Ratman197 (8852) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Avery Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, caramel and vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, vanilla and light caramel with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.
wabahoye (18) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 ounce at The Mayor of Old Town, FC
Smooth with lots of chocolate...almost milk duds. Would like a bit more roast, but pretty much what I expect from a RIS.
DiarmaidBHK (3126) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Hops & Pie. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. A very slight malt note on the nose. Thicker mouthfeel than I expected. It’s flavorful without being memorable. It tastes like you think it would except the alcohol is really buried. Eh!
onceblind (3574) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Vine st. Dark black with a thin foamy chocolate-milk-hued head. Aroma is a little hard to discern, but has a lot of dark roasty malts, smells kinda chewy and sweet with a subtle brown sugar tone. Lovely dark flavor with sweet bitter chocolate, a touch of booziness, roasted black grains, gentle smokiness, and some toasted/near burnt toffee on the finish. Has some bitterness under it all to try to balance it, but the bitterness is all in the mouthfeel, not the flavor. Bitterness in the finish as well with a dark malty tone of smokey chocolate toffee.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Southern Sun. inky licorice and soy cause nose with dark chocolate syrup and mild to moderate roast. soft, chewy, almost silky and syrupy texture. medium to heavy body is appropriately thick, sweetness is medium to high, bitterness low, acid low. dark chocolate syrup with mild plum / cherry esters and and enjoyable inky-oiliness throughout.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample on tap the brewery, pour was dark brownish black with thin tan head, aroma brought big notes of dark fruit, plums, molasses and anise, slight notes of caramel in there as well. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, vanilla, going into roasted and sweet dark fruits, some anise notes in there finished fairly dry but a bit sweet.
BeerandBlues2 (9000) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours opaque with a medium tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and roast malt, licorice, dark fruit, earthy and woody hops, and vanilla notes. Flavor is malt dominant, light hops, medium bitterness, dark esters and a sweet palate with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.