ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L swing-top growler, 2011 vintage, courtesy of Beerman6686. thanks again, Dan! opens with a pleasant hiss and pours beautifully, much denser and rich than i expected, and sits deep, tar-black in the glass capped by a creamy, dark cocoa head that leaves drips of lace. aroma is great with rich, toasted oak, molasses, dark chocolate, and bourbon up front with subtle notes of vanilla, raisins, nutmeg, and maple as it warms. flavor is damn nice, maybe a bit of a let-down from the aroma though, with rich, smoked malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of sweet molasses that transitions to dark fruits, oak, and bourbon on the back end. palate is smooth and full bodied but just a touch over-carbonated with a toasted, bourbon-esque finish. overall, a damn nice barrel aged stout.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
swing top bottle. black with medium-sized brown head. aroma of mild roastiness, light coffee, bitter cocoa, and some burnt toast. flavor of highly roasted coffee, burnt malt, dark chocolate, and little else. I donít detect too much barrel aging at all. A pretty good dry stout.
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Ping Pong, Foosball, and Great Beer tasting on 03/03/2012. Thanks to JaBier for sharing a 2010 bottle. The beer is black with a medium thin khaki head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Stingy lacing on the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt and fruit in the nose. Medium body with flavors of sweet chocolate malt, dark fruit and bourbon. The finish is roasty with a dark malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle purchased at East End. Pitch black pour with a thick brown chocolate milk head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, dark fruit and subtle bourbon. Flavor starts with a hint of bourbon, followed by roast (to the point of ashiness) and a bitter dark chocolate finish.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   2008 batch.   Black pour, moderate tannish head, spotty lacing.   Pale roasted malt nose, and thats about it.   This was aged in Bourbon?   I canít tell, at all.   Thin on the tongue, pale roasted malts.   I knew it wasnít a big stout to begin with, but the barrel aged character isnít there, and the body is rather thin.   Its okay, but not as special as you would think.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 Vintage received in trade from DavoleBomb, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid black color with a frothy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, tart fruit, hints of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is more tart than stout, seems something has gotten into the barrel on this one. Sharp tart fruit up front, bitter roasted coffee and chocolate next, and then a mellow oak, vanilla, roasted finish. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter tart mouthfeel. Having known nothing about this beer, my first surprise was the oak aging and my second surprise was the slightly lactic fruity tartness. This is a decent beer as is, but Iíd like to think this was fantastic before the lacto got around to souring it.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 On cask at Piperís. Black with a tan thin cover. The aroma is light whiskey, chocolate, wood combined with roast, and a slight twinge that made me think the cask was about to turn. Taste is nice whiskey, wood, char, a bit of alcohol, chocolate, light roast. Good beer, I think I preferred the base beer. From a 2011 bottle. Black with a nice thick tan foam. Aroma is nice whiskey, vanilla, oak, chocolate, woody. Taste is thinner, some chocolate, lots of vanilla, bourbon and oak. Good but I wish it had more body.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2011
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading to lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Deep roasted malt aroma with lots of nutty pecan, slightly smokey coffee bean, cream, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and earthy oak.
Heavily carbonated with a mix of vinous vinegar character and very roasted malt flavor. Very acrid with tons of burnt wood, charred oak and used coffee filter. Very weird with a vinous/vinegar flavor countering the overly burnt malt profile. Faint booze but no bourbon at all. Tasted mostly of stale oak.
Overall this beer was a big disappointment. I like this brewery a lot but this beer was a let down. It looks and smells really good but tasted awful.
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours black as night with a tan head. Aroma and flavor have prominent dark chocolate and raspberry notes. A bit syrupy but very good.
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Sour malt, chocolate, and oak. Burnt coffee, licorish, and abv. Medium bodied and fizzy.