MrsRickyisms (7) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fell in love when I watched it pour. Super dark with a lovely creamy head. Surprisingly lighter tasting than its appearance. Chocolatey and malty. Overall very smooth, not overwhelming and I enjoyed it.
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with with a brown head. I didnít get a lot from the aroma. Dark chocolate, wood, bourbon and caramel, but it was hard to pick out. Flavor was better. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, crystal malt, and a bit of astringency from the barrels. I was hoping for more barrel character, but itís still very tasty. Full body with medium carbonation. Good beer.
vtafro (6678) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks Briank. Black pour with tan head. Creamy, chocolate roasted vanilla. Very nice aging, Abv isnít over the top oxidation hasnít killed this.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It took awhile to track a bottle of this down. Many thanks to daknole for sharing! Pours charcoal black with a trim beige head. Brimming with notes of cocoa, leather, whiskey, and vanilla in the aroma. Tastes of additional notes of tannins, dark fruit, and a hint of cream. Extremely balanced for itís depth. Worth the wait.
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 doesnít 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 (2633) - 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 (3380) - 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 (12507) - 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 Angís 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 (18526) - 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 Bruceís, 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)