jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours jet black with a small brown head. Spotty lacing down the glass with a tad bit of retention.
Lots of things going on in the aroma. Tons of fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of smoke to go with some heavy roasted malt. Bourbon and maple syrup are present, but not overpowering.
Unfortunately the flavor does not live up to the rich, complex nose. Still a ton of chocolate and roasted malts in here, but the sweetness takes over and swings the balance. Don’t get a ton of maple syrup, but the honey overpowers everything else and creates a weird combo with the barrel notes which are much too subdued for my tastes.
Medium bodied and good carbonation levels, but the beer is a touch thin. Still finishes somewhat roasty and dry, but with the honey sweetness adding to that the combo just doesn’t work.
Interesting concept and something that sounds great on paper, but the execution here didn’t do it for me. If they could actually make something that tastes like this smells, I’d be all in. As it played out, this was just a thin, honey sweet jumbled mess.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. ’11 216/298. Poured a black color with an off white head. Some dark fruits, roast, maple, wood, vanilla, and some earthiness.
Damico (2564) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick unclear black coffee with a dakr tan head that has a beautiful cinnamon hue. Aroma is a bit lighter than expected, a bit of maple and subtle sweet roasted malts. Flavor brings a soft tart profile rounding out notes of creamy sweet coffee, roasted maples, and maple.
ReggieDunlap (3054) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle 225 of 298...Pours black with ruby hues and very little mocha head. Aroma has roasty dark fruit and subtle vanilla and bourbon. Flavor has a tart dark fruit...cherry...that quickly fades to chocolate and then oaky/vanilla bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is slightly warming and has tart fruit and mild bourbon. Not sure if this has soured or was infected ot the tartness was intended but its not that bad.
alexsdad06 (5368) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has roasted malts, sweetness from the honey and oatmeal, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, wood, with some oatmeal and honey sweetness. Medium plus body.
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured black color with an average fizzy brown head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Medium to heavy roasted coffee, toasted grain, chocolate malt and sweet bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy chocolate sweet and small alcohol finish of moderate to long duration. This is a small improvement on a standout beer.
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle acquired in trade. Pours a richer deep dark brownish black, rich opaque pour with frothy tannish head that dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are richer sour cherry, touches of roast and cocoa. Touches of sour cherry, funk. Initial is medium bodied, offering cherry and cocoa, firm roast, mellow toffee. Some wild yeast, dryness come into the nose. Richer cocoa and roast nose with that firm sour cherry element. Middle is cocoa, caramel, a bit of girth with toffee, vanilla, and oak. Some toast, biscuits, cocoa. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, gentle spirit. Wild yeast gives a firm kick. Backend is gentle toast and cocoa, cherry and dark fruit couple with wild yeast. Gentle funk grows, a bit tart. Wild, oak. Meh. Overdone by funk.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by pantanp, iirc. Pours black with a tan head. The nose is kind of brutal. Hot and boozy, fusels abound, cocoa and cherry notes. Really odd. Somewhat solventy as well. On tasting, a whole lot better than it smells. More of the cocoa and a cherry note to the finish. Light vanilla. Still, not a masterpiece...
illidurit (2137) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Creamy, vanilla, sweet, dry coffee finish, absolutely delicious.
BoBoChamp (5419) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl, Vintage 2011, Bottle 110/298, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew, with honey and maple syrup, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, malty/roasted and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, good brew, yet very expensive!