Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1L swingtop. The body is a dense looking chocolate brown that shows virtually black at the center. A frothy, bubbly, light brown head leaves spotty lacing behind. Aromas of rich, bittersweet bakerís chocolate and espresso lay the base, while soft, woody vanilla notes and a subtle bourbon twinge add complimentary layers. Flavors are again rich and chocolaty, with notes of tasty cafe mocha and light, vanilla laden oak. The bourbon serves more as an afterthought here, but thatís not necessarily bad as the end result speaks for itself. Medium-full bodied, semi-dry, and perhaps a bit overly carbonated, the palate is a slight letdown. Good stuff overall.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a smallish light tan head. Smells of some roast, bitter chocolate, and mild coffe. Fairly simple aroma. The flavor seemed to have pretty good balance to it. Very roasty, with toasted malts, maybe some caramel cream and dark chocolate formulating the flavor profile. Seems like a pretty simple stout, but no really big flaws were noticeable. Not bad at all
PhillyBeer2112 (2523) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
FRO throwdown: Grass and caramel nose. Flavor and mouthfeel was very light, almost watery thinned out finish. Notes of coffee, chocolate and maybe wood are in there
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at O-town throwdown í09
Pours black with mocha head, nice golden lacing.
Aroma of light malts and chocolate, oak.
Taste chocolate malts with notes of coffee, light wood and bourbon was hardly noticeable.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Notalush. Super dry, ashy, smoky aroma, some wood/mahogany notes. Big, bad, bitter and bold flavor, tons of malt bitterness with no barrel character at all. Smoky, dry and wonderful, this is a fantastic stout. With no sweetness at all, I would absolutely love to see more stouts done like this.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by notalush. Pitch black beer with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma is quite rich and deep. Big cocoa and chocolate with a touch of roastiness. The flavour is lightly salty with a little bit of lean pale malts in the back. The flavour is less substantial than the aroma would have suggested. A touch of woodiness with a lingering toasty dryness.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bottle ahred by notalush (Thanks Brandon!) Pours opaque black with a dense brown head. The aroma is thick black malt, light ash, with an underlying fruity note and evident licorice. Very dry flavor- nice and drinkable. Lots of oak/dry wood and black malt give little sweetness to this well crafted Stout. It gained little to no boozy sweetness from the barrel- leaving it dry and oaky. Nicely done.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured black with a large long lasting dark tan head. Roasty dry aroma with chocolate and a plastic/vinyl that I have seen in other heavily roasted beers. Dark chocolate, smoke and ash also in this complex aroma. Roasty malt flavor. Very dry and fairly dull flavor. Light bodied.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quite simply the best beer I have ever had. Just right mix of bourbon character, perfect pour and head I havenít seen replicated. Thank the beer gods that Scott has decided to do another batch, a be in line to get a taste.
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to sirpsycho for this - I shared this with a bunch of people, and opinion was quite divided, but I loved this stuff - pours black, with a thick, frothy tan lace - aroma of roast, very light oak, and some very subtle smoke - very creamy mouthfeel, medium body - moderate carbonation - the oak and bourbon is very subtle, adding a nice oaky complexity that lends itself well to the roastiness of the base beer - quite dry, with a bit of vanilla and espresso on the back end - very restrained for a bourbon-aged beer, and quite tasty because of it.