ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, dated 11/19/12, via trade. pours a deep brown that sits black in the glass capped by a thick, creamy, beige head. aroma is nice, but a bit harsh, with very heavy barrel notes that border on sour wood, cocoa powder, spent coffee grinds, dark fruits, and a hint of roast. flavor is an improvement for sure with notes of dark chocolate, roast, cold coffee, caramel, and vanilla backed by charred oak, bourbon, and subtle black cherry notes. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry, chalky finish of cocoa and bourbon. overall, a tasty barrel aged imperial stout.
JDBaker11058 (922) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: inky black with a reluctant and quickly vanishing tan head, poured in a snifter. Aroma: rich, with notes of dark chocolate, burnt pumpernickel, licorice, oak, coffee, cream, and dark fruits in rich syrup; the bourbon is prominent at first, but fades nicely. Taste: dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, with additional notes of cherries, oak, licorice, and smoke. Finish: long and a little dry, with lingering notes of sweet smoke, a hint of resinous hops, black licorice, and bourbon. Notes: Only the second brew I’ve tried from these guys, and it was an instant classic. I love the flavors of imperial stouts, but often the big boozy notes overpower the enjoyment for me. While this one had some of those great boozy flavors, they were appropriately restrained and the 8% abv and even-tempered palate allowed me to hoard the entire 750 for myself. Glad I got an extra bottle to cellar, I can’t wait to check in on this one in a couple years. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
JPDurden24 (1076) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with tan head. Coffee, chocolate, and bourbon flavors. Not overwhelming booziness, taste is pretty damn good.
daknole (7193) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big black pour, brown head. This beer is really nice. The barrel notes are light enough to let the base beer shine, but improve the base beer quite a bit. Roasted malt, charred oak, light booze, some coffee and cocoa.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rare Beer Club bottle. Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste of the same. Thin mouthfeel. Hoped for more. Just ok.
jhamp9 (752) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a quickly fading khaki head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and a little tobacco. Taste is sweet chocolate up front with some wood, and bourbon after that and a little sour in the finish. Bitterness comes through in the end. Lasting coffee aftertaste. Silky texture.
rhsiung (309) - USA - JAN 5, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
i bet i would’ve liked this more if i’d been closer to the tetons. weird to see ads for free laundry coupons + sixpoint right above this.
jmikolich (1107) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Shared by John, Thanks!. I think the problem with this beer would be I would have a hard time picking it out from other BB Stouts. This one struck me as more burnt roast flavor and a subtle bourbon characteristic. but nothing stood out to me.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Black Cauldron
Date: December 28, 2012
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, caramel candy sweetness, sweet bourbon filled chocolate, touch of vanilla
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, roasted malt, light bourbon adds a balancing caramel and vanilla sweetness, bourbon continues to grow to add sweetness that brings out the richness in the chocolate
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Ratman197 (7607) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roastiness and light bourbon with a hint ofd oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, roastiness and light bourbon with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.