italianjohn (2289) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barrel no 1 of 15 ... date in 3/21/2012 - date out 9/21/2012 ... Black pour beige head .... aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak, woody, abv and sugar/dark chocolate with a roasted coffeeness too .... taste is boozy, with vanilla, wood, bourbon and sugary with roasted coffee/dark chocolate and oddly a nutmeg/cinnamon spice to it .... a bit boozy .... interesting brew mouthfeel is a bit thin and oily/slick
AxlLives (286) - Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle - 2012 bottling. Pours creamy black with medium tan head, very creamy not a lot of lacing. Big roasted notes in the nose. Vanilla, maple, smoked malts, touch of espresso and sweet cocoa. Taste is alive with roastey goodness, vanilla bean, bitter coffee at the finish. Bourbon notes as well as dark dried fruit. Touch of heat at the finish as expected. Medium bodied, creamy. Good brew, not killer.
DocLock (7743) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub and bottle. Poured turbid black. with minimal tan head. Nose was dark malt, anise, oaky bourbon, and tasted as it smelled. Well hidden -OH.
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[4727-20120818] Bottle. Roasted soya sauce aroma. Brown black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet roasted soya sauce flavour has a lot of barrelly oak wood in it. Full body. Not bad. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)
Huhzubendah (2431) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barrel 2 of 20.
The beer is opaque and near black with a towering beige head that lingers for several minutes, plastering the glass with sticky lacing as it recedes.
The aroma brings big scents of bourbon, detectable from a few feet away. Secondary smells include chocolate, oak, roast.
A bit of vanilla emerges in the flavor, and perhaps a touch of coconut. However, this beer is all about the chocolate and bourbon. Nicely done, and on the verge of attaining the next flavor score. A bit sweet, but I had no problem finishing the bottle solo.
Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering flavors of sweet, roasted malt and a bit of booze.
Overall, a nice offering from a local brewery. There seems to be some deviation in the various batches. I look forward to revisiting this beer, and perhaps sampling a different batch.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-17-2012
Glouglouburp (5960) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: Just another black beer that tastes like ultra sweet bourbon barrel juice.
How: Bottle shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is in-your-face bourbon, couldn’t note anything about the aroma with so much bourbon barrels. Taste is obviously dominated by leftover bourbon barrel juice, loaded with vanilla, some creamy chocolate, very high sweetness sensation. This is a typical over-the-top bourbon aged stout, too sweet and just too much sticky bourbon barrel juice for me. Not bad, just not something I want to drink a full bottle of. A boring Retribution, and trust me I know a thing or two about what a good retribution can be, retribution is a speciality in my family, my parents still call me every week-end at 7am to ask me if I want to play.
MadRobin (1876) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Frisco Taphouse & Brewery in Columbia, MD
Opaque, black-brown with trivial tan head and very good lacing.
Aroma of bourbon, toast, vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, dark roasted malt, oak and chocolate.
Taste of dark toasted malt, molasses, toffee, chocolate, alcohol, oak and bourbon.
Full/medium body and low carbonation.
Rich, full, dark, toasty and alcoholic.
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Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. Barrel 1 of 15. Poured out a deep opaque black. No brown or red highlights whatsoever. Thin tan head on top. Aromas are of licorice, burnt sugar, bourbon barrels, vanilla beans.
Flavors are the same as the aromas. Alcohol is well hidden, but sneaks up on you. Rich, chewy mouthfeel. Decent BBIS overall.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours dark brown to black with a small fine beige head. The aroma had some initial sweetness before showcasing dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon with notes of cherry and vanilla, brown sugar and molasses. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, cherry, vanilla, wood, leather and molasses. Very smooth, medium plus body.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a perfect pint. Into the barrel on 3/11/2011 and out of the barrel on 9/19/2011. Barrel #19 of 20.
3.5 A: Black color. A little over one finger of light brown, frothy/creamy head. Retention is about what you’d expect from a beer this big and just a tiny ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Really wonderful nose on this. The barrel aging is done to perfection. Smooth leathery bourbon with mineral, apple, wood dust, and cantelope aromas. Underneath there is a supple roastiness, chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, and a hearty neutral malt sweetness. If you dig even deeper, you may find a note or two of coffee. Sweet overall, but with good balance.
3.5 T: The taste is an amplification of the nose. This is a sticky, sweet stout. It’s a bit cloying for sure. Lots of toffee, molasses, and caramel. Roastiness, chocolate, coffee are underneath all that. Big neutral sweetness. A good bit of leathery bourbon with vanilla, oak, apple, and nondescript light fruitiness. It’s a tasty beer, but it’s too sweet to drink a whole bomber of (which I plan to do).
3.5 M: Heavy body. I like heavy bodies on imperials, but the problem is that it’s also too chewy, which results from the sugar overload. It causes some moderate amylase clumping in the back of the mouth. Otherwise, it’d have a good creaminess.
3.5 D: Not a terrible beer, but it has the sweetness of BT without the crazy booziness, so I’d bet that many out there would like this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-06-2012 23:39:23