NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at RBSG 10 from Savvy. Pours deep black with a darkish tan head. Nose is woody hops, chocolate and vanilla and burnt toast. Medium full body. On taste, robust burnt notes with more of the bitterness and citrus/wood notes from the hops. Mild molasses as well. Pretty tasty stuff!
CanIHave4Beers (3557) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at RBSG ’10 by Savvy1982! Pours a deep black with a good head and lace. The aroma is coffee with some booziness, some raisin, and plenty of non distinct dark fruit. The flavor is lightly spicy with plenty of chocolate and smoky notes. The beer is dry and nicely boozy. The palate is creamy!
deyholla (8034) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Savvy1982 at the RBSG ’10 Grand Tasting. Poured near black with a brown head that lasted. Aroma was full of dark malts with chocolate and coffee came to the forefront with a slight backing smokey/whiskey note. Flavor was a bit more smokey with whiskey more present and the coffee was still strong with the chocolate taking more of a backseat.
eric_victor (57) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark colour, both beer and head. Very distinct whisky aroma and finish. Not for the faint at heart, but a very tasty, unique beer.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample at tasting. Very nice aromas of Oak, whiskey and vanilla to start. Roasted malts and maybe, some smoky notes as well. Flavor is very subtle. The obvious Oak and vanilla dominate. Also some notes of Whiskey and roasted malts. Very similar to the aroma. Somewhat of a sweet almost wine like aftertaste. This needs to be aged for many years to experience the true intention.
markas101 (1994) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Winnipeg (thanks Dad!). Deep black colour, darker than average foamy head that clings up the side of the glass. Mix of whisky and roasted malt aroma, nice mellowness that culminates in a whisky infused aftertaste that’s sweet with just enough burn to feel it.
garthicus (2787) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Jerc and Mabel. Appearance: Pitch black, small brown head. Aroma: Super whiskey nose, a lot of decent woody notes too with smoke and alcohol. Flavour: Lots of malt, liquorice, whiskey, alcohol and a long boozy dark chocolate finish. A nice winter warmer.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick black with nice thick beige head. Potent aroma has lots of vanilla but also alcohol. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Great fudge flavors, like vanilla/chocolate marble fudge. Long roasty finish. Delicious.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share! A very rare treat. Pours black with a large creamy head. Aroma is weak... Faint almost. Milk chocolate, vanilla and chalk on the nose with yeast (I’m almost positive 1056) and soft fruit under the roasty top notes. The flavor is big and roasty. Smoke, toasted oak, chocolate, a chewy rye flavor, under-ripe stone fruits, and vanilla. Big chewy mouth feel. Very tasty and I’m looking forward to see what a year or two will do to this one.
blankboy (6525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [650ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a very dark brown with an average size foamy tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Nice aroma is sweet and woody, with roasted malt, whiskey and chocolate. Flavour: Yum! The barrel-aging is nice, it’s not overdone and easy to drink. Roasted malt, chocolate, wood, leafy green hops and whiskey. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Loved it!