MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the stout and big beer party at Jackie O’s. This could be their release to end all releases. 4 am wake up call, ugh.
A- A nice skin of dark khaki foam caps a deep looking stout. A few rings of lacing are left.
S- Right away vanilla is on your nose. Its sweet, almost very sweet. Its partly leveled out by a spiciness, probably from the rim. Nice chocolate melds eel with the vanilla.
T- Very sweet. Vanilla almost takes over. It is carried throughout as rum adds spice, but unfortunately it adds some more sweetness. Before its all over there is a minor flash of that confounded tartness that lots of these barreled JO beers has.
M- Carbonation is quite low, I’m a fan of low carbonation but this could use a touch more. The finish is dry.
Serving type: on-tap
BelgianBeerGal (2875) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 batch #103/240 picked up from the brewery. Pours like a typical stout with a smaller brown head that dissipates quickly. Nice aroma of chocolate, vanilla and booze (although I couldn’t swear it was rum). The flavor is dominated at first by a relatively sharp, tart fruit flavor but it finishes with some roasted malt and coffee bitterness. Good but I’m not sure if that touch of sourness was intended.
arminjewell (5233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, huge tan head, dark black pour. Uh oh. Aroma brought sour cherry, vinegar, some trash, vanilla, hints of booze, slight cardboard notes as well. Taste is infected, sour cherry, dark berry, hints of vinegar and garbage-y notes, touch of earth, chocolate and some slight roast, hints of booze, and vanilla. Too bad.
Steve_0 (1931) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Armin’s with friends, courtesy of Armin. Thanks, I think. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a small tan head. Roasty, dark fruity, sour, malty, tangy, tingy, and floral aroma. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, so tart and infected cherries and raspberries. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really bad infection.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by noodleuser. Thanks man!
The beer is dark brown with maroon highlights and a small beige head. The aroma offers booze, oak, vanilla, chocolate. Raisin and fig in the flavor with notes of sweet vanilla. Booze and chocolate as well. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty tasty.
radagast83 (3797) - 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 (7129) - 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 (7108) - 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 (8557) - 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 (524) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 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 (9944) - 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.