Voodoo (402) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an opaque dark brown with near zero head. Aroma of raisins, sweetness, wood, whiskey. Taste is heavy up front with whiskey, chocolate, raisins, transitions to booze laden oakiness and finished with taste of wet coffee grounds. Large, very large taste and an interesting ride from front to middle to back.
CardsFan25 (78) - - JUL 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark tap with about a quarter inch of tan head. Slight coffee aroma but not much else. Sweet taste with heavy dark fruits and undertones of mocha and caramel. The taste reminds me of a sweet stout more than an imperial stout. They did a great job of hiding the 11% but missed on the Imperial Stout taste.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2014
0.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 red-sepia, white head drops to ring. Nose is toast and burnt sugar, minor cardboard oxidation. Flavor is FUCKING SWEET, light berry and licorice masked by burnt sugar notes that go front-back, dusty cardboard in the dead, slick finish, some heat showing. Literally, I gagged on both sips. Confirmed this was the right beer. Took a third sip and gagged again.
shanoknowsfood (59) - Hawaii, USA - JUN 28, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 On tap at Mr. Beery’s, Sarasota, FL.
Mocha, Mocha, Mocha! Sweet, rich, deliciousness.
I don’t even like coffee...not the smell, not the taste, but this was one of the most incredible taste experiences of my life.
Savored every drop!
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had high expectations for this but unfortunately was a little disappointed. Smells really good like a nice roasty coffee stout base with bourbon and a little funk, I’m assuming from the wine. The only real problem I have with this beer is that the wine takes away from the delicious roasty coffee and bourbon that I love so much in stouts. I think this beer proved to me once again that wine barrels belong to wilds, sours and belgian style beers for my taste.
NikkTwist (1839) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Pitch black pour with a solid off-white head that quickly reduced to almost nothing. Huge dark malts. Heady alcohol taste. Bourbon. Liquorice. Turkish coffee. The red wine barrels bring a slippery enveloping edge to the palate. All the notes are good, though it feels entirely due to the barrels and not the underlying beer.
dfinney23 (2043) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big aroma and taste full of coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate and hints of licorice. Not too sweet. Good stuff.
Theydon_Bois (11073) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in the sun at Lords, Compton Upper, 2nd day of the test v Sri Lanka and celebrating a daddy century by Root, 13/06/14.
Black with a good sized tan head.
Nose is rich chocolate, dark fruit peel, roast malt, light spice trail.
Taste comprises rich chocolate, dark toffee fudge, spice, molasses, light tar, dark fruits.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light boozey wash and a pinch more spice at the curtain call.
Solid impy affair.
JHeath99 (1236) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap from Lazy Dog. Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee and chocolate, but with subtle addition of some vanilla notes. Nice boozy finish.
M82 (353) - Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A mostly smooth 1.5" medium khaki head with a frothy crown over a black body with minute crimson highlights, splotchy lace all around
Mellow, somewhat sweet red wine flirts with subtle spirit notes, graham cracker barrel, light coffee, fudgey dark chocolate, creamy vanilla, and subtle dark fruit hinting at tartness layered on a smooth, lightly textured, warming medium plus body with well restrained carbonation and spicy alcohol accents, the whiskey chocolate combo is amplified in the finish and residual followed by a faint burst of citrusy hop notes as the larger components fade out, well orchestrated, very approachable for the style
22oz bottle code 11/22/13 20:10 served at 60º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter