dpitinga (101) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 5, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So if you know Colorado, you know that Poncha Springs is in East Bumf*ck (actually it’s not far from Salida, which has some of the prettiest Victorians in CO). This is one of the best black beers that they make in this state and that’s saying a lot given Call to Arms, Bull & Bush, Avery, etc.
Gerbeer (3132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours black with very short tan head. Aromas of black coffee, rich dark chocolate powder, vanilla, and dry roasted malts. Rich flavors of same with addition sweet licorice, dark sugar, and light bourbon. Super stuff.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 22, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle bottled on 12/10/2015. Nose is chocolate, rye bread, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Black with a medium heavy lacing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly roasty, chocolate, and bourbon.
rosskyle (532) - - JUN 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big bottle. Black color with a brown head. Roasted malt dark chocolate sweet aroma. Bourbon up front with a sweet chocolate finish. Smooth heavy body. Good dessert beer.
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zoucrew102 (1377) - - MAY 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked bottle, 2013 vintage. Rich roasted malt aroma with nice chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes. Pours black with a thin light brown head with little retention and lacing. Starts with rich and sweet chocolate malt with a bit of roasted malt. Finishes very smooth with a thick mouthfeel and rich body with excellent bourbon and vanilla flavors on the back end. Very nice bourbon stout.
Padron4KM (799) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml, corked and caged bottle. Bottled 12/10/15. Opaque, thin tan head, thin lace.
Aroma is dark roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, prune. Bourbon is hiding in the background with the oak.
Flavor is sweet and milky up front, followed by light chocolate, smoke, coffee. Bourbon is there in small doses, mostly butterscotch and caramel.
Too sweet and not enough bourbon character. ABV is well hidden, so, bonus points for that.
StefanSD (2373) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Blackish with a big tan head that has good retention. The aroma is medium in strength with chocolate malts, vanilla and whiskey. The taste is a bit too sweet with milk chocolate, mocha, saccharine, and vanilla. Perhaps a trace of whiskey on the back end, but that is mostly an aromatic. The palate is full and creamy. Finishes long and sweet. Overall: I was expecting this to be a bit m boozy, but it wasn’t. So, well done there. Sweetness and a lack of complexity keep this from being a 4.0 beer. None the less its a decent RIS at a decent price($13.00) and that makes it a good value.
JefVerstraete (2919) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBWG 2016. Many thanks! Dark brown/black colour, Sweet malty, light coffee roastiness and vanilla, some fruitiness and lots of bourbon.
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at ESBLS. Light eating black. A fruity aroma is a surprise. Bourbon under it and that leads the flavor. Big bourbon flavor. Roast and big malts. Citrus under all of that. Chocolate, earth, coffee, tobacco. Very good stuff.
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20/II/16 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG V (Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, bottled: XII/18/13 (2016-201) Thanks to Beerlover_Ben for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark purple brown beer, small creamy head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: boozy, bourbon, vanilla, sweet, caramel, more alcohol. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: surprisingly sourish start, boozy, alcohol, some vanilla, pretty roasted, bit funky, bitter. Aftertaste: roasted, vanilla, sourish, more alcohol, bourbon, somewhat bitter.