ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet molasses and heavy dark fruit nose, lots of roasted coffee, and some chocolate. The taste is all sweetness, lots of molasses, maple syrup, lots of prunes and plums, and very sweet coffee. Really needs some hops and attenuation. Smelled nice though.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of rayl101. Black, minimal beige head, growing legs. Aroma is full of chocolate, mollasses, fiant hop character. Flavor is syruppy sweet, full of mollasses, chocolate, roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, syrup.
Pailhead (6322) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of rayl101
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and light alcohol. It a dark brown, with no transparency, and a minimal head. The flavor starts with chocolate and a hint of fruit. The finish has notes of bourbon, light oak, and a hint of maple syrup. Full bodied with slightly oily mouthfeel.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great stout. Poured black with a small head. Nose of oak, burnt sugar, chocolate. The encore tasting of a 10-12 bottle sharing party and it certainly lived up to its status.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A bottle of Batch 1 from OTM. The appearance is a midnight black with a small brown head. The aromas are rich dark chocolate, oak barrels, bourbon galore. Great nose. Wow and the flavors are there to fully back it up. Loads of well rounded and balanced bourbon upon entry that gives way to a rich dark chocolate truffle, the oak flavors really last on the finish with a mild alcohol kiss. Some fine tobacco/smokiness notes, vanilla and coconut in there as well. The mouth is rich, full bodied, and smooth. Wow just a delectable treat!!
jrob21 (3364) - 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 (9016) - 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