coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yes, it pours pitch black. It forms a head of about one-fingers worth of light brown colored foam. This dissipates, rather quickly, leaving a thin, filmy, surface covering. The lacing is in tiny spots, but rather sticky.
No surprises in the nose. Big notes of chocolates and coffees. Good presence of oakiness and roasted malt notes. Light hints of booze and dark fruits.
Good god, thatís good.
This is super balanced and delicious. Dark roasted coffee beans, some of them covered in dark chocolate, are having a great time swimming around in the chocolate milk pool. The lifeguard, brown sugar, who is wearing his famous caramel bathing suit, dips in from time to time, just to check things out. The figs and plums are sunbathing by the side of the pool, while the cherries are sitting on the edge, dangling into the milky goodness. Someone is having a cookout, because I get notes of oak and hints of smoke, also.
This one is full-bodied with a mild level of carbonation. It has a light creaminess to it, which makes it very silky-smooth and lucious.
Okay, the 9.00%abv helps it have a mild warming effect, on the way down. Other than that though, the abv is almost undetected. The smoothness, of body and flavor, make this one super easy to drink.
If anything, Iíd say that this beer is probably under-hyped. Itís that good.
dmac (3540) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle thanks to jmagnus, thsnks bro. Poured a thicker bodied syrupy pitch black with a super small dense beige foamy head. Aroma is great once this warms up a bit. Dark spiced rum, chocolate cake batter, wood, marshmallows, dark fruit skins. Syrupy fuller bodied with lively csrbonation and a good dose of alcohol heat that leaves a lot of lingering warmth on the back of my throat. Flavor of alcohol, dry old chocolate, barrel, dry toast, vanilla extract, chocolate dipped dark fruit. Not bad.
shoulderbroken (1508) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black colour, small golden head. Thick and full bodied, slightly slick, but not too much. Aroma is lots of bourbon barrel, boozy, rich dark chocolate, some sweetness. Dominated by the bourbon. Taste is nice. bourbon is more subtle but still there. Slight bitterness, quite chocolatey, bourbon at the finish. Porter like fruitiness and a bit of roast, but bourbon really dominates. I like it though.
merc7186 (1501) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Vanilla, Chocolate Malts
T: Vanilla, Woody, Mild Toasted Chocolate Malts
M: Average Carbonation, Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Overall, a really solid sweet barrel aged imperial stout...always solid.
harrymel (930) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím a huge fan of Blackout and I am happy to have this one in my hands. Itís been a want of mine for quite some time that a gracious local BA put into my hands.
Itís black as itís namesake and has a central pillow and flanking ring of mocha foam. Smells of graham, oak, toasted malts, residually melted sugars, a hint of craft caramel, some vanilla, alcohol and raw oats. Flavor follows suit: malts, oak, vanilla, oak, leathery, a bit of fig, a solid molasses undertone (nothing too overpowering, just a complement), and some nougat. Nearly full bodied with slightly hi carb and a semi dry finish. This a really tasty beer. Iím glad to have had it, and I would drink it again for certain.
BlowOffTube (257) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good. Pours black, thin tan head. Aroma of barrel, chocolate, coffee. Taste is cheap bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some oak. Medium body thin to medium carbonation. Not as good as others in the style. Needs a bigger body and smoother barrel taste.
eelbasher (204) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz 2013 vintage served into a snifter. Pours jet black with a mocha colored head, leaving just a ring of lace. Aromas of brownie, oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. The flavor follows! Huge fudge, coffee, smooth bourbon/wood, plum, and lingering roasted goodness. What a fuckin treat!
Smurf2055 (1066) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep red, no head.
Smell is strong oak and bourbon vanilla
Taste is ashy, roast, coco. Barrel doesnít come through as much as I was expecting.
Fuller bodied, rich.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Vintage via trade with audiovivid. Drank on evening of Trent Richardson trade. Seems appropriate. The appearance is a deep brown black hue not too much head, a bit a a micro with tan head. Nose is rich with full oak bourbon laced barrel staves with a cereal grain backing.Flavors are a bit thin on entry leading to a more malty middle with bourbon and oak to close it out. A very long alcohol finish. Vanilla starts to build nicely as does a truer bourbon. A bit rough around the edges but grows on you quickly. Perhaps a touch more time would of been good but a very enjoyable brew.
mar (4475) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, khaki head. Wood, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Great palate, boozy, wood, leather, coffee, chocolate, great.
Advocate_Ames (322) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let this warm. Pours pitch black with a fine ring in my glass. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, booze, roasty malts, coffee, and oak notes. In tasting I picked up on bittering chocolate malts, sweet bourbon, and booze. Its very malty and filled with a few varieties of dark malts. The finish is of roasted and bitter malts with a nice dry booze finish. Overall it?s nicely put together and enjoyable to unwind with.