Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, savored out of my Maudite glass. Pours inky black, thin dark tan head, poor lacing. Nose is tart - red wine and tannin predominate, along with wisps of oak, vanilla, coconut, and chocolate. Some real coffee bean notes here as well, a light touch of brandy, though the beer doesn’t smell particularly "hot". Carbonation is moderate to soft, with a heavy, silky mouthfeel. Some alcohol is perceptible in the finish, but not before. Flavours of vanilla (The barrel character is much more expressive in the mouth, than on the nose), oak, tart dark fruit (currants?) and graphite. Very well balanced, and while slightly boozy, is otherwise impressive in both its weight, and its restraint. A very well-done effort.
wedgie9 (2617) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted in August 2011 from a 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade, it looks like it was bottle in the first week of August, but no mention of the year. I know this one has been in the cellar for a while, though, so the youngest it could be is 2010. Pours thick oily black with a thin brown head that slowly recedes to a thick collar of lace. The nose is lightly creamy with tons of dark chocolate, molasses, oaky whiskey, slightly vinous, coffee, and light vanilla. The flavor is very dry and roasted with red wine, vanilla, whiskey oak, dusty dark chocolate, molasses, and burnt marshmallow. The body is massively viscous with just lighter than average carbonation, and a super long coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla oak finish.
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aromas of plum and chocolate. Unbelievably smooth for the alcohol level and barrel agings. Very full mouthfeel and great complex notes from the barrel. I loved this beer.
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black pour with a mocha head. Aromas of caramel malt, chocolate, and molasses. Black coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, booze, and oak.
Scopey (12245) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Ang’s birthday tasting, thanks to Grant. It pours opaque black, with a thin dark tan head. The nose is salted caramel, chocolate, toasted coconut, alcohol, vanilla and coffee. The taste is coffee, caramel, coconut, vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon and wood, with a light sweet, roasty finish. Full body, creamy mouth-feel and fine carbonation. Good balance and well executed.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Bottle (2008 Vintage) shared at Craft Beer Co., thanks to Grant. Pours thick, dark brown with a beige head. Restrained roast aroma. Medium sweet flavor, lots of mocha, notes of hard alcohol and barrel, brownies. Great balance. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild warm finish, further restrained roastiness, cocoa, brownies. Excellent stuff.(4.4)
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to the host. Yeah, this is an awesome beer. Quite sweet but still very dynamic, not too hot. Very drinkable. Love it. (4.3)
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at Ang’s birthday tasting at the craft.
Yet another highly rated and sought after bottle that. I have to give huge thanks to Grant for. Amazing black body and thick pillowy tan head. Huge chocolate, gloriously roasty and some big fruity stuff. Sweet as you like, a touch of rubber and just generally big and black and assertive. A huge beer all round. Great stuff, there’s no doubt about that, but not worthy of the lofty status it has on rate beer.
harrisoni (17162) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle on Angs birthday. Thanks to Grant Curlow. Some roasted malt. Its a good impy stout, very roasty, great smooth mouthfeel. On a night of lots of impy stouts, this one really stood out.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Kyle. Pours oily black. Tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate, maple, tobacco, molasses and vanilla. Sticky mouth feel. Full body. Warming alcohol.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My love for you is like a truck. Bottle of the 2008 bottling shared by Derek. Pours a deep oily black with a small but remarkably dense deep tan head. Beautiful. Age is apparent, with some light soy sauce notes, lots of chocolate, roast and some sweet chocolate. Medium bodied, roast and more oxidization and paper. Still a good amount of chocolate and roast, more char and roast on the finish.