TheGB (566) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a lasting brown head. Nice aroma of malt, caramel, and some hops. Full bodies with a nice palate and balanced flavors.
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BVery (7952) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pinocchios in Media, PA. Dark brown pour with a white clingy head. Roasted coffee with a touch of dark chocolate. Very nice.
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Caponeís. On Nitro. Dark brown pour with a smaller sized off white head. I would have put this as an oatmeal stout. Lots of oats, with chocolate, roast,wood, and some vanilla. Bitter chocolate in the finish.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A black beer here with a fairly tall tan head. The head is dense and mousse like. Nice contrast.
Aroma of rich roasted malts and coffee and chocolate. I didnít pickup any oak barrels or whiskey in the nose.
Roasted malts are dominate in the taste not overpowering but just the first thing you taste upon first sip. Accent flavors includes coffee and bittersweet chocolate and suggestive hints of oak and spirits. Fuggle hops lend just a light bittering to this stoudt.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout but none the less itís smooth and easy drinking. An excellent well made stout smooth and creamy with layers of flavor.
That being said, I would like to see the carbos pumped up a bit as well as an increase in head size for appearance purposes. I also think itís a bit thin giving a washed down feel. As stated previous, I would drink this beer many more times... and with glee
bytemesis (4599) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours clear deep reddish brown with a small creamy tan head that laces well. Slightly sweet aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a little whiskey. Taste is of coffee, roasted malts with a lightly bitter finish. Creamy and rich in the mouth. Quite tasty.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Humpyís. Dark brown almost black with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel and dark roasted coffee. Flavor is semi-sweet chocolate, bitter roasted malt and some cereal. Medium to full body with average carbonation and a thick, creamy mouth feel. Solid stout.
jcartamdg (2437) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with very little head in my ccb snifter. Very little head but lacing clings to the glass. Ara of coffee and sweet malts. Taste is smooth light with a coffee aftertaste. Mouth feel is surprisingly light and smooth, easy to drink and delicious
abcfan (823) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic brew. Pours black with a caramel head. Nice oat aroma. Soft/creamy in mouth with sweet chocolate notes. Finishes velevety smooth with a touch of magic as the name implies.
HoochieMama1 (32) - - MAY 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, brown stained, dark tan colored head. The beer is a rich black color that shows some clear, brown hues around the edges if it is held up directly to the light. The nose smells of roasted grain, well browned, quite toasted whole grain bread, touches of roasted coffee and just a generally, ample dark / roasted malt character. I like that the nose escapes being sharp or acrid from the roast malt focus. There is a touch of roundness and perhaps subtle sweetness towards the finish of the aroma; this accentuates touches of chocolate and perhaps some sweet coffee ice-cream like aromatics. As the beer warms up it picks up more of a roasted nutty like character.
Light bodied and dry up front, as the beer moves across the palate it picks up a touch of perceived, and perhaps even actual sweetness. The sweetness is brought out by a very soft, subtle Bourbon barrel influence that leans towards toasted coconut and vanillin and perhaps a hint of Bourbon / oak spiciness. The barrel influence is really quite subtle, and if I didnít know it was here, I might not have really picked it up. Ample cold coffee roast flavors are here, there is a full, whole grain toasted character here, as well as a touch of complexly browned, barley husk like notes; this last is quite smooth and integrated and adds a sort of whole grain spiciness to this brew. The body has a certain creaminess to it, my vigorous pour knocked out much of the carbonation; this is definitely light and quaffable, but I like that it has a touch of fullness to it. The finish has a lingering, slightly bitter, burnt roast character to it; this is accentuated by a light, prickly effervescence from the carbonation.
The Bourbon barrel influence is quite subtle in the aroma, I wasnít expecting a whole lot of Bourbon character here, but it is definitely quite reduced from Velvet Merkin. In the flavor it is soft, but it is also noticeable; I do like that it was kept at a very low level here, but I almost feel like it could use a touch more as I almost feel like it is too subtle. That can be a dangerous thing though, as I definitely prefer that the barrel character be kept fairly low. Still, this is a fantastic beer and is something I am quite happy to have a 6-pack of (the $6.99 price doesnít hurt either); the extra boost of smooth complexity from the Bourbon barrel really adds something to this beer.