BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks thirdeye11. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, nutty cocoa, burnt rubber, wood and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, nuts, chocolate and tobacco. Creamy carbonation.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle purchased at the brewpub. This is their RIS aged in Stranahan Whiskey barrels, served in a snifter..
Pours black but just short of pitch. There’s a little crimson peeking through the edges. Very small head that fades quickly to a thin swirling layer of bubbles, and as a result there’s very little lacing.
Smell; lots of vanilla and molasses, with a touch of coconut and cocoa. The whiskey is present but it’s pleasantly mild, playing more of a complimentary role in the aroma.
Taste; the coconut and vanilla really come through right out of the gates. Followed by a earthy molasses sweetness that, fortunately, falls a little short of becoming cloying. The finish reminds me of the chocolate bourbon balls that my In-Laws make for Christmas minus the powdered sugar (my MIL likes her bourbon balls). I really like the whiskey profile here. It adds just enough to the beer so that you know it was aged in whiskey barrels, without overwhelming the actual beer.
Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a little on the sticky side, and with the low carbonation, gives this a rather smooth feel. The drinkability is good, though one 750 is definitely enough.
Tyson and Co. have a winner on their hands here. This is definitely the best of their three bottled beers so far, and I really hope they keep making this one. Though I do hope they manage to find a way to reduce the price point as this is a little expensive at almost $20 a bottle.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No light can shine through this dark, dark beer. Beige head. Barrel-aged flavor is nicely in proportion to the deep roasted flavor. I think the folks at NBC must really care about us if this is what they are brewing for us.