brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: A very nice looking black pour with a thin layer of tan foam on top.
S: A strong aroma of coffee with other scents such oatmeal, roasted malt, and chocolate joining the party.
T: The flavor is a bit disappointing. The coffee is once again the dominant sensation. The oatmeal is there, but surprisingly not a huge presence. There are also some hints of chocolate and roasted malt.
M: The beer has a nice smooth somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The body, however, isn’t quite as full as I was expecting.
D: Certainly a very drinkable beer with very little alcohol presence. I was really excited to get to try this, but a bit let down by it.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Rating #67. Pitch black with a tan head. Light, clean oaty aroma. Great mouthfeel, super silky with a light roast and a very nice finish, really tasty stuff, could have had this all day. (1128)
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Charlie Jewells...Pours dark black wth a light brown head...Aroma has a nice roast to it..flavor is very roasty with almost a slight coffee note..carbonation and body are perfect...great stout.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery in Paso Robles. Pours a nice deep brown with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is similar. Super smooth drinking beer with just a hint of hop kick. At 5.5% this is a really nicely crafted stout.
OldMrCrow (1620) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2010 Tap at Fiddlers.
Here, finally, is a Firestone Walker beer (other than their 10-11-12-13 series) that lives up to the general buzz surrounding that brewery. This barrel aging done right, totally mellow, totally integrated, 5.5% instead of double figures, simply a subtle elaboration of the character instead of a gold lame leisure suit. Extremely good stuff, this beer, lots of coffee character (I thought there was coffee added!) in addition to the bourbon vanilla, chocolately and of course the oats. Mouthfeel was a bit prickly but otherwise quite nice. Delicious!
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with hearty carbonation. Velvety indeed. Very smooth, creamy, somewhat rich. The bourbon is not all that noticeable. This is a pleasantly rich yet drinkable stout, but I would have enjoyed a bit more warming alcohol or barrel flavor to offset the sweetness.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, carbonated body with airy chocolate head. Bourbon notes gently twitter amidst the chocolate coffee aromatic backbone. Medium-bodied with mild chocolate coffee roast flavors. Bourbon is more evident in aroma than flavor, though it is altogether mild. Enjoyable earthy chocolate flavor with touches of coffee, but lacks the acridness.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Toronado, and then later in the weekend at TAPS Petaluma. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; thin light-tan head with light retention and patchy lacing (this looks much better at TAPS: significantly, creamy medium-tan head with excellent retention and lacing). Roasted malts, milk chocolate, and hints of vanilla in the aroma; some cola and minerals. Nice levels of chocolatey malts, light acidity, and toastiness in the mouth; hints of caramel, with a light mineral bitterness; some toasted marshmallow, vanilla; very pleasant profile, very sessionable and tasty stout (enough for me to want to try it again after the headless pint-glass pour at Toronado). Nicely roasted, with a great balanced presence in the mouth. Lasting finish of toast, vanilla, and milk chocolate; good stuff here.
bleeng (1461) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very subtle. Exceedingly smooth and almost a gulper it goes down so smooth. Lots of chocolate and coffee but I didn’t pick up the barrel. Served very cold at Papago Scottsdale.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Big Wood ’09; dense black with foamy tan head; silky smooth, thick and roasty; flavor is light with pats, cereal and chocolate; lovely texture and nose; perfectly together and rounded; touch of bourbon sweetness with dry finish; creamy chocolate and light oak; nothing to pound you over the head, but lots of depth, texture and creamy flavors; lovely stuff