - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medium sweet, caramel, notes of alcohol, wood, oak, hops and quite bitter.
Zeswaft (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at naked city. At first a bit overwhelming. Smoke, coffee, bitterness, alcohol, soy sauce. Once you adjust this is delicious. Super rich coffee notes and dark chocolate. Reminds me of Expedition stout.
stevoj (1324) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Everything youíve heard is true.This is a world class beer. Deep and dark, slick and sweet, rich smoky flavors with some oak barrel, fruitiness. Just plain awesome!
mikedR (723) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Easily one of the best beers I've had. Stunning. From the aroma to the mouthfeel to the flavor, everything here is perfect both individually and in concert.
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Oregon_butcher (33) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of chocolate and coffee. Black. Tastes sweet, chocolate, alittle alcoholic, nutty. Delicious!
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PotjeBier (1287) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2012 edition, bought in L.A., at home. Pitch black color, thick brown head, which doesnít last very long, thin layer retention. Aromaís of hard roasted malts, ground coffee, bit of wood (?), light berries. Retronasal thereís a bit more (red) fruit. Flavor is light to moderate sweet, and the roast gives it a bit of acidity and bitterness. Alcohol feel is not too strong. Medium bodied - would be nice if it had been a bit fuller. Finishes with roast, ash, bitter. Lovely!
burleybrew (20) - - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A force of nature. We tasted this stout (2011bottle) in an imperial stout blind tasting & it was by far the most complex with multiple layers of flavor. Each sip lent a new layer of complexity. Maybe too rich for a pint, but itís a masterpiece.
Frahmo (103) - Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vertical tasting at bittercreek alehouse. 2010-2013. Black with brown foam and lacing that quickly fades. Great way to experience how aging mellows this potent brew.
rxeight (783) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at FOBAB. Burbon and smoke. medium body for a BA stout. Decent but nothing impressive.