trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from South Bay. Let this one warm up. Poured jet black with an impressive thick, creamy tan head. Sticky lacing. Heavy chocolate and roasted malt nose. Smoke, leather, oak, some bourbon, and oats as well. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Love how it coats your mouth. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt hits you first. More sweet than bitter, but held in check. Rich coffee flavor (without the acidity), anise, caramel, and creamy milk-chocolate flavors come through. Hints of bourbon and an earthy smokiness pop occasionally. No soy sauce or wooden flavors, just a thick, lovely stout. The alcohol is well masked, but gives a pleasant warmth. Please brew more of this.
strattonspeaks (84) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black pour with milk chocolate head. Nice aroma, but I expected something a little bigger. Nose is sweet and bourbon heavy. Good balance to the flavor. A lot of elements going on---roasted malt, wood, chocolate, light coffee, bourbon, buried dark fruit---but nothing commands or overpowers. A nice melody of bitter sweetness and warming alcohol. Solid brew.
EtTuCthulhu (742) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color of this beer is an opaque black with a minimal tan head that fades quickly to a ring, and the aroma has a strong bourbon scent blended with hints of chocolate as well as caramel and roasted malts. The taste is is mildly sweet, slightly sour, slightly bitter, mild umami, and boozy, and the palate combines an oily texture, medium body, malty finish, and flat carbonation, which doesnít quite match the flavor.
bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Bu11zeye. Pours dark black with a fizzy/creamy tan head. Dizzying aroma of molasses, heat and dark malt. And treacle. Full bodied, at least. Flavor is treacle, dark malt, treacle, hint of coffee, touch of heat. Hint of chocolate. Very tasty.
marcus (5621) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a full-bodied chocolate and treacle flavor with a hint of coffee.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours thick black with almost no head, but what is there is is a darker khaki ring of foam. The aroma is sweet, fruity, oaky, and musty. Tastes sweet and fruity on top of a thick coffee presence. That whiskey sweetness is coming through surprisingly well deep the being a couple years old.
BOSSbrewer (1031) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black. Lots of chocolate and dark fruits. Head dissipates quickly. Very smooth and creamy beer. One of my favorites.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 5834
A - Pours completely opaque. On top is a dense and creamy 1 finger nitro-bubbled head thatís a light mocha color.
S - A strong waft of sweet milk chocolate up front. The whiskey barrel is very apparent and provides nice charred/roasty aromas. Lots of roasted malts, rum cake, toasted rye bread, molasses. One of the best smelling stouts Iíve come across.
T - Roasted malt enveloped in dark cocoa and sugary espresso. Some roasted marshmallow sweetness as well as some dark fruit-mostly raisins. The wood is not shy and contributes strong bourbon and vanilla flavor. Some smoke and caramelized sugar. Quite a bit of hops add bittering overtones.
M - Soft carbonation, full bodied, thick, sticky, tenaciously velvety, rich, viscous, incredible! A robust smokey sweet finish leads to a roasty wood aftertaste.
I noticed no infection. I thought I smelled a tiny hint of brett right when I poured it but it could have been in my head.
This beer is BIGTIME! The aroma alone is worth the buy. Itís unexplainable. The incredible texture is the 2nd best thing, and the flavors are bold and robust.
Iím going to pick up another bottle and age it because as awesome as this beer is now, it will be even better with some age on it.
Serving type: bottle
Chudwick (1554) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle - pours dark brown. Nose is sweet chocolate with bourbon. Flavor is similar to nose. Boozy. Dry. Creamy.
RobertDale (2617) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle, shared. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, fruit, and wood. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, tart fruit, oak, and vanilla. Chocolate and tart fruit at the finish. Nice.
maneliquor (2284) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black with a thick, tan head which leaves great lacing and stays for the duration. Nose shows thick fudge-like chocolate and a perfectly balanced note of smoke - not peat, just light smoke which doesnít overpower anything. Taste comes through with heavy dark chocolate - not overly bitter like some, light liquorice/molasses, fudge-like chocolate and vanilla notes. Everything is in great check. Balance is superb. Very creamy mouth feel with a lengthy, yet not over the top bitter sweet finish. Really good stuff