TheHOFF43 (1734) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Hammerheart. Pours black with brown head. I get some mint, pine? and chocolate on the nose. Flavor is similar with a thin palate. Missing the barrel I was hoping for :(
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Ei8ht Ball. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small tan head that collapsed to a thin ring. The aroma and flavor have dark roasted malt, chocolate, Christmas spices, cinnamon, vanilla, mint, wood, and light bourbon. The finish is dry with roast, spices, and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied, fairly enjoyable.
DrSilverworm (6011) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Black color. Good thin brown head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Nice chocolate, roast notes of a stout, and winter spices of a winter ale (cinnamon, ginger, etc.). Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Nice vanilla notes. Kind of a spicy taste, mild to moderate sweet, mild bitter. Light hint of alcohol in the end, and some woody barrel notes. Solid, interesting, tasty complex barrel aged winter spiced stout.
b3shine (5191) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Looks good; an opaque dull black with foamy mocha head. Smells of dark malt and roast with notes of spices and oak; don’t get much bourbon though. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Good, not great.
arminjewell (6070) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, cocoa, fruity pebbles, andes mint, hints of oak, vanilla, slight bourbon, lots of herbal/potpourri type notes are what really dominate. Taste is a mix of mint, herbs, flowers into some fruity pebble, odd notes, slight oak, bourbon notes, hints of dark roast, smoke, finishing sweet, slightly bitter.
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hammerheart. Very dark pour with a clingy brown head. Mild mint and vanilla, bourbon is very soft. Dryer on the finish. Good.
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, dark color, great color head. Bitter, roasted notes emerge, along with some spice. I didn’t mind the subtlety of the bourbon. Good. (on tap at Winter Beer Dabbler, January 2014).
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to black color with a small head. Aroma is a bit like spearmint. Somewhat herbal/minty flavor with chocolate and a bit of vanilla and char.
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ HammerHeart. Pours a black / deep reddish brown appearance with a thin brown head. Minty / sprucey, chex mix, chocolate aroma. A bit thin, ashy / burnt, minty chocolate flavor. Barrel doesn’t seem to come through very much. Maybe second or third use barrels?