nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bodega. Black/cola colored pour, think tan head. Aroma of bourbon, sweet malts, a bit of roast and maple sweetness. Flavors of caramel malt, booze, bourbon, maple...sweet and boozey with a touch of lingering bitterness. Body and flavors handle the barrel okay but certainly not as well as KBS or CBS, definetly missing some richness there...the booze is present though not as much of a hot mess I was fearing it could be. Pretty decent stuff, but I couldn’t drink a whole lot of it, the small serving size was more than enough.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of alcohol, vanilla, oak, chocolate, maple syrup, and malts. Poured black/ruby in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Medium to heavily sweet flavor. Tastes of malt, oak, slight spicy wood, light maple syrup, light chocolate, light vanilla, and a hint of tobacco. Medium to full body. Smooth, creamy, then slightly dry and slightly sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, malt, maple syrup, and light oak finish is slightly dry and slightly sticky. The 10.5%ABV is noticeable in the aroma but not the flavor.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Teresa’s. Pours deep, rich brown, almost Coca-Cola black, with an amberish, creamy head. Aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malts, caramel, oats, barley, and sweet hints of coffee. Body is not quite full; bold but not overwhelming, with a silky, milky smoothness and a slick, satisfying mouthfeel. Not boozy in the least, but finishes with a pleasant, slight warming. Excellent brew.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Teresa’s. Lustruous black body with a thin tan head. Redolent of dark chocolate, molasses, strong oakiness, caramel, vanilla, rum, and a hint of maple syrup. Flavor is smooth chocolate syrup and licorice, caramel and vanilla, slightly malty, somewhat fruity in the middle, with a bitter oak finish rounded out by a maple syrup sweetness. Palate was full and velvety, very sweet yet balanced. A fantastic beer.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 Draft. Dark brown with the aroma of malt, raisins, dark fruit, and chocolate. The taste was basically like the aroma but really sweet with astringency in the middle notes. The finish was of roasted malt and chocolate. Alittle too sweet for me, but good never the less.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy brown color with a light head. Aroma of hot chocolate, marshmellows and assorted chocolates and choco-kids cereals, and cream. Flavor has some light vanilla, bourbon, marshmallows cocoa, chocolates and light latte. Nice feel - very unique, well put together and tasty as hell. Awesome.
HonkeyBra (3906) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FoBAB 09. Dark brown pour with tan head. Aroma of biscuity grains and fruit, molasses, and wood. Flavor is woody, some bourbon, dark fruits, dark sugary syrup, with very biscuity malt. I remember reading the deScription and thinking, "wow, this is really biscuity, what the hell." It helps take away with some of the sweetness. Oily texture, with soft carbonation. Awesome.
hopdog (10498) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at CAH. Poured a deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, dark fruitiness, maple syrup, and wood. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, marshmallows, molasses, dark fruits, and wood. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice...
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at CAH. Pours a deeper brown with amber notes and a smaller creamy off white head. Aroma of chocolate, maple, tobacco, dark fruits and oak. Flavor of milk chocolate, molasses, maple, raisins and oak.
deyholla (9320) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured black with a thin brown head. Aroma was full of sweet biscuit like grains, some caramel and a hint of alcohol (bourbon). Flavor was the same sweet grains that definitely gave a fresh biscuit flavor with an undertone of alcohol and caramel. Very smooth throughout.