cvance11 (3) - - NOV 30, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer absolutely stands up to the hype. Completely black in color, aromas of caramel and vanilla are intense. It is incredibly smooth to drink, rich in flavor, with an almost creamy texture. By far the best bourbon stout I've ever experienced.
wombat23 (46) - Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle. 2015 version. 14.3% ABV. Black color with dark tan head, which almost disappears immediately. Bourbon dominates the noise at cooler temps; as it warms, chocolate and coffee are detected as well. Tastes strongly of bourbon at first. But again, as it warms, other flavors begin to come through: oak, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, subtle vanilla notes, and a hint of smoke. Will try this again after aging (would expect the bourbon flavor to mellow). A slow sipper for sure.
darbeer75 (36) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: straight bourbon with notes of vanilla; Appearance: pitch black with tan head that completely disappears quickly; Taste: strong bourbon with aftertaste of coffee and malt; some smokiness; definitely unlike any beer Iíve tried before; Palate: full body, average carbonation, long and sweet finish; Overall: delicious if you like bourbon; rich, complex, strong; a bit harsh around the edges that will probably mellow with time; would definitely buy again.
Natai (121) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like black oil with very little head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, and coffee with hints of cocoa, nut, and licorice. Smooth and oily on the palate. Excellent.
Cousin_Larry (719) - - NOV 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a bottle of 2015 thanks to jerkane. Good chocolate, coffee, and bourbon flavor. A little overhyped IMO.
Changed (448) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2015 bottle, bottled 18 September. Pours viscous black, small brown head, no lacing. Aroma is raisins, campfire, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is much the same. Sweet, boozy, warming, not hot, the alcohol is very well hidden. Can you call a 14% beer drinkable? This one, you can. Complex, exceptionally well balanced. Will have to grab a few more bottles to age, if I can hold out.
saltyseadog (1) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
AROMA Bourbon, pitch and ethanol followed by chocolate milk, chocolate syrup and baking chocolate.
APPEARANCE Black coffee with dense chocolate milk head. Just a trace of lacing with very brief head retention.
TASTE Chocolate, unbleached cane sugar, maple syrup, and a hint of buttercream. Unexpectedly sweet with bourbon and alcohol burn on the finish.
PALATE Heavy, malty, rich, well carbonated, coats the mouth and hangs on a good long time after a sip.
OVERALL Very well integrated, complex, sweet, dessert-like, thoroughly drinkable. An unmistakably sweet beer, balanced with malt, roasty coffee bitterness, rich creamyness and lingering bourbon heat. Packs a punch, so much going on and so many contrasting elements to enjoy. A renowned beer worthy of the considerable praise heaped upon it. Great stuff, love to try some of the limited variants some day.
fuzzcro (45) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent in every way except I donít understand the difference in ABV. My bottles are saying 13.7 ABV which is a far cry from the listed 15 % Iím still happy with what I have...just puzzled. This is one of my first purchases of a new release and itís quite exciting in itself.
Ahuth (110) - - NOV 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. 2015 edition. Has a milky dark color. The taste is a chocolate upfront taste. Has a hint of bourbon. This is a excellent bourbon stout...
BruceHartford3 (7) - - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, smoke
Appearance: black, deep red corners
Taste: heavy, not hot, creamóbut bright, sweet, chocolate, carmel, vanilla, tobacco, oak
Palate: creamy, slick, lively, long, full
Overall: Crazy good. Bright, but smooth and full. Delicious.