Brentv (450) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have sought this beer as long as I have known that it existed, and on finding it, it did not disappoint. Poured from a bottle. Itís deep black with a beige head. The aroma of coffee is strong, with bourbon notes and dark malts. The flavor is immense and satisfying - coffee with a perfect gentle sweetness. Iíve had big stouts with fine reputations that are delicious and sweet, but become too much as the temperature rises after sipping a while. This one is perfect, all the way from start to finish, and is a beer that I could drink time and time again if only I could find it in my home state of Oregon. Many thanks to the Brick Store Pub in Decatur (Atlanta) for keeping an excellent selection of the finest bottles in the cellar. And many more thanks to the friends I shared this excellent beer with.
nathan30533 (816) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can you truly say anything is wrong with this beer? Should be a perfect score. This new has been something Iíve sought after for a very long time. Coffee is the taste as it warms. This brew is so smooth and tasty. This one is everything itís said to be and more.
tcon25 (156) - Duvall, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour at home, thanks Andrew for sharing, this is a rear one to try over here. Black pour, strong espresso coffee aroma, sweet taste coffee, can taste the barrel age. This beer reminds me of coffee with breakfast in the morning. Great stuff.
andrewje41 (977) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle generously gifted by Chris. Much thanks! This is awesome. Pours jet black with a disappearing tan head. Smooth vanilla and bourbon aroma. Flavor is a very dense black coffee with a dark chocolate background. Coffee beans strong up front but smooths out. Vanilla and cocoa finish, with some oakiness. What an incredible treat this is. Awesome stuff.
Christpuncher (1634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite of all the barrel aged beers. Not to sweet and not too boozy. Slightly smokey and roasted flavor. Perfectly balanced and crushable. Great beer
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arielallon (1) - - JAN 22, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
So smooth, so dark, so mellow. So good.
The aroma is very much powered by burobon. The appearance is a brown dark enough to be almost black. The head is minimal (not it was aged in bottle over 9 months). The taste is sweet with strong, smooth burbon. The body is medium-full, with a almost creamy texture, soft carbonation (again, note bottle aging).
Scola729 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 An incredibly well done stout, had 18months age on it. Enjoyed in DC with a friend, then again on tap. Smooth, almost velvet mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ChrisSc (347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into tulip. Minnepolis. Bottle aged 1 year (from 2014).
Pours dark black with small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Aroma has held up well, but bourbon flavor is more subdued. Taste is bitter upfront, then mellows into sweetness. Body is full, thick texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish. A nice barrel aged stout.
BazyFresh (7) - metro detroit, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
one of my favorite beers of all time.
Rich, flavorful, complex, smooth and downright delicious
GlasgowTAD (283) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a slight mocha head that recedes into a brown ring visible around the circumference of the glass. Aroma is mainly coffee with hints of bourbon. Taste is coffee, bourbon is noticeable but not overpowering and there is a large vanilla finish. Mouthfeel is quite viscous. Finish is lingering. Amazingly balanced, all the flavours and aromas mentioned are evident in even proportions.