coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is black. No light penetration, at all. Pours like motor oil. Thick and viscous. Beautiful.
Two-finger head of chocolate colored foam that leaves a thin film. Excellent, even a bit oily, lacing.
Pure, unadulterated, friggin’ malt bomb. Huge malty notes with caramel, toffee, coffee and dark chocolate shining through. Underneath, there are loads of very ripe dark fruits. Brown sugar and maple syrup. Big roasted notes. Booziness.
What happened to that 18%ABV? Where is it?
Wow, this is much smoother than expected.
Freakin’ huge sweet roasted malts attack your pallette, in the most beautiful way. Dark chocolate and vanilla mixed with caramelized brown sugar. Red and black cherries. Plums and figs. Hints of bananas and pineapple. Hints of roasted nuts.
Remeniscent of a very fine Port wine. Only better.
Mouthfeel is big and oily, like I like it to be. Sadly, it lacks the creaminess that I think belongs here. Only a very slight amount of carbonation is here and I think that detracts from the overall experience.
Although this is 18%ABV, it’s so well hidden that I would love to drink these, one right after another. I totally think that you could, too. This is a tasty flippin’ brew. The only thing to worry about is standing up after three or four or twelve of these.
stoutnick (328) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen, NYC. Black with tan head. Aroma is roast. Taste is very sweet ; extreme alcohol comes through in the oily saccharine flavour. Nice but sweetness really takes over. Not super balanced, but then what can be at this alcohol strength. As it warms, sweetness and roast flavours interplay well. Finish is not sticky surprisingly, malt bitterness. Overall, not enough going on here outside the crazy booze.
anthony850 (155) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle 2010. hearty Tasting beer more like a port instead of stout I'll try the 2008 next.
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vlan1 (127) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured into tulip glass. Motor oil black with no head. Aroma of roast coffee and alcohol. Taste of roasty coffee and toast with molasses. Alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste. Totally lives up to the hype.
skmikeg (680) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ink black with a one finger kakhi head with excellent lacing and legs. Aroma is of deeply roasted malts, dark and milk coco, coffee, Licorise, dark fruits, burnt wood, molasses, bourbon whiskey, and some booze. Taste is similar to the aroma but is even more chocolate dominate and roasty with some booze but very little heat. Has a full body with a creamy, silky, oily body and a semi bitter, long, lingering finish. Overall, a fantastic, very well crafted stout that does a excellent job of hiding its extreme ABV very well and almost drink more like a liquor then a beer.
AndyW68 (783) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with tan head. Boozy caramel sweetness on the nose. Taste is sweet with a definite alcohol burn and plumbs. Would love to have this as a regular. Cant drink a lot at once
wildbeercat (325) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled on date reads 12/11/13; enjoyed and reviewed on 8 March 2014.
355ml bottle poured into a shaker glass; served cool.
Aroma: Extreme amounts of chocolate. A little coffee, sure. This beer is more chocolate forward, though. It is like smelling a melted pool of baking chocolate. It is an abundance of chocolate and roasted-black malt.
Appearance: This beer has a completely opaque, black body, but when held up to the light, has edges of a dark ruby-brown. This beer has almost no head, but does have a ring of tan foam. This beer leaves very thick lacing.
Taste: This beer abounds in chocolate flavors, which range from being sweet and milky on the tip of the tongue and front-mid palate, to a gentle bitterness deep on the rear palate and throat. This beer is boozy; while the alcohol content is masked, and this beer isn’t "hot", the alcohol content is obviously high.
Palate: This beer is heavy and full-bodied. This beer has a silky, creamy texture. This beer has a low amount of carbonation and and long finish that ends on bitter chocolate.
Overall: World Wide Stout gives Bourbon County a run for its money. While they are stylistically different, they are equally fantastic.
bigguns22 (565) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at oscars ale house. Very dark almost black beer with a dark tan head. Aroma is rich and roasted malts with lite cherry note. The rich maltiness carries right in to the flavor with a large alcohol presence.
Daytonbeer (573) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with small tan layer on top and no lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is the same, but not as complex as I’d hoped. Maybe it needed to warm. Oily. Alcohol is well masked. Very nice.
ChattyMonk (1) - - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I know that everyone compares it to a fine port. But the alcohol is to high. Too hot on the back of the tongue. It overpowers the raisin and date flavors. Overall. Good but not great
DonutSeducer (20) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slow sipper, jet black appearance. Raisins at first, complex notes. Very expensive but worth the purchase. I recently had it at a beer festival and it was one of the top performers.