johnnnniee (2556) - 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 (1500) - 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 (5300) - 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.
yespr (33199) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From growler. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aromam is roasted dark malty and slight breadish. Sweet, dark malty and solid acidic dark roasted malty. Bitter and dry roasted malty into the finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by bmanning. Served in a snifter.
Boom. Loosening the latch on this one really let out a large gust of carbonation, which was then evidenced in the appearance, which was black with a huge tan head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is really big with lots of coffee and roast as well as a bit of dark chocolate. The taste falls way off as thereís really nothing there other than roast. Lots of charcoal. As mday said, it tasted like a fireplace. Even more roasty. Body is medium without any real barrel character at all. In the end, this is just super one-dimensional and I couldnít handle more than a few ounces of it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-17-2011
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to aliendan. Pours just like used motor oil, I kid you not, with a very thin tan head. Iím a little scared but onward we go! ;) Aroma is smoky, meaty, earthy, with just enough sweetness to balance it out without being cloying. Flavor is tangy, meaty, bitter, (roasted nuts, anise, pine), with a bit of tobacco and vanilla; oily mouth feel. Overall, excellent beer.
zach8270 (3688) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(beer tasting @ Montyís Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 1 L fliptop - 2010 vintage) Dark black pour with a very small tan head. Mild chocolate with a big roasted and sweet backup. Can get a nice bourbon and vanilla flavor from the barrel as well. Very nice and sweet coffee and vanilla flavor at the start with a solid roasted malt middle and a sweet aftertaste of bourbon and oak. Solid and smooth on the finish with a very pleasant aftertaste.
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a pint glass. 1L swingtop shared with a buddy. 2010 vintage.
4.0 A: Pours a viscous black color. I had trouble coaxing a good head formation. I ended up with a finger of fairly dense, creamy light brown head with decent retention and a good ring of lacing.
4.5 S: Blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, dark roast coffee, and a touch of chocolate. Bourbon plays a complementary role offering light leather and vanilla contributions. Thereís more oakiness than bourbon. Pretty good here and definitely an improvement on the base beer.
4.5 T: Bourbon is a bit more evident in the taste, but again plays a complementary role. Blackstrap molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and a touch of ash. Leather, vanilla, and melon from the bourbon and again a strong oakiness. Very light lactose-like sweetness.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a bit more carbonation and a higher mash temp. Reasonably creamy for how light the body is and smooth.
4.5 D: An improvement on the base beer, but maybe not by enough to justify the price tag. Still, definitely worth a try and Iíll probably pick up a few more to age. Goes down really easily due to it not being a massive imperial.
As an aside, I had the 09 version earlier this year and it was abominable. Full of tannic astrigency and overly ashy. Iím pleased to see that this yearís vintage is very much improved.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-15-2010 00:20:43