Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big 1 liter fliptop shared by Hopdog- Thanks! Looks nice- dep dark woody brown almost black with a massive lasting sticky brown head and some lace. A roma is licorice, oak, vanilla, ligth smoked malt, sweet molasses and brown sugar and a unique spearmint thing which was a bit weird. Bourbon in the flavor, along with vanilla and oak, good molasses sweetness but overall the beer isnt cloying at all- nice dark chocolate and some more smoke- mint is toned down a bit in the flavor and is damn smooth in the end. Great Stout.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blackish color with a medium head. This one is basically the Black Strap Stout with very little appreciable influence from the barrel. The aroma has a slight bit of wood with the standard black strap roast and dark chocolate. Flavor is nice and roasty with a dry finish. Good, but I feel a tad ripped off by the lack of barrel.
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 liter flip top bottle. Poured a dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, earthy, and some coffee. Tastes of wood, roast, lighter chocolate, dark fruits, earthy, and vanilla. I was getting the woody and vanilla, but the bourbon was almost non-existent. Lightly thin body but nice and smooth. Light lacing left on the glass.
egajdzis (4894) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla oak, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, toast, and smoke. Taste of roasted malts, charred wood, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of dark fruit, with a touch of alcohol in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4221) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. Pours a deep black with a large bubbly creamy deep tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, light roasted malt, some coffee, light floral notes, caramel and very like bourbon. Flavor of light roasted malt, wood, earthy, caramel, nuts, some vanilla and not a whole lot bourbon.
zathrus13 (1627) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L bottle. Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Afroma is malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruit, and small bits of bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is roasted/burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and smoke.
body is medium, lighter than I hoped.
michael-pollack (4962) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1L Swingtop Returnable Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, molasses, malts, light oak, slight bourbon, slight cocoa, and a hint of smoke. Poured pitch black in color with a large, dense, thick, creamy, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of chocolate, bitter chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, slight vanilla, roasting, light smoke, oak, wood, slight tar, and a hint of toffee. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Bitter, chocolate, light bourbon, and oak finish is dry.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: January 10, 2009
Source: Tasting, HMoG
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma, touch of vanilla
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, just a touch of dark caramel sweetness, bitterness has a hint of oak
Overall: too dry and bitter for me
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Beerman6686 (3120) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Pipers Pub. Poured a pitch black color with a pretty dark tan head. Aroma is of really burnt malts, like the original, but with nice smooth notes of oak and bourbon. Flavor was a bit suprising to me. Not completely overwhelmed with the bourbon flavor like alot of these are, just silky smooth with the deep roastedness and also detected were a few chocolate and smokey hints as well. Only thing lacking is a little weakness in the body.