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This is your year round favorite Black Strap Stout thatís been aged in a Bourbon Barrel, and then bottle conditioned in our big 1 liter swing-top returnable bottles. Available at the brewery as part of our FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS and lasting until itís all gone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Apparently I had this @ Beerlandoís throwdown. Black color with a thin even dark tan head. Heavy roast, chalk, lacto, cocoa on the aroma. Mild roasty taste, straightforward but solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Thick black. dry Flatish. Some roastiness, but otherwise low in flavor. At toncatcherís tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1639) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle shared by someone at Spuyten Duyvil big beer fest. Thanks! Black with brown head and alce. Coffee and wood aroma. Coffee wood chocolate dark fruit and dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Big-ass quart of beer from corby112 - thanks, Craig! Loved the Black Strap when I had a growler of that last year, and there was something about the combination of super creamy mouthfeel and assertive roasts that was so delightful. I have to say that this oneís just short of the mark, although still quite nice. While the barrel is quite subtle here, thankfully, some of the additional flavors (chocolate, slight cream) have been pushed to the margins, leaving just black coffee. I love me some face-wrecking coffee, so Iím good with that; but it could use a little more depth. Mouthfeel, too, wasnít as full and sumptuous as I was anticipating (or remembering from the original) either. So overall, still pretty damn good but not quite what it could have been.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (4774) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Liquid Sunshine VII Tasting Ė Kirkland, WA
Aroma: Big rich stout aroma with a dark chocolate and coffee lingering.
Appearance: Dark black in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Deep rich dark malt flavors rich chocolate and coffee coming off.
Palate: Dry Stout Chocolate Finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: A super stout this was a great beer. Loved the flavors of this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Thanks RiversideAK! Strong and rich coffee aroma, jet black and a small tan head. Dense gritty coffee, shocked wih the dry intensity. Single profile but very dense and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2009
1L swingtop. Thanks so much, Riverside! Wow, this was a jammin basic stout. Jet black with a thick, surging burnt orange/tan head. Big burny roasty nose. Chocolate and prune there as well. Creamy medium body. Toast, roast, chocolate, and oak on the mid-palate. Long roasty finish. A basic beer done very well by complicating it a bit. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cheap (3942) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Homewood reserve batch 2009. Well, Iím glad this aint no impy stout, I was under the impression that it was. Big brown flip top bottle, must be at least a quart+. Nice roasty stout aroma, comes across as very enticing. Big black pour that I think is staining my big clear beer mug. Creamy thin choco moose head. First taste I think its going to be too impy bitter but it never quite gets there. Burned charcoal taste permiates this brew but it is not overwhelming. I think this stuff may be milder than the black strap, if that is possible. Iím not sure what oak barrels have to do with the taste but it is ceratinly different than the black strap. Not much carbonation on the tongue but you can sure tell there is a fizzy creaminess down the throat. Overall an impressively dark beer that is much heavier than most stouts but much more well behaved and enjoyable compared to impy stouts. Good session. Hope this brown stain comes outta my glass, wew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeterís Spring Gathering. Pours a hefty black with a thick tan head, looking a little soda bubble like. Smells roasty, but with some graininess and a little bit of cardboard. Thin bodied and roasty. Light roast on the finish, but a little weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle shared with Jason. Strange-looking bottle. Really dark pour, and a caramel head. Strong hoppy presence in the nose to counteract the huge dark malts and bourbon. Not sure this is my favorite style, but itís pretty well done. The bourbon is just a little astringent and biting, and the balance is not quite there. Still, there are some really nice roasted flavors in this, and itís a good beer overall.

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