superspak (2992) - 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.
lukedarock (215) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla smoke scent is nice, taste is Smoke and vanilla some hints of cocoa, for a stout not very much bite to it that I personally like still not too bad
edsspoon (624) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - deep ruby red with a light brown rocky, foamy head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon. Taste of smoke, cocoa and vanilla followed by earth, a little oak and light bitterness. Medium body, high carbonation.
Pinball (10999) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from kihoskh, dark brown to black, smooth brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts.. notes of vanilla too. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, some roasted malts, quite sweet and non-bitter , but with quite a lot of flavor. end is somewhat more bitter as wood bitterness kicks in.
MiP (13912) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 6%. Weak metallic and sweet aroma. Black colour. Small tan head. The flavour is weakly roasted, but has more of a teaish hoppiness. Perhaps a little lactose, but I do not get much barrel flavour or even much vanilla. The mouthfeel is a tad watery for the ABV, but the flavour is not bad.
ChrisFields (85) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber, nearly opaque. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, and toasted almonds. Taste is roasted malt with peppery hops. Vanilla and wood chip is there but subtly added. Some mild carbonation takes away from what should be a creamier mouth feel. Overall decent but I had hoped for something more.
uckelman (338) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Old Dominion’s pub by the A gates at Dulles. Small tan head. Opaque, dark brown. Not a ton of aroma, very mildly oaky. Medium body. Bittersweet. Ashy and earthy notes on finish.
Caytinator (994) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany color, translucent, good legs, dark tan head fades to a little collar, you can smell/taste the whisky quite a bit in this one, smoky whisky was used, somewhat peaty. Strong aftertaste, not the best but OK. The base malts are good, somewhat overpowered, just a little less whisky and i might love it. I like it fine the way it is. Not earthshattering buy nicely done.
VsXsV (2573) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Almost clear almost black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, light oak, light smoke, caramel, dried fruit and light ash. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of caramel, oak, light cinnamon and dried fruit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty good.
SilverfoX (506) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells earthy. Pitch black with white lacing on top. Sweet vanilla flavour quite smooth and dry not bad.
BierMeHoos (210) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Poured pretty much pitch black. Aroma is strong roasted dark chocolate malts mixed with a good dose of freshly ground coffee beans and vanilla. Taste is similar. Palate is smooth and creamy. Overall good but not great.