Iphonephan (6257) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice and bourbon. Flavors of dark stone fruits, oak and vanilla. Sweet, boozy finish.
popery (2017) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep, dark roasted malt. Itís all burnt sugars and vanilla and fudgey chocolatey goodness. The beer is black from wall to wall. Very small head. It was hard to kick up any substantial blanket of bubbles even with a vigorous pour. Only a thin layer of bubbles remains after a minute or so. Lots of vanilla in the aroma. Sweet bourbon barrel blends into the chocolate and caramel sweetness nicely. Taste is sweet and full of big stout. Some mild but definite maple complexity. Lots of dark, sweet sugars. Excellent interaction between the stout and the barrel flavors. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Very well made.
chinchill (4336) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large shared bottle.
This stout reflects high quality and relatively strong bourbon barrel aging. This helps make it rather boozy but it befits the aroma and flavor. The dark body has nice red-brown highlights when held to the light. Fine and long lasting aftertaste of dark roasted grains, vanilla and bourbon barrels.
Smooth but a bit too hot.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an extremely aggressive high alcohol beer. An excellent choice for beer number 5000, itís very roasted with some chocolate thick and strong . Iím feeling pretty good now:-)
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting at Mattís; 18.9%, bottle 1353/11220, vintage 2014
Black color, small head. Boozy aroma, thick mouthfeel, a lot of tar, some chocolate, too strong burning alcohol, some vanilla, and some liquorice in the final.
Good but I canít picture myself drinking too much of this, so why is this bottled in 750ml?
tightslice (1001) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. 2015 Edition (13.5%)
Appearance: Pours a black oil with almost no head
Aroma: Fudge brownie with nuts, licorice, all kinds of liqueurs (chocolate, cherry, coffee), vanilla, caramel, brittle, bourbon, whiskey & coke
Taste: Strong chocolate brownies up front with some salty, nutty notes. Flavors dissipate pretty quickly and are overwhelmed by the BOOZINESS of this beer. Loads of bourbon which is expected, but not as balanced as I had hoped for.
Overall: Amazing aromas of chocolate fudge brownies and licorice but ultimately pummeled under the weight of the alcohol.
Padron4KM (800) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle, 2015 edition. Inky black, thin tan head, thick rings of lace.
Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, oak, charred wood, smoke, vanilla, prunes. Maple syrup emerges as it warms.
Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, oak, smoke, creamy coffee, dark fruit, bourbon, some maple on the finish.
Soft carbonation and creamy mouth-feel.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black and opaque with a two finger dark beige head that has good retention, slowly fading onto a thick, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Spicy bourbon barrel aroma but itís nicely integrated into notes of the base beer. Strong bourbon and burnt oak presence along with some vanilla and toasted coconut. Still plenty of roast underneath the strong barrel character with hints of dark chocolate, toast, burnt sugar and coffee bean along with booze and sweeter malt notes.
On the fuller end of medium body and slightly viscous with a blast of spicy, boozy heat. Tons of bourbon flavor pounding you over the head along with dry toasted oak and subtle vanilla bean. Lots of bourbon heat, almost too much so, dominating and overpowering the other flavors. Tastes too young for my liking. After the palate adjusts, thereís a nice sweet malt presence along with some subtle roast with hints of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee bean. Some decent flavors underneath the barrel but itís overwhelmingly boozy and a bit one dimensional.
rlgk (18323) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at West Coast Barbeque And Brew, San Diego. Opaque black beer with a small beige head. Roasted licorice and chocolate aroma, caramel, woody, vanilla, raisins, figs, coffee notes, some cream. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, raisins, figs, brown sugar, licorice, warming alcohol, woody, vanilla. Rather sweet but an amazing beer.
Ferris (12904) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Sweet boozy bourbon notes. Jet dark brown with a light brown head. Sweet boozy and lots of molasses with a long finish.