radagast83 (3110) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Noodleuser. Poured a dark black color with a touch of tan on the edges. Artificial (or perhaps too-real) vanilla notes to it. Okay, but not what I had hoped. Rum brings out a slightly sour note to it that wasn’t as pleasant as I had hoped.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Noodleuser: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet vanilla and rum raisin nose with a touch of dark chocolate. Starts with average fullness and light sweetness with good chocolate and dark fruity notes along with a touch of light tartness before a drier, semi-tart finish.
GT2 (5661) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL thanks to noodleuser. Deep ruby pour looking black. Low carbonation, beige foam. Nose is black olive, strawberry, salt, tar. Taste is thin up front, some intense vanilla extract. Light acidity. Very watery for style. Disappointing.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by noodleuser. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is prunes, raisins, and figs with roast and chocolate malt with spicy hops. Flavor is tart prunes, figs, and raisins with light balsamic notes and dark fruits and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
devman171 (168) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 Bottle share, dark black with low head. Aroma is roast and vanilla, taste is smooth sweet roast with vanilla and rum, needs more body.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of noodleuser, thank you! Extremely dark maroon brown color, flat. Aroma of dark Hershey’s syrup, vanilla, dark berries. Taste is oily coffee, chocolate covered raspberries. Tasty.
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Bottle 193 of 225. Black with a tan head. Aroma is full of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is tart dark fruit, vanilla, rum, roasted malt and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.
Patrickctenchi (1693) - columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a ring of dark head.
Aroma is very nice....vanilla, rum, chocolate.
Taste is a bit rough...boozy vanilla, tart wood...
shrubber85 (5972) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Vanilla, light rum, and chocolate malt aroma. Brown with moderate head. Bittersweet dark chocolate malt and ash flavor. Okay - didn’t get much vanilla though.
Ughsmash (6670) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bomber, #191/225. Poured inky black with very little going on head-wise. The aroma picked up sweet vanilla, milk chocolates, and nutty notes joined by a little vinous character.. more vanilla as it warmed up. The flavor found a hefty dose of vanilla throughout, mostly paired with sweet chocolate notes.. tangy oak and sweet rum on the edges.. tanginess paired well with rich chocolate and a bunch more vanilla on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and warm on the palate.. creamy and smooth across the middle.. too much vanilla going on, but otherwise a tasty brew.