wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cap Reads CC1
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours dark brown with a brick tint and no head, but a thin bubbly collar. The nose is date, chocolate covered raisin, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, maple, brown sugar, and plenty of bourbon. The flavor is a bit light with cola, chocolate covered raisin, vanilla, maple, and brown sugar, but it is very dry despite all of these sweet deScriptors. The body is full with light carbonation and a long molasses, cola, and chocolate covered raisin finish.
dmac (5084) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle from Owen from BA. Poured a medium density pitch black with almost no head. Aroma, honey, bourbon, dark toast, cough drops, alcohol. Flavor, has a bit more alcohol than the aroma, sweet sugary breads, chocolate, earthy. Medium body, light carbonation, lingering flavor.
Ed5388 (2756) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle shared by dmac. Pours a thinner looking black color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon, oak, syrupy caramel, dark chocolate, and sweet dark fruit. Taste of dark fruit, maple syrup, rich caramel/toffee, dark malts, oak, light bourbon, and cocoa. Thinner mouthfeel, abv well hidden. Solid
DrSilverworm (9439) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5oz on tap at Jackie-O’s production facility. Near-black color. Thin ring of khaki head. Leaves good webs of lace. Looks the best of the 3 dark beers I had here. Great dark chocolate, nice bit of roast, touch of coffee. Nice interesting complex barrel character. Nice touch of honey, biscuity malt. Some milk chooclate. Medium to bigger body, very mild slick, lighter carbonation. Nice touch of warmth on the finish, moderate-plus sweet, good moderate bitterness too. Fantastic stuff. Not as sweet nor boozey as I feared. 8/4/8/4/17
Update rate, 1/1/16: From the 10th Anniversary bottle. Pitch black color. Thin light brown head. Leaves some decent, but mostly loose lace. Head fades to a minimal ring. Great big roasty aroma, touch of coffee, some bitter dark chocolate. Touch of honey, it seems. Some very pleasant, big bourbon oak character. Bigger bitter taste, some alcohol heat. Drinks bigger than the stated ABV. Moderate sweet, light dryness to the taste. Bigger body, though a touch thinner than some of my favorite imperial stouts. Lighter carbonation. Mild slick, then drying finish. Enjoyable blend to sip on slowly.
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like everyone else, I wondered what the ’secret’ release would be at the 10th Anniversary extravaganza. I couldn’t believe this was it - the only Cellar Cuvee that wasn’t bottled, the only one I’d never tried before. I got my full bottle allotment and a couple draft pours at the Production Facility. It pours a deep, opaque cocoa brown with a small tan head that settles into a ring and lightly laces the glass. The Dark App base made it hard to distinguish from the Spirit Beast and Cognac Dark App, especially in appearance, but also in more subtle ways. But it became more apparent after the Cognac warmed that this was CC1, with rich notes of vanilla, mild roast, cocoa, honey, brown sugar, oak, pralines, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel that finishes sticky. Really nice and satisfying. I liked it better than the other two new releases, by a hair.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5965) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a growler this beer poured a black color with a minimal tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was raisin, rum, vinegar and a touch of coffee. The flavor was tart and bitter rum, raisin, wild yeasts, almost vinegar and a bit boozy. Turns dry, herbal and a bit astringent on the long tart rum and raisin finish. Medium body and a bit oily. Interesting.
alexsdad06 (7731) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft samples at Jackie O’s. Pours brown with no head at all. The aroma has bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, some cherry notes and a splash of honey sweetness. The flavor is quite interesting in that you get something from both parts. Bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits and honey sweetness with a splash of vanilla. Soft carbonation. I enjoyed this blend and hope to see it again.
madmitch76 (20046) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2nd July 2010
Cheers George! Semi opaque very dark brown beer. Short lived brown head. Light palate, moderate carbonation. Woody chocolate and whisky nose. Dark cocoa like chocolate, sourish whisky and unsweet wood. Nicely joined up. The sour whisky is almost fruity. Finishes with a neutral palate and mild warmth. Decent.
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz. sampler at JO’s 6th Anniversary. I made damn good review notes, but then I lost them. Bear with me on this.
3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark brown color. Came without a head.
4.0 S: Interestingly this still has a fairly big bourbon component. Leathery, oaky woodiness, and earthy. The Dark App dominates the nose, offering a soft roastiness, milk chocolate, and hints of coffeee. The wheatwine adds a neutral wheaty sweetness.
4.0 T: Even more interesting, the wheatwine takes control in the taste. Lots of wheat flavor with peppery spiciness, and boatloads of light fruits. The Dark App offers the same flavors as in the nose, but just less of them. The bourbon component is much subdued, but still adds an earthiness to the complexity.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth and reasonably creamy.
4.0 D: A very interesting blend. I’d say there’s not way it was a 50/50 blend though. The color is too light for that, especially given that the wheatwine is dark amber to start. Anyway, I really liked how the stout dominated the nose, while the wheatwine controlled the taste.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-04-2011 22:42:07
Beerman6686 (5810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a medium brown color with basically no head. Aroma was of dark roast, lots of sweet chocolate,a nd some dark fruits. Flavor was mainly dark fruits covered in chocolate, not much roast on the flavor as the aroma. AA bit oxidized but still nice.