OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Opaque brown black brown under a medium size lasting tan head. Earth, old fireplace, claypipe tobacco and roasted malt aroma. Luscious smooth body. Surprising (for such low ABV) hint of whiskey/port vinous character. Other flavours include earthy, unsweetened chocolate and roasted malts. Medium soft lightly dry mildly sweet finish. Nice!
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very similar to the regular vanilla stout. Smell is huge with lots of vanilla, the major difference being the presence of hazelnut in this beer's aroma. Taste is big and lucious with more alcohol and a bolder vanilla presence. Aftertaste is gentle but the palate suffers from the smearing of vanilla. I'm happy with the original.
Earlier Rating: 8/24/2003 Total Score: 4
Wow! My 100th beer and also the 10th rating for this beer, so now it will count as one of the better stouts available. I had this off tap at the Dominion Brewpub right before I took the tour. I actually got to see the old Oak Bourbon Barrels this beer ages in. A great visit, I recommend to anyone in the Northern Virginia area. The people at the brewery are friendly and knowledgable as well. Now, for the beer. Very dark (90% opaque), with a creamy, 1/3 inch, egg-shell-colored head. Smell is not very strong but you can definately pick up honey, oak, and vanilla in the nose. Taste is big and lucious with smooth, savory vanilla upfront with some honey, leading to bourbon, roasted/toasted malty goodness. Beer has a distinct wet feeling in the mouth; it is not drying at all. A soured cream taste emerges on the palate as the beer warms along with tobacco. Alcohol flavor is next to nothing; the brewmaster said its only about 5.5% which would explain why. This was a very thoughtfully made, complex beer. Very enjoyable and definately worth a try if you can make it to the brewpub
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 21, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chocolates in the aroma. Very dark brown color, little if any light passed through, not much head. Very sweet chocolate flavors with a hint of mocha and malts. Very rich. Thick, but not dense. The aftertaste has a hint of bitterness. Good stuff.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Wow!!! This stout is incredible. On tap at Dominion. Pours black with a thick light brown head. Oak, roasty malt and vanilla nose. Has has a nice complex mixture of vanilla, chocolate, oak and coffee. Has a wonderful buttery flavor and leaves chocolatey/bourbon aftertaste. Medium creamy body with very subtle carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, good head retention. Highly recommended if youíre in the area.
CapFlu (4254) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a thin, white head and a near opaque body. Beautiful cask and cocoa nose. Full bodied cocoa, vanilla and sweet malt taste. Slight fizzy and oily texture. Great chocolate finish!
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - this was pretty impressive! The body is a deep dark brown with a nice creamy head. The sweet enticing aroma was quickly ignored in a rush to take a sip. I found the this beer to have a wonderful original flavor. This beer was sweet with an accent of chocolate and vanilla and other hard to describe flavor I am assuming is derived from the oak and bourbon. I'm looking forward to enjoying this beer again soon.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My in-laws live in Ashburn, and everytime we visit I fill up my father-in-law's growler with this stuff, which is awesome b/c none of them like stouts, so I get to drink it all. This is a smooth, chocolatey, roasty stout aged for 2 weeks in oak bourbon barrels, during which it picks up this nice bourbon, vanilla, oak flavor and aroma. The flavors compliment each other wonderfully.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma to start, with an opaque appearance and large head. Lots of chocolate malts complimenting an exceptionally smooth, full-bodied taste. There was a bit of an earthy flavor as well in the delicious finish.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Re-rate: 12/17/04:... Draft... This beer rocks!... Wow! I can really smell and taste the bourbon in this batch. Iím a sucker for anything bourbon. Higher score!******
Original rating: 1/10/04:
New Moon black with a hidden, clear, crimson hue. Creamy head. Great lacework.
Notes of Tia Maria or Kahlua, vanilla, chocolate, oak and cherry. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, crisp, bitter finish. No bourbon detected... and I know bourbon. Still, a very nice beer.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the pub. Just awesome. Deep brown, almost black, tan creamy lasting head. Aromas and flavors mirror each other. Notes of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans to boot. All of this with a rich and complex oak background. One of the best best session stouts (IMO) brewed in the DC area. If ever in town, I certainly say find some. Will be bottled in the very near future.