xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binnyís on Clark, Chicago. Dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is chocolate, some coffee, slight vanilla, nutty, some vanilla and other barrel scents as well. Flavor is a lot of red fruit, nutty, chocolate, a good amount of bourbon, coffee, not bad. Medium to thin body and well carbonated. Okay but something about this is a little off.
maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - FEB 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from 22 oz bomber
dark as capaccino with very little head & lacing.
on nose bakers choc. /ljava
flavor is dark roasted malts, some coffee notes, clean and the bitter finish balances this beer very nicely.
jredmond (6290) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2012 big bottle. Body is pretty black, with small brown head. Aroma is a strange sort of not bitterness, but roast. The taste is actually sweet. Some chocolate and dark fruit.
:::::second try: two years later, it is evident that my palate has changed. Bottle split with Pat and Big Tony. Pours a pitch black with nice small brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, marshmellows, cinnamon, and toffee. The mouthfeel is great, with notes of chocolate covered mashmellows, toffee, caramel, maple syrup and roasted malts.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted like a sweet porter. Chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruitiness to the flavor. No bitterness. Did not taste the alcohol at all. Easy to drink and lightly carbonated. Full bodied. Not especially complex for the strength.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma was chocolate and an espresso roast with a fruity nature and an earthy/oaky presence. Vanilla undercurrents and raisins and other dark fruits team with alcohol for an estery and phenolic character. Caramel and a bit of sweetness also are present. The beer poured into the glass crystal clear black with a ruby highlight. The head was miniature off-white and barely there. The flavor was malty with a moderately strong presence of vanilla and bourbon coupled to oak. The flavor was nutty, toasty, biscuity and fruity. Bourbon was well done and none overpowering, but balanced the chocolate and espresso coffee presence very well. Caramel and vanilla were also along for the ride. The finish was just dry with lasting bourbon light and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full and with hardly any carbonation at all the beer had no creaminess on the palate. A darn nice beer, smooth and well achieved chocolate and bourbon/oak work in concert to create a very enjoyable brew. 24 ounce bottle.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Coca-Cola brown with a bit of beige head. Wonderful nose of toffee and chocolate. Lots of toffee. Some dried fruit, nuts, and trail mix aromas going on. The flavor is also a wonderful blend of chocolate cover toffee bits and dates or prunes. Medium body. Silky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Balanced finish. This is a really wonderfull beer that should be on you want list.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mostly opaque, but when held directly to light, a luminous dark ruby sheen becomes apparent. A good inch of off-white froth welled up to the brim, and receded slowly to a partial skim-coat on the surface. Lacework aplenty.
Aromatics are nice blend of caramel, roasted malts, bourbon, and oak. Vanilla follows through with some warming alcohol.
The mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Pretty smooth and somewhat lush.
The pallet has a great balance of chocolate, caramel, nougat, bourbon, oaky tannins, and vanilla. Nicely melded with not one of the layers overbearing the others.
Finishes with a hint of residuals and warming bourbon and vanilla.
Not the biggest, baddest dark beer on the planet, but impeccably balanced and highly drinkable.
A "session" barrel aged beer. True that.
SlayerofBeers (8) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I quite enjoyed this beer. It is paired well with many different foods, but would go perfectly with a nice blackened steak. The beer pours a fine dark brown almost black, with subtle ruby hues. The aroma is that of vanilla and bourbon, with slight toasted brown sugar hints. A slight tan head disappears quickly and leaves way to a wonderfully smooth palate feel. With a small amount of carbonation, and a silky texture this beer is wonderful for sipping. A nice nose of toasted oak and malt comes through at first, leaving a great end of brown sugar and slight bourbon flavors.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, roasting, chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Poured very dark brown in color with a small tan head that diminished quickly. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, cream, chocolate, coffee, dark malts, oak, and salt. Medium body. Thinish dry texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet, dry, malty finish.
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks jtw. Pours a deep black with a slight red hue. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Fruity aroma of plum and slight leather. Some brandy like smells as well. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. Pretty good. Could have a little more malt complexity. I didnít realize this was oak aged. Those flavors come through but do not overpower the experience.