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, that’s 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, I’d say that this beer is probably under-hyped. It’s that good.
vtafro (4946) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Swee, roasted, barrel aromas. Chocolate, roasted, bourbon and sweet flavors.
TXBadger (1969) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown almost black like oil with just a little thinner viscosity and khaki colored head. Bourbon, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bourbon warmth and chocolatey depth.
furthur (455) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Chris! Nearly opaque black beer, slight head fades to thinnest ring. Aroma big bourbon and vanilla, dried plums and cherries, toasted barley, molasses, lots of alcohol fumes. Taste is bourbon, dried plums, coffee, vanilla, oak. This bottle is labeled 2013 and it’s still hot. What was it like fresh?! Palate is thick but not syrupy, carbonation very subdued. Finish is mercifully dry and roasty, and boozy.
Cosmo6644 (95) - Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is bourbon coffee and roasted malts, not as big as some, but very good, silky and smooth, so nice
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outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I never thought blackout stout could get better. I love how the burbon accentuate the rich stout flavor
closey22 (1248) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black little to no head; aroma is of bourbon with vanilla notes; Flava is rich malty molasses alcohol notes; feels medium some creaminess and lively fizz; finishes tangy roasty mildly hop spicy and woody
Benzai (10618) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Opaque dark brown to black color, medium sized light to medium brown colored head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, balanced bourbon, slightly vanilla. Taste malts, roasted malts, bourbon again nicely balanced but still up front, slightly vanilla, dark malts, a slight hint of liquorice in the distance with a hint of chocolate in the finish. Soft bitterness, soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely lovely beer.
czar (5843) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of tom10101, many thanks bro! pours unclear dark brown with a medium dark crema head, nice lacing. tasty sweetish bourbon, burnt caramel, forêt-noire cake, maple syrup and molasses sweetness - not cloying; lightly tart cherries, vanilla, wood and some tannins, pinch of dirt. light carbonation, medium-full body, sweet and bourbony finish. very good!
wchesser (1517) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle from flandersned-thanks, Steve! Dark, medium body, bit light for the style, low carbonation. Subdued nose until it warms, then light sweet booze, some dark malts. Light but slightly hot booze, sweet and roast malts, with dark chocolate, vanilla and distinct bourbon flavors. One of those thinner BA imperial stouts that kind of make me think of a vanilla coke. Quite enjoyable but not your brooding, complex impy.
Johnsense (1012) - - MAR 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vicious dark black pour, smaller head. Huge bourbon and dark chocolate aroma. Sweet, with bourbon barrel prominent but not overpowering. Vanilla, dark coffee, dark chocolate, oak. Thick body with an oily mouthfeel. Loved it!