jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 07/02/2014. Pours deep black, thick fluffy light tan head, great retention and copious, sticky lacing. Aroma is powdered baker’s chocolate, solid roast base, coffee overtones, marshmallow, red fruit with sweetish whiskey finish. Taste is dark chocolate syrup, held in check by strong roast and coffee notes, licorice, hops noticeable towards the finish, prominent whiskey lingering in the aftertaste. Thick, dense body. Nice.
M82 (275) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A huge frothy khaki head fills the snifter to the brim. A black body presents a thin auburn highlight at the stem. The vessel is decorated with a few soapy thick peninsulas of lace once the monstrous head dissipates.
Mildly assertive, very well integrated layers of lightly toasted nuts and whiskey are expressed in the initial aroma. The assertive spirit characteristics possess chocolate and heavy raisin notes, making them behave on a different plane. The components are mingling very nicely, yet the party doesn’t seem to have quite started. As this one moves well into the sixties, a heavier coffee-chocolate layer emerges. This additional influence works exceptionally well with the fruity spirit notes.
A silky smooth medium plus body caresses the palate offering additional notes of vanilla, chocolate, and treacle, with a hint of smoke as the liquid breezes through. Bold fruity esters combine with the oak tannins creating an assertive spicy dryness. Residuals are a conglomeration of all the previously mentioned components. A bit of gooey chocolate chip cookie emerges late. As the serving layers up, some dark cherry flavors and a bit of stickiness forms.
stevoj (2070) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.
Gription79 (2247) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle that two years old, and we are listening Ran Jam. The aroma is cherries, slight brettanomyces funk, chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, brettanomyces funky cherries, slight medicinal, maltiness. The whiskey is well hidden, no heat. Tasty even with the infection. "Black Betty had a child bam-ba-lam the damn thing gone wild" just sayin’
pdx77 (1317) - Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Belmont Station for Bigger Badder Blacker Week. Pitch black color. Aroma is tobacco, oak smoke, coffee, and dark roasted malt. Taste is dark chocolate, cream, smoke, whiskey-soaked wood, and black malt. Roasting, chocolate, and whiskey notes get more pronounced as it opens up.
pdx76 (615) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Belmont station - pours pitch black with small but prominent tan head. Nose of booze, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is of warming booze, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. Very complex and well worth trying.
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jayzz (318) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has an odd flavor that is light and fruity with a whiskey finish. Has a dark brown color and light brown head with a whiskey aroma. Very unique.
high_on_hops (611) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. The aroma has strong bourbon notes with some chocolate, coffee, and dark malt. It has strong bourbon and rich, malty middle with a rich bourbon and chocolate finish over a thick, chewy body.
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Ratman197 (9660) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla with a smooth lingering roasty oak finish.
RobertDale (3396) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Comes black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and whiskey. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel, and wood. Nice to sip on.