Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
1/25/2013. Pours black with a thin, brown head. Aroma is incredible; so much coffe, cappuccino, espresso, vanilla. Taste caught me slightly off-guard. Highly acidic, black coffee, burnt coffee beans, roast, bourbon. Medium carbonation. Aggressive, full-bodied mouth feel. This stout is incredibly aggressive; it stings a bit on the tongue. The barrel aging really helps to calm this beer down, if even just a bit. But I enjoyed this and could drink it often.
b33r (750) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color with thin light brown head and moderate lacing. Aroma is weak- nonexistent, maybe some malt remnants but otherwise nothing. Flavor is okay, well balanced with the bourbon and cocoa coffee notes but weak all around. Called Nectar Ales Black Xantus at the bar, but this says its retired....is this an old beer?
DCLawyer (1941) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber->snifter. Black with huge frothy tan head. A: chocolate malt, nuts, toffee, roasted malts, coffee, hint of booze. T: coffee grounds, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, booze. Quite good.
Martinus (4073) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, liquorice, vanilla and chocolate. Bitter flavour, roasted malts, coffee, light caramel, hops. Full, thick body. Bitter finish, liquorice root, light sour note. Bit sweet, quite boozy.
(from 75cL bottle @ Let’s drink all of Rich’s American beers Tasting. Thanks for sharing, omgrich!)
tderoeck (6667) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
15/VIII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ We’re drinking all of Rich’s American beers tasting - BB: n/a (2015-1086) Thanks to omgrich for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, small fizzy beige head, non adhesive, unstable. Aroma: very rich, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, bit sourish. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very alcoholic and boozy, bitter, roasted, caramel, molasses, bit smoky. Aftertaste: alcohol, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, bit hoppy, roasted, some coffee, a lot of coffee actually. Didn’t know anything about the beer beforehand, looks like i got a lot of it right. Sourness from the wine barrels, bourbon, coffee, ... So, even at the end of such a big tasting, still got my senses serving me right! ;-)
arnold931 (927) - Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is roasted coffee and maybe some bourbon. Taste is bourbon and coffee with some smoke.
olio (8075) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego.
Pours dark ruby red color with a small beige head. Quite appealing aroma, roasted malts, bourbon, ripe fruits, vanilla, faint coffee and chocolate, some caramel too. Quite sweet flavor with vanilla, caramel, faint syrup and some ripe fruit notes, licorice, not that roasty, some coffee bitterness and dark malts. Alcohol it’s quite well hidden. Quite sweet, maybe a tad too sweet flavor, but the aroma is quite awesome. Excellent.
lusikka (7600) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2015 650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, rich caramel sweetness and bourbon. Flavour of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, vanilla, strong red wine notes, herbal notes and tart wooden notes. Full bodied. Oily. Aroma was excellent, but flavour is a bit overwhelming. Still nice.
laiti (7706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. Aroma has sweet bourbon tones and licorice. Flavour has licorice, sweet bourbon, vanilla and rye pudding. Also some porto. Very intensive, very sweet, very great. Reminds me of Bells Black Note - this is just more oaty and malty. I would love to have a bottle of this with a great two-hour movie.
tiong (5229) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, mämmi, licorice, hints of oakiness and vinous notes. Taste is vinous, slightly roasty and sweet with loads of licorice, hints of oak, wood and berries. Finish is heavy with vinous notes, sweet syrup, licorice, oak, wood and vanilla. Quite vinous and sweet.
Mark_Eck (1250) - - AUG 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.