wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle courtesy of rayl101, thanks a ton dude! this is a great beer. took me a second to realize it was a five, but its so damn complex. just the aroma had me sniffing for a while, starts with a good dose of sweet vanilla, bourbon, earthy wood transitioning into espresso, plums, figs, dried black cherries and semi sweet chocolate; literally to name a few. i feel that aroma is the hardest category for me to give a perfect on, and this fit the bill immediately. the pour is pitch black, small dark brown head, but it has a most desirable quality that whenever you swirl it you get some head resurfacing. i used a CBS snifter, which is huge and can kill a low carb beer. this beer had enough carb in the mouthfeel and still kept a steady torrent at every swirl to release the aroma to the last sip. The taste is just awesome. i wasnít even really trying to tell what parts were expedition like and which were double cream like, standalone its just such an excellent flavor that you dont even have to think about it to give it a perfect score. theres so many layers of awesome: different chocolates of varying degrees, dark pitted fruits like cherries, figs, dried apricots, and even prunes in a good way, cold extract coffee, premium espresso, iced caramilla swirl latte, chicory, mesquite, oak, smoke, tar, resin, that black bourbon goo candy that seeps out of the barrel as you age it, burnt marshmallow, and so many more. Itís just so damn complex and tasty and blissful. the mouthfeel is better than you could hope. there is only really a few big stouts out there that truly pull off this level of palate. its full and rich and unwavering and yet its super creamy and smooth. Theres a chocolate milk aftertaste that makes you feel like a kid wishing for another shorty carton in elementary school. this is more of an old school 5.0, if that makes sense.
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.355l bottle from trade with FrostyTiger. This is a deep dark black one with a quickly disappearing but lovely looking dark as hell top. The nose is as amazing as I was expecting. Loaded with dark chocolate and bourbon. Both burned coconut, sweet vanilla and dark soy seeds is present here. As is dark coffee, sweet Nesquick and deep dark roasted malts as well. And the wood shines through all the dark aromas. Absolutely fantastic. Tingling and prickling on the carbonation and it has a massive and thick chewy mouthfeel. Lots of bourbon in the taste without being over the top. Alcohol, sweet milky but dark milk chocolate ice cream, tons of oak, more coconut, sesame seed oil, wood, something burned before it ends warming, dark and just delicious. A fantastic bourbon and roasted aftertaste thatís refusing to let go in the mouth. A really really good one! Canít thank you enough David! 01.05.2013
Leveejr (88) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a pitch lack with a light brown head. Tastes like oak barrel, light coconut, chocolate, slight bourbon. Amazingly smooth and drinkable
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beechner224 (625) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Homer. Pours black , tiny tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, oak, yummy. Taste is really light, atleast for a 11% beer. Light bodied, which I wasnít expecting. Get the bourbon warmth in my throat at the end. Really nice beer.
rdixon77 (630) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing beer. Thanks to joedevivre. Black as night pour. Nose and taste were incredibly balanced. Creamy and slightly chewy mouthfeel that worked so well. Espresso, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. So much complexity as it warmed.
Lectvay (112) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried a 2012 and 2014 side by side. Not that much different, preferred the 2012, seemed rounder and better balanced. A thick and creamy-feeling stout. I thought there was a dominant vanilla character here, too much in my opinion. Very smooth, pretty sweet. Enjoyable, very good.
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a thin head. Huge sweet aroma. Lots of whiskey on the nose. Medium mouth. Taste is sweet. Cocoa, espresso, roast and lots of chocolate. Incredibly easy to drink for the ABV. Alcohol is super hidden.
varollins (1) - - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oaky and bourbon nose from the start right into a full chocolatey, malty, slight vanilla taste with an almost molasses mouthfeel, excellent!
sadams26 (1) - Leonard, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hints of chocolate, slightly of bourbon. Poured dark with good carbonation, taste was very complex, chewy, smooth. One of the best beers i have ever had to drink.
salvaticas (403) - - JUN 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle pour. Strong aromas of coffee and chocolate. Pours a silky black. Palate is incredibly smooth, almost to its own detriment, could use with a stronger back end to balance the heavy flavor. Taste is incredible. Rich, medium bitterness. Very nice. Would love to try on tap. Reminds me of KBS.
Syndicate (73) - Idaho, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet, almost oily black with a very thin beige head. Great lacing and a huge nose. Oakey bourbon is front and center. As soon as you smell this beer you know itís special. You taste it and it delivers. Sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate and bourbon are unapologetic as they coat your palette with every sip. This is a great beer. Iíll have to trade for more next year.