Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, courtesy cquiroga. Pouring a dense, oily looking, glossy black color, the hefty body supports a small crown of ultra-smooth, creamy, light brown foam. Tapering off to a thin-walled ring with just a skin at the center, the head has a wet spotting and dense brown staining effect on the glass. Beautiful brew. The nose approaches mastery, layered with deep, rich, chocolate cake malts, fudge, biscuit, sweet tobacco, and vanilla. Charred oak lends just a touch of smoke character, as distinctly British style hops serve as the perfect counterpoint. Bourbon is persistently smooth throughout, serving an appropriate backup role, and creamy oats act as the glue that binds everything together. Flavors run along much the same lines. Fluffy chocolate cake with fudge icing comes to mind. Vanilla and creamed oats bring a softness that counters the dark roast and the barrel char beautifully. Bourbon is perhaps a little too assertive, but itís a fact that is easily overlooked considering the near perfect malt billing. Big bodied, oily, and viscous, the palate just glides effortlessly as it rolls back and forth across the tongue. Well after the swallow, the mouth is coated in smooth, bourbon-kissed chocolate goodness. Warmth is certainly there, but it isnít overly hot or anything. Overall, this is a wonderful slow sipper. It is straightforward, not overly complex, but it is masterful in its simplicity. Iíd probably say that this surpasses most of the anniversary blends that Iíve had to date, for my tastes.
kidmartinek (2450) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oily black. Small tan bubbling. Smells like oak an alcohol. Tastes like cocoa, toffee, vanilla, oak, toasty dark malts and alcohol. Pretty damn good but the alchyness is a little offputting. The flavor is really good though.
dctriman (37) - USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchkey during Savour week. Very well balanced, low carbonation beer. Subtle flavours balance the bourbon at warmer temps
Pyrmir (1201) - Westra Aros, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @CBC13. Pitch black with small tan head. Aroma intense; roastiness, coffee, bourbon, tobacco, dark chocolate and tar. Taste is very rich and full, same notes as aroma plus some plums and berries, finish is tarry and roasted.
MrFecesious (325) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pitch black with a great tan brown cap. Raisin, chocolate, licorice, biscuit, coffee, wood, bourbon aroma. Taste is the same but with cherry, and HARD dry wood palate.
Miked1687 (213) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle Poured into a snifter. Extremely dark pour with a mocha brown head that laces a bit, but sticks around the edge. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, cereal. Taste is pretty big on chocolate and coffee. A little booze and lots of vanilla. Some woodiness in the finish. less bourbon than expected. Medium thick mouth feel.
DCLawyer (687) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with lite brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, espresso. Rich, complex, very good. Only complaint is a tad too boozy.
dogfishho (470) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a heavy barrel presence, which is a good thing. Extremely silky and smooth mouthfeel. Nice sweet vanilla flavors balanced out by roastiness.
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tourette (200) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on tap. Serious stout. Amazing balance and complexity. Nutty, chocolate, sweet, oak, and just all around amazing. You can taste the alcohol a bit much, but that's my only dig.
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IvoR (63) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing brew. Outstanding aroma of milk chocolate and hazelnut. Flavor starts out mild with a sweet vanilla taste until the roasted barley (or malt) and hops kick in all at once. Leaves a mild but lasting finish. Alcohol is barely noticeable but warmth is.
gunnar (3586) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours entire black with a nice tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, tar,liquorice and tobacco. Taste is superb liquorice mixed with rich burnt malts. Smooth and thick mouthfeel. Lovely beer.