KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour was a very thick pitch black with an average sized (1-2 finger) chocolate brown creamy head that had really good retention, reducing to a moderate sized foam cap with a large foamy collar thus producing excellent streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a dark roasted malt, a resin hop and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, licorice, a bit of oak and a mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was a tiny bit sweet and very malty with hints of licorice, dark chocolate and molasses from the onset and then proceeded to become a nice bitter hoppy with a big note of coffee and hints of vanilla and oak with a strong alcohol finish. The flavor hung around for a very long time with the coffee flavor taking hold as the taste of alcohol faded.
Mouthfeel was full and a bit chewy in body with a texture that was smooth, creamy and a tad oily, while having a nice strong lively carbonation.
Overall a brew that has everything balanced so well that it just slides down the throat leaving you wanting more...
wlajwl (4203) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is coffee, dark malts and a strong hint of acidity. The flavor is dark malts, coffee, mild dark fruit, chocolate and a mix of acidity and very slight sourness in the finish.
jsnicholas (302) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (22ox $10): Black with big brown head. Very roatsy. Taste is very coffee which some may love, but I do not. Pass on this.
furthur (307) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at share, big dark head, fades. Aroma coffee, cocoa, mineral, vanilla, cookies, plum, molasses. Taste coffee, tobacco, cocoa, anise, molasses, vanilla, salty, spice, oak. finish is dry, roasty and bitter coffee, anise and astringent oak. Palate is rich and thick, carbonation nicely subdued. This is quite good, but just a bit astringent from the oak I think.
coachd (194) - Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great complex aroma of oak, tobacco, leather, roasted malts, coffee with cream, black licorice, dark chocolate and slight booze. That’s a lot in one sniff. Interestingly, the aroma is not hoppy at all. Pitch black in color with a moderate amount of dark tan foam. Just beautiful. Taste is roasty with tons of oak and has an ever so slight burn at the end. Subsequent tastes uncover a god amount of hops, and a soy sauce flavor. Palate is outstanding. Just thick enough, just silky enough. Very well made. This would be a good cigar beer.
FestDecBeet (329) - - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: pours a dark black. Dark brown head with dark lacing. Can't see through at all too dark.
Smell: big chocolate. Oak. Coffee. Vanilla.
Taste: chocolate. Coffee. Vanilla. Lots of barrel.
Feel: oily mouth feel. Very thick almost gritty. Bitterness from the coffee.
Overall: great beer. Love the barrel flavors. Nice coffee that's not too overwhelming.
First drank: home 2:18/15
ARH (663) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is mellow, but full and warm, with earthy notes of wood and smoke followed by milk chocolate and vanilla. The third wave of aromas comes through with a light fruity undertone. The beer pours like motor oil. It’s dark and opaque with a dark espresso colored, dense, small bubble that retains a thin fuzzy surface, a medium thick ring, and tons of sticky, dense, tight lace. The beer is a medium high sweet up front with a medium high bitter finish. The chewy texture is complemented by a fuzzy carbonation. The full, smoked malt body contains flavors of milk chocolate, cacao, and light fruit initially, then it finishes syrupy smooth, with a smoked quality, vanilla, wood. The aftertaste is dry and lightly astringent; a bit ashy with a light licorice flavor and dry resin quality. It tries to clean up, but there’s a distinct cigar tobacco flavor that dominates and lingers.
Roger60 (55) - - FEB 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
SB Linköping repslagargatan, flaska. Kolsvart med mörkbrunt skum. Arom som vanlig Yeti. Choklad kakao ek i eftersmaken. Fint beska lätt bitter i tonen. Tjock och len maltig på tungan. Ligger fint på läppen.
simont1 (338) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Second worst in compaing Espresso, Chocolate, Oatmeal, Oak aged & Normal, right after Oatmeal. Vanilla, smoke, lighter in both mouthfeel and toasted malts, a bit thinner, and just feels like a bit less tasty.
SG111 (303) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 09/20/14. Pours pitch black (very dark) with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, oak, some coffee, surprisingly boozy Aroma. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, and a woody smoky finish. Longer Bitter coffee finish lingers thereafter. As it warms the smoky elements of the oak become more prominent. Fantastic. So good.
EvanFriend (335) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vanilla, coffee, and wood are prevalent, some smoke and chocolate milk in the background. Excellent beer.