iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from Litticker’s a few weeks ago, $22.99. Clear deep brown garnet with a small brown head, fading to a thick ring before long. Nose has bourbon and brandy, old spirit wood, moderate brown sugar and caramel notes--reminds me of my grandma’s homemade caramel (lightly butter rummy with vanilla)., Flavor continues with good bourbon and oak elements, definitely showing its some of its 13% ABV. Strangely, I’m not getting a lot of stout characteristics considering this is over 1/3 stout/imperial stout--just a touch of chocolate. Actually, I am getting a little roast in the finish once it warmed up some. Semi-dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, some warming from the alcohol down my throat. Low carbonation (appropriate) with a medium full body. Quite tasty. Glad I have one more to try out a few years down the road.
zizzybalubba (1150) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Y-Not in Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown, nearly black, pour with almost no head. The aroma is dominated by the barrel aging with huge amounts of whiskey on the nose. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and coconut come through in the aroma as well. The taste is complex but not overwhelming. Roasted coffee and chocolate are the prominent flavors with German chocolate cake, vanilla, and bourbon coming through as well. Alcohol is detected in both warmth and taste but does not get in the way. Yet another stunning beer from this brewery.
hayduke (2926) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle obtained from THE LOCAL Beer Bar in Eureka, CA. Poured a near black with a medium size and very thick dark tan head and sticky lacing. Nose of ripe dark fruit, chocolate and oak aromas. Full body. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is so very rich with bourbon and wine barrels, vanilla, and and lots of ripe fruit. The alcohol shows, but seems jus right in a beer this rich. Rye shows in the very delicoous finish. Really an amazing beer.
GandGKevin (840) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet coffee aromas. Sweet coffee flavors. Overall a fantastic. Wow what a beer. You have to try it.
944play (326) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Heritage in flute. Deep brown with diminishing fine tan foam. Forceful toffee and rum aromas dominate undercurrents of brighter herbs and vanilla. Sweet, strong, complex flavors of malt sugars, licorice, and woody phenols are pleasing and clean. Carbonation is a bit higher than ideal for a giant bruiser like this, but the body is nice and relatively light with a non-cloying finish. Tastykins.
Tmoney99 (8768) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop, toasted malt and dark bourbon wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer but not now great.
beersearcher (1948) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much lighter and hoppier than previous years though it looks a darker black to me. None of the barrel and spirit notes that have been prevalent in the past. Almost a super dark CDA.
Sledutah (3172) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the holiday party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, plum and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla and oak
Nice and smooth.
mrhoppy (861) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good but not great. The main problem I have with this beer prickly carbonation. Really takes away from the smoothness. Sweet Alcoholic Aroma. ToasTed marshmallow nice grainy element.
onceblind (2532) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2100th rating, couldn’t ask for a better brew to do it with. Tap at Oskar Blues HMLS Firestone tap takeover. Murky dark dark brown with a small foamy beige head. Super complex aroma with rye, chocolate, coffee, raisins, caramel, lavendar, earthy toffee, and honey. Flavor is strong and boozy with some lovely raisin and chocolate tones, a bunch of lovely coffee tones, some honey, some port, and some earthy sweet & boozy toffee. Quite a bit of bourbon and oak. Just smooth and wonderful.