ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 2/23/13. 22 oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Yeah. Keep in mind I had this one JUST after sampling some BCBS.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color that isnít particularly thick looking. The head is a less-than-one finger khaki shade. Obviously the retention wonít be particularly good, but it at least tries to leave nice lacing on the cup.
S: Whilst itís very good, itís not as gorgeously rich as I expected. Thereís some subtle chocolate, mocha, licorice, and vanilla. One has to REALLY concentrate to find the bourbon - but itís there...I suppose.
T: Quite sweet. I like the dark chocolate in the midtaste, before it becomes a combination of mocha and bittersweet vanilla. I didnít expect much depth, but there is a nice bit of subtle complexity to it.
M: This seems a bit thin to me. The aftertaste is a little less sweet than I expected (but, itís still dessert in a glass) and almost comes off like an imperial porter due to the lack of creamy and roasty qualities. Itís carbonated finely.
O: Itís a damn shame this had to follow BCBS, because this is still quite good as a dessert beer. Iíd compare it favorably to Ballast Pointís Victory at Sea - a sweet, vanilla-and-chocolate laden offering that fits the cold, nasty Maryland day to a tee. It could have really used more bourbon presence, though.
bytemesis (6313) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma of Rich chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, really chocolate, restrained bourbon, vanilla, oak. Light bitter. Lightish body, but otherwise very refined.
drsordr (2183) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to taster at cappyís pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose slightly syrupy, Bourbon, molasses, some dark fruit, and light roast. Taste boozy, then vanilla Bourbon, milk chocolate, light roast. Roasted vanilla finish.
Voodoo (537) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep cola brown with a light brown head which is gone quickly.....aroma of coffee, booze, chocolate, vanilla.....taste follows aroma with the booze a bit more hidden but still present. The wood oak flavor comes through a hint of raisin, along with bourbon and a heavy but not overly done mouthfeel. Almost a refreshing big beer and quite well done.
Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin dark brown of varying sized which dissipated rather quickly. Rich malty aroma with lots of chocolate, molasses, rubber and a decent bourbon nose. Color is a very dark brown that is not fully opaque. Much livelier on the tongue with zippy carbonation than i would have expected from the head. Very creamy and smooth. Lots more milk chocolate, anise, dark roasted malts, heavy cream and a bit of accent bourbon again. Light alcohol presence. Finishes super creamy as it coats the tongue and mouth. A pleasure to drink!
commonshawn (1000) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at heavy seas in Baltimore with commonmac and rosskyle and samadouche. Black with medium off white tan head. Smells roasted and chocolate. Chocolate, roasted malt, full body. Good sweetness. Fairly typical for a chocolate stout.
rosskyle (496) - - MAY 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at Heavy Seas. Dark black color with a tan head. Dark chocolate coffee aroma. Chocolate milk coffee smoke flavor. Medium heavy body. Lot of of very good chocolate.
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mambossa (264) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$7.99 for a BBA stout? Sign me up. Opaque pour with voluminous wet sand head, diminishing to a softly encompassing halo hung along the contours of my glass. Stiff lacing holds for a moment, then densely slides down to meet the dark body.
Aroma boasts milk chocolate mocha, dulce de leche, caramelized vanilla from the barrel, gentle dried fig and licorice. Textbook BBA stout.
Flavor exhibits the same as the nose, some more dark syrupy berry, alcohol heat blooms and creates a dry finish. Chocolatey, modestly bitter, fairly thin body (but I actually enjoy it), and a licorice, dark plum, gently mineraly graphite finish.
Three weeks in bourbon barrels adds quite a lot to aroma and flavor without being too explosively oaky and bourbony. Easily one of the most drinkable BBA stouts for a great value.
BuckeyeBoy (5501) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours out black topped with a brown head. nose is roast malts bourbon barrel booze vanilla chocolate sweetness. taste is more of the heavy roast malts some ashtray notes chocolate and bourbon barrel vanilla.
TXBadger (2426) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2016 bottle date. Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Even though itís aged for a short time in barrels, it has a ton of bourbon on the nose with some vanilla bean, chocolate, and oak; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with barrel, chocolate, and vanilla. Nicely done.
AWISLguy (2326) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach/Stuart. 2016 version shared with bananabi11 while watching the NCAA Championship game. Chocolate, vanilla, roast. Very well balanced. Very tasty. Very smooth. This one is underrated .... Heavy Seas best! 15.4