superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/31/2012. Pours a fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, oak, toast, light coffee, and light smoke. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, smoke, roasted malt, toast, toffee, and light smoked ham. Slight roasty bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, oak, toast, toffee, and smoke on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness; very pronounced but balanced oak flavor; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. It feels a touch on the thin side, but it’s not detrimental. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oak aged stout. Nice amount of robust flavors for a 6% beer with a nice balanced smoke complexity; and extremely smooth to drink as expected. A very enjoyable offering.
HighlanderOne (985) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt and licorice. Stout black with a bit of tan head. I taste toasted malt, wood, vanilla, oat, cocoa, cherry, licorice. Just slightly sweet. Earthy hops in back. Not phenomenal, but pretty good.
chucklemation (411) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle was expired by nearly 3 months (I misread the date), but it was still good. Pours a black color with a light off-white foam. Aroma is oak and vanilla. Flavor is oak, vanilla, and hints of wood and roasted malts. Lightly sweet. Very good. I want to try a fresh bottle.
SlackerMads (1419) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a medium sized diminishing light brown head. Coffee, cocoa, vanilla, wood mingles with citrus and pine hop notes. Medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, medium sweet and bitter, light acidic. Long vanilla and cocoa finish. The vanilla could be toned a bit down for my taste, but good enough without being spectacular.
DruncanVeasey (7099) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from AP Harvey Wines, Coventry watching US Vs Portugal. Feel physically sick for the Americans, especially as I had them to win 2-1 at 14-1. The beer: greige-lidded tar edged with ruby. Fruity high cocoa, aged rum and coconut aroma. Something of a Caribbean stout or schwarzbier feel on the palate with toasted coconut, rum, rye bread and yeast extract notes. Pleasant if a little thin and obvious.
witthatsbier (205) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12FL OZ bottle from good spirits co Glasgow
pours dark brown with cream head
Aroma is malty grain with spicey pepper notes
taste is sweetish with light bitterness,body is a bit lacking for it,s strength
overall ok but not anything special
Burgers (248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with crema head. Nose and coffee. Taste subdued sweet and bitter. Palate medium, creamy texture. Finish fairly dry. Improves as you drink it but not particularly special. No obvious sign of vanilla or oak.
doradobotella (89) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Apariencia: De un color negro intenso y con una llamativa y cremosa capa de espuma beige con excelente retención.
Aroma: Impresionante a malta tostada y vainilla, acompañado de un ligero toque ahumado.
Sabor: Tostado, ligeramente cafetoso y ahumado, con un agradable final no excesivamente amargo.
charlotte (4090) - rødovre, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle.Pitch black colour with off-beige head.Aroma roosted and sourish with hint of licorice and malt, guess that a barrel stout must be better then that,fells overall a bit thin and boring.
dliberto (130) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from the bottle. Aroma is vanilla, licorice, chocolate, and mild notes of coffee. The oak does not come out like I hoped in the taste, but the vanilla really shines. Thin and sweet. Solid beer.
revolution2718 (203) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark with red highlights, minimal head. Nose is roasty, vanilla, lactose, maybe a little chocolate. Taste is mild, roasty, vanilla, not really sweet nor dry. Very thin watery mouthfeel. Not overly aromatic or flavorful. Sub par while not being offensive.
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