Lukaduke (1675) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose has a heavy roast, deep earthy chocolate, hints of citrus rind and some bits of dark fruit. The palate follows the nose with a heavy roast presence, rich dark cocoa, woody earth, some candied orange rounds out the flavor on the edges but doesn’t overwhelm, leather, soft booze, licorice, bitter citrus pith all balance out with the heavy roast. Interesting.
jredmond (4882) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pours black body with thin, tight brown lacing. Aroma is deep, rich roast, char and bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is rich and dry with notes of char, sweet roast, molasses, dark chocolate and light bourbon.
Berard (176) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin creme head that lingers. Mild carbonation over rusty aroma. Does not pour as substantial as you might expect. Toasty and chocolate flavors. I don't taste the orange.
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jbeatty (913) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Dan, 03/04/2014. Pours black with short-lived dark mocha tan head, small island of haze left in the center, thin ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma is soft dark roast, light brownie-like chocolate character, infused orange liqueur notes, vanilla fruity barrel character, some booze in the finish which cuts through some of the sweetness. Taste is chocolate malts, coffee and ashy roast with orange peel, piney hop notes, mildly sweet fruitiness, not as pronounced as in the nose, earthy bitterness in the finish. Medium thick body, velvety. Very nice.
jkwood04 (3258) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a small, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, orange, coffee and hints of dark chocolate, some oak, light alcohol, and some light cereal. Flavor the same with a great blend of the orange, imperial stout, and light oak. Smooth to thicker texture. A really good imperial stout.
PhillyCraft (2767) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 Bottle, pours matte black with barely a head. Aromas are fudge, grand ma ma, bitter cocoa, and cashew. Taste is dark chocolate, char, roast, burnt wood, chalk, moth balls, and basement. Light carbonation. Slightly warming in the chest. I think the barrel roast overpowered any orange, only thing that was lacking with her. Nice and rich, tasty meh try dis.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
LET THIS WARM UP BEFORE YOU DRINK IT. First pour it was too cold and it really didnt offer much besides heavy acrid roast. As it warmed there was delicate citrus, light barrel and liquor notes, some solid roast was still present but well balanced.
yourefragile (113) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 mL bottle, dated 01/2014.
Pours a sludgy opaque black with a generous mocha colored head that fades to a thick collar and a few streaks of lace. Nose of graham cracker, roast chocolate malt, candy orange, light ash and vanilla, and cocoa. Graham cracker, gingerbread, dark bitter chocolate and roast are most dominant in flavor, with the barrel aging adding more of a smoothness to the finish than a strong contribution to the flavor. Light candy orange citrus flavor persists on the finish, but not as citrusy or juicy as I remember the original batch of Daybreak being fresh on draft. As others have said, this needs to warm to appreciate more of the barrel presence and citric acidity, but even then the roasty, dark chocolate, graham cracker bready dryness persists. Thick body, fluffy and soft with very low carbonation. Whatever the base for this beer is is a winner, though I want to break out an original bottle alongside this as I think I still prefer an aged b1.
czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by samuel, thanks dude. very dark brown, red tint, with a small light beige head, good retention and lacing. roastiness-plenty, coffee, resin, some spices, orange peel, and almost candied orange reinforced by some sweet notes, slightly piney and earthy. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and silky, slightly resinous, bitter coffee and citrusy finish. very nice but not outstanding either. really a nice blend of american and danish-style ris.
Ataraxia (285) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black color, thin mocha head. Roasted coffee bean, chocolate, wood, some caramel, and subtle traces of citrus. The orange zest and barrel treatment renders a lighter sweetness in the taste to complement the bitterness. Creamy, smooth, and full-bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Finish is long and pleasantly bitter.