ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 3/11/13. 2010 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Had this one about a week ago; from notes.
A: How about that, itís not entirely pitch black. It pours a very dark red color in general. The head is one finger mocha shade with superb retention given its gravity.
S: One of the most ridiculously prune-forward stouts Iíve ever encountered. This makes the dark fruit notes of BCBS and Parabola look feeble in comparison. No, it doesnít have the luscious bourbon character of those two (well, of BCBS at least), but it is backed by some rock-solid chocolate and vanilla notes. Yes, itís ridiculously sweet - at this ABV though, itís a moot point.
T: Simply put, a chocolate/prune bomb. The complexity featured is solid (perhaps not as impressive as its gravity would suggest), with augmenting flavors of smoke, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. Roast notes are missing, or probably just buried beneath all of the sweetness. What ISNíT missing is the booziness...well, actually, it kind of is. Itís only really prevalent on the finish and aftertaste; I have trouble buying itís 18%. The price for that is paid by the sweetness level, but it falls short of being ridiculously cloying, thankfully.
M: Creamy, thick, and super sweet. The finish dries up enough to expose some alcoholic heat on the back of the palate. Most of the heat felt from this appears on the esophagus and stomach, really. Carbonation is very low.
O: This is one of those offerings I only desire to have once a year; but during that singular day out of 365, itís just really, really easy to like. Take out some of the prevalent chocolaty notes, and this could almost pass for a great port. Certainly a must try.
kaser (4183) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive. Tastes like a like a pile of raisins. Super boozy and cocoa maybe. This one will put you down. Tranquilizer.
Christpuncher (2093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong raisin flavor with a strong boost finish. Pours black with a tan head. Had a bottle share with Kaser. Not as good as it rated.
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roast and the raisin aroma. Flavor of silky melted chocolate. Some anise and alcohol. Really nice mouth coating finish.
Niko100 (2287) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich black color; Heavy slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, rich dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, & alcohol; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit (notably plums), raisons, spice, and alcohol; Warm boozy finish; Intense and very good.
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a jet black with brown head which soon disappears. Aroma is booze, malt sweetness and raisins. Taste is raisins, figs, slight dark chocolate and lots of booze. Medium bodied.
UncleKorm (1087) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap! Poured a deep dark brown hue w/ a medium creamy brown head. Moderate sweet roasty boozy aromas. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of short duration. Tastes are maple syrup, brown sugar, fig, vanilla, mellow roast, roasted marshmallows, and earthy hops. Full bodied and warm finish.
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crajun (1084) - , Texas, USA - APR 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to springslicker - GREAT app and Palate - thick and chewy. definitely some dark fruits in the taste. great sipping stout. alcohol is noticeable but smooth.
Douberd (3298) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%)) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter. Bottled 2013.
Totally black colour on the body, one finger of dark beige head, tthick and creamy, with very good retention. Medium lacing left on the glass.
Aroma has alcohol, soy sauce, light vanilla, prunes, dark fruits.The alcohol overpowers everything though.
Taste has lots of alcohol, sweet and boozy, port wine, molasses, prunes, dates,roasted matls on the finish, ash.
Medium thick body, good carbonation, warming feeling on the body from all the alcohol.
Good, needs another couple years probably.
nathan30533 (904) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is a bit boozy. Brew was aprx 15 months old. Very tasty bourbony brew.
eachnotesecure (84) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle. Pours black as night with little to no head. Carbonation is fine though, and it tastes just like it should, super smooth. Plenty of black liquorice, caramel, chocolate and raisin. At 18%, itís crazy how the booze are totally a non-factor, until you reach the end of the glass.