madmitch76 (21720) - , 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.
Dogbrick (11323) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at the brewpub, served in a snifter. The beer is a dark brown color with a medium beige head that recedes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma has vinous notes along with oak, vanilla and malt. Rich and smooth body with flavors of bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit. The finish is fruity and malty with a slow bourbon burn. Enjoyable from start to finish.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Brad and Art, thanks! Poured a hazy dark amber red with a brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of sweet grains, some raisins, milk chocolate and light fruits. Flavor was similar with sweet grains and raisins with some chocolate and bourbon in the finish. Needed a little something to balance the sweetness.
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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 (9307) - 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.
alexsdad06 (8899) - 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.
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler sample at Muckfest 2009 Day 2. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla with hints of chocolate and sugary honey. Bourbon and oaky flavor up front with caramel, chocolate and just a bit of tartness on the finish.
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown color/ thin head. Sour wet wood, vanilla mocha aromas. frothy medium body. Biting chocolate, vanilla, bourbon boozy, coffee, mildly sour flavors. A bit muddled but tasty.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6621) - 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.
Beerman6686 (6244) - 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.