jrob21 (2897) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is delicious. Thanksgiving desert beer with pumpkin cheesecake. What a combo. Well balanced with just the right amount of sweetness and vanilla bourbon flavor.
DuffMan (7828) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden and Parksy at Mandalay Bay Burger Bar. Dark hearty pour, viscous and lush looking, with a slow-to-rise finely bubbled brown head. Crazy complexity in the aroma! Initially the bourbon is obvious but not the solo player. There is tons of burnt malt, chocolate, prunes, fig jam, vanilla, and cigar box. Palate is the same: yes there is bourbon and barrel here, but the beer more than holds up against it. Hard roast, chocolate, oaky vanilla, porty fruits (cherries, raisins), cigar box, aniseed. I could drink this for hours. No sign of the ABV either, crazy smooth and rich. Fantastic.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating from old notes. Pours black as night, with a beautiful light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, tobacco, and plenty of wood. Wonderful mouth feel. Amazing stout.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at firestone’s tasting room in paso robles. Pours motor oil brown/ black with a little cocoa head. Nose is roasted malt, toffee, and espresso, touch of oak. Taste is roasted caramel malt, espresso, chocolate, bourbon, finishing with a nice medium bitter hop note. Super big, super complex, super delicious beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Skuter for getting this out to me.
A: Pours near-black with a nice tan head that sticks around with a bit of lacing.
S: Very, very nice. The first thing I notice is quite a bit of oak alongside some vanilla and bits of char. In the background there are notes of chocolate and roasted coffee.
T: Much the same as the nose, but the roasted malt and oak take over a little bit, not allowing many of the subtle complexities to come through. It is very clear that this played a big role in the final FW13 blend.
M: Nice and creamy. Medium to full body.
D: Quite drinkable, although I really wish that the flavor profile was as well-integrated and complex as the nose. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this with a bit of age on it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-18-2010
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have had this a couple of times, and it always impresses me.
Rich dark and complex.
not much head, thin but VERY dark ring around the glass.
Nice rich chocolaty and a bit of leather in the aroma.
YUM this tastes great with a deep rich full mouth-feel.
Too bad the alcohol is up and the bottles are big, i’d get this again
fcjack1 (233) - Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Red Hot. Very syrupy. Smell is strong but not overbearing alcohol. Taste chocolate, coffee, good burn. Very tasty brew.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep thick black with caramel/tan head. Aroma has roast, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Taste is thick, with almost no alcohol. Nice and roasted, leather, with bitter coffee and chocolate, sweet caramel and molasses finishing with a bitter finish. Very delicious stout.
madvike (3086) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours black with a small tan head. Butterscotch, dark roast, and caramel on the nose, with a decent amount of heat and a touch of soy sauce and dark chocolate. Yum. Taste is bourbony with caramel and dark roast, dark chocolate. Nice, but pretty damn sweet--and a little too hot. Would like to try this with some age on it.
Ibrew2or3 (7421) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another big thanks to markwise for sharing another amazing brew. It pours deep dark void with nice mocha head. The aroma is rich chocolate yum, caramel candy, molasses, dark roasted malts and a pleasing mild pulse of sweet dark fruity esters. The taste is similar with dark roasted malts mixing with caramel candy, molasses, rich sweet dark fruity esters and smooth chocolate notes. It finishes up with the chocolate bringing on a rich velvety feel along with molasses, caramel and fading dark fruity esters. Just yummy smooth and showing no signs of its huge ABV.