crossovert (10986) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 650ml white-waxed bottle. Bottle # 4224.
It pours a thick, viscous dark blackish brown with a tall foamy but frothy tan head that dissipates with a few skids of lacing. A thick tan froth sits atop the beer.
The smell is amazing. It is hot but in a pleasant bourbony way. The bourbon explodes in the smell, nice hints of wood, caramel, and vanilla dominate. There is a noticeable pronounced fruitiness that is rich and intoxicating. The base stout comes through as well with some cocoa richness and bready but dark, roasty malts.
The flavor is dominated by bourbon in a good way, but the stout isn’t lost. The initial flavor is bourbon and wood, rich, complex layers of wood and vanilla project over a nicely bitter stout base. The heat isn’t overwhelming, but it is a key component in the flavor profile. There is a fruitiness again here that is devilishly good. Mid to late palate brings the chocolate and roastiness and it is fantastic, the finish is sweet.
I have never had a barrel aged beer that had this pronounced and fresh of a bourbon flavor. Normally I hate beers because the bourbon-forward, but this one has changed my mind or something, maybe it just speaks to the expertise of this particular brewery with barrel aging.
Meilby (10863) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml @ TFODRBSG12
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate, oak and vanilla finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
daknole (10835) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice black pour, brown head. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, big bourbon notes, oak, molasses. Damn good!
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pours tar black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a lush swirl of fudge, bourbon, toasted coconut, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is sweet and singed - dark chocolate, tobacco and charcoal accompanied by traces of vanilla and alcohol. Finishes moderately sweet and warming. World class beer. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ The Forge Foco. Deep brown appearance with a very nice, bubbly, dark brown head. Very rich caramel, big toffee, thick woody, vanilla, delicious bourbon, dark chocolate aroma. Excellent aroma- couldn’t ask for more. Super smooth, incredibly tasty, dark caramel, chocolate, big vanilla, super smooth, delicious bourbon flavor. Toffee, chocolate aftertaste. A bit of booze on the finish but super smooth overall. Delicious, sweet dessert beer that is so fucking smooth. Bravo. Edit: as the beer warms up, the alcohol is a lot more noticeable in the nose.
Stuu666 (9986) - 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.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL white wax thanks to MrLo. Good, thicker tan head atop thicker brune head. Sweet strawberry nose with super sweet brandy and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, hot, heavy dark chocolate ganache. Palate is drier, bitter, intense. Not bad. I enjoyed this.
kermis (9980) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, wood, malt, fudge, chocolate, light coffee, molasses. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium thick and sticky mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
deyholla (9904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin brown head that dissipates immediately to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains with notes of barrel, and vanilla. Flavor is is sweet with barrel and vanilla that is balanced by bitter dark chocolate.
Camons (9816) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ The Forge Publick House. A stop on grand tour of Fort Collins breweries and bars with Tim, Aaron and Armin, Thanks !! Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, oak, coconut, vanilla, filled dark chocolate. Taste is malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, rich dark chocolate, caramel, toffee. Full body, low carbonation, long lasting bourbon finish.Simply put = fantastic beer. 250212