BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the brewery. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, birch syrup, molasses, vanilla, oak, Bourbon and coconut. Flavor is bitter roast malt, vanilla, Bourbon, raisins, coconut, birch syrup and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Travlr (18623) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the source shared with BeerandBlues2 with further as well. Opaque maroon, beige head. Aroma of toasted coconut, burnt espresso, plums, raisins. Taste is very roasty coconut, coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice. Delicious.
furthur (655) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this when it first came out but didnít rate. Bottle at brewery, black, nice almond colored head faded to a ring. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, coconut, cookies, vanilla, some sour cherries. Taste is oak, sour cherries, coffee, ash, Palate is a little thinner than I remember, but not bad for ABV, carbonation moderate. This has a sour fruit highlight down the middle of a dark, smoky, bourbon barrel stout. I donít know if itís infected or intentional, but I love it!
umich03jm (3100) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from an old trade with michaelinwa. I think this is probably around 2 years old now. Black pour with an enormous pillowy head that fades very slowly to a thick film leaving great webbing. Aromas are dark chocolate, coconut, maple, light ash, vanilla, and espresso. Tastes more roasty than the aroma. Burnt toast, ash, roasted coffee, vanilla, and an odd wood bark/maple taste. That might be the birch syrup? Not much coconut at all. Probably faded away. A touch of booze in the finish. Fairly enjoyable but thereís something throwing it off. Iím guessing itís the birch syrup but I donít know what thatís supposed to taste like.
burg326 (5042) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark black color with aromas of roast, booze, light vanilla, a touch of coconut shavings, and some earth. Flavors were boozy, followed by roast, and light sweet coconut, quite enjoyable for a barrel aged porter.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Bottle... darkguardianís & biggsbowlerís West Palm Beach Birthday Bash!... Pours tar black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The nose is a mocha merger of medium-roast coffee beans and a 70% cacao chocolate bar. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor furnishes deep roasted bitterness - espresso, tobacco, coal and dark chocolate. Finishes acrid, carbonic and burnt. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
jgb9348 (5319) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with some lighter cola coloured tints at the bottom, all with a very nice, three cnetimetre tall deep brown head. Aroma of alcohohl, earth, birch, maple, walnuts, raisins, plums, vanilla and some oak - very strong and very nice! Full-bodied; Super deep flavour of birch with a large malt backbone, some strong spices and even a light smokiness showing some malt and a ton of pit fruits on the end. Afteraste is just as complex as the initial taste with walnuts, pecans, rye and other grains, alcohol, oak all come together with a lot of sweetness, showing some chocolate and toffee at the end as well. Overall, a very complex beer with tons of flavours and a nice body to showcase that all! Great to sample, definitely get this if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 23-May-2013 for US$11.50 sampled in my Midnight Sun tulip on 26-April-2014 as Rating #4499 (beer #1 of 3 for the 4500 rating!)
JohnnyJ (5194) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour, with a light tan head. Roasted malt, ash, molasses, and light bourbon. Not much coconut at all. Sounds good, but this did not turn out that great.
AmEricanbrew (6566) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black body with no head. Dark malt, licorice, light ash, mineral, vanilla aromas. Smooth mouthfeel. Earthy dark roast malt, black coffee, dark chocolate flavors___very tasty.
MikeJslc (770) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of bakerís chocolate, dried cherries, toasty notes, a little coconut, light bourbon. Flavor: bready malt, toffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, birch syrup is hard to detect, toasted coconut is subtle, flavors are a little muddled.