AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the 2011 Bottling. Interesting 2011 is an 18/20 blend and the 2012 is full 20 years. Should have done these side by side but oh well.
A - Pours pitch black. Not thick but certainly very dark in the glass. a tiny nitro looking head forms and fades fast.
S - Lots of raisin, fig, and chocolate notes. Sadly a bit of soy sauce as well.
T - Taste is nice. Still yes, lots of soy sauce but there’s a nice hot chocolate with marshmallow taste, dark fruits, nice vanilla presence and a whole ton of oak just oaky from start to finish. I get a minor coconut as well.
M - Oily and thin.
O - Not a bad beer. Probably should have opened this up a year ago. Still very good.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Bottle. Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma is of caramel, maple, soy sauce, and oak. Flavor is a bit stronger with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. The bourbon heat picks up a little on the finish.
Garlic_of_Doom (627) - SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage from Dale, thanks!
Pours black with a small beige head.
Aroma has lots of raisin/port wine, vanilla and chocolate.
Taste has liquorice, bourbon like sweetness, dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight heat.
Full body with high carbonation, oily and smooth.
After taste is bitter and has some bourbon heat.
Gription79 (2830) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, thanks to Doug. A great beer after a long drive. Huge notes of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, slight woody character, dark stone fruits, raisin. Thick and delicious. The alcohol heat is minimal.
douglas88 (8412) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome bottle. 2011 edition. Pours a jet black color with a small beige head. A wonderful nose of vanilla, massive mellow bourbon, toffee. huge. The flavor is super easy to drink, mellow, oak, vanilla, burnt caramel, dark fruit, light heat. My rating doesn’t convey how damn good that barrel is. Awesome beer. Top notch BA stout.
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared with Lotta. Pours jet black with a small bubbly tanned head leaving some laces. Aroma is sweet raisins vinous roasted malty molasses, full bodied, some notes of coffee and chocolate mixed with alcohol. Flavor is similar to aroma, Velvety smooth, vanilla lightly bitter in front increasing towards the end. Surprisingly drinkable, not as heavy as I had expected.
Macegan75 (816) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle from my cellar. Pours black with beautiful ruby hightlights. nose is molasses, leather, brandy and dried cherries. First sip is sweet with roasted flavors like fresh espresso, followed lovely bourbon notes with deep dark chocolate followed by slightly smokey boozy brownie finish.
Stuu666 (10626) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet toffee and vanilla, bitter chocolate roast, some coffee.
allmyvinyl (9449) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Aromas of rich christmas pudding, soy sauce and red meat, treacle and bourbon. Amazing nose. Taste subtley blends them all together, coming out with vanilla and maple syrup. Creamy texture, rich mouthfeel, luscious texture. Ace stuff.
Lonick (1320) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is fantastic, soy sauce and rare red meat. Pours black with a slight brown head. Caramel and maple syrup, subtle bourbon, excellent.
Bottle, GBBF 2013, thanks to HarrisonNI (THE KING OF THE PALE ALES) for the forwarding to CGarvieUK