Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours viscous, heavy black, black as black metal, thin tan head, very soft carbonation, pretty lacing, if somewhat spotty. Nose is soya sauce, vanilla/macadamia nut, oak, toast, tannins. Oily roastiness. Smells like pure, concentrated evil, in a good way. Flavor is tart, sourish but not in an infected way. The red wine barrel shows through, tannins and fruit, bourbon vanilla and roast barley in the finish. Flavor is rather ’perfumed’ if that’s possible, tannins keep the finish from being particularly lengthy. Tight, rich, shows candy and elevated coconut as it warms. Interesting, complex, missing something to make it truly great.
BeerandBlues2 (10388) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ratman. Pours opaque with a small, brown head, low retention. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and dark fruit (dates). Flavor is dark bitter chocolate, oak, earthy hops, and caramel malt. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dasilky. Wow, finally a good beer from this Jew.
Pours a thick-as-night black with an aroma of chalky oak chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is bourbon oak whiskey (yes, ’ey’) with a light syrup finish. Thick on the tongue. Mmmmmmmmm...
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 (Bottle) Pours black with brown head. The aroma holds soft but clear notes of coconut-like oak/bourbon up front. Undertones of dusty coffee, tobacco and tangerines. Nice, harmonic nose. The flavour is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a tiny acidic sting. Coffee, coconut, black currant and malt roast. The mouthfeel is soft and round with a light carbonation. Oak and mild coffee lingers. Medium to full bodied. Not super complex but well balanced.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with brown highlights and a small loose tan head. Soft subtle chocolate and tobacco aroma with notes of dark roast coffee, vinousness, and subtle balanced hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon. The flavor is intense, bitter, heavy roasted coffee and charred oak with background notes of cacao, bourbon, red grapes, and tobacco. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation, a dry finish, and a slight alcohol bite.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing Josh! Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, slight bourbon, dark roast, and coffee. Medium thick mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is really tasty. FInishes semi-sweet and was real glad to try this one. Thanks Josh!
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Pours black with a small tan head. The nose is oaky with chocolate, vanilla, and roasted barley dominant. The flavor is all over the place. Chocolate, coffee, tannin, berries, candy, coconut, exotic fruit, and some licorice on the finish. Heavy, silky mouth feel. Very different and very good.
daleharshman (951) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from BevMo ($14.99). Pours dark brown and almost black with two fingers of dark beige foam. Mellow aroma of roasted earthy malts, bourbon, and light coffee tones. Taste is rich with earthy coffee, strong notes of boozy bourbon, and hints of dark chocolate and dark fruit. You can feel/taste the 11% on this one, but it is not unpleasant. Overall this is pretty good, but the price is ridiculous. (168, 257)
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Feb 2010 Indy tasting - Aroma is loaded with dark malts and fruits followed by dusty dry coffee. Flavor is strong match to aroma but finishes thin. Palate is chewy. A nice twist to traditional BA imperial stouts.
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from the noble Bhensonb. Thanks yet again! Pours pitch black under a thin brown head. Initial nose in dark fruit and a hint of bourbon. The first flavor once in the mouth is definitely the bourbon, but it is clearly and quickly softened by chocolaty/cherry mellowness. I generally dislike bourbon flavors in my stouts, but this isn’t overpowering and is balanced well against the chocolate, fruit, and roasty flavors. Very nicely done. Palate has a bit of an alcohol bite, but not a big one, and the finish is all about fruit flavors and dry tobacco. I never did really get the coffee suggested in the brewer’s description, the roasted bitterness seemed like it could have as easily come from the grain. But, hey, I do like this stuff.