koleminer20 (348) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, vintage 2013, shared at a tasting on February 17. The pour is kind of thin. The color is light, almost like a medium to dark brown. There was a moderate tan head, and a small amount of lace that was detected. The aroma was huge on bourbon. There was a little vanilla, and some toffee notes to go along with it, but the bourbon was somewhat dominating. The flavor was very similar. A good light chocolate and vanilla start, followed by a heavy bourbon finish. The mouth feel is really thin. and the aftertaste is really good. Nice, chocolaty, and lingering.
Christpuncher (660) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tho one is actually a dragon maker. Strong vanilla flavor and strong alcohol content. Smells like vanilla and has a strong bourbon flavor. Had at bad apple.
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Theydon_Bois (6471) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, from an IP trade with a guy of BA, 18/02/14.
Black with a moderate sized tan head that soon dissipates to a covering.
Nose is dark toffee fudge, woody bourbon twang, milk chocolate, light metallic nip, rich fruit cake tones.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, bourbon forward but always in check , chocolate, brown sugars, light booze, dark fruits.
Medium bodied +, fine carbonation, sweet close with a sublte trace of bourbonic boozedom.
Nice stuff, the flavours came out in this one more as it warmed. Would be more than happy to revisit.
BajengisKahn (3) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This stout did not pour as thick as I like and seemed to really lack body for a beer with such a high alcohol content. It also seemed to me to be over carbonated.
GreatDane1632 (131) - Louisiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aquired in a trade. 2013 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a Prairie Tulip -- Aroma is of a combination of a slight vanilla, caramel, bourbon frequently experienced in Bourbon barrel aged brews. Appearance is an opaque black when held up to a light. First thing to notice is the silky smooth mouthfeel when driving over my tongue, followed by a creamy vanilla/bourbon stout flavor. Such a very nice beer. On the same level as GI BCSBS as far as overall impressions, however it isn’t as syrupy and easier to drink. Top Notch.
JoshAWaddell (28) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Sweet chocolate smell with hints of bourbon and alcohol. Ap: a dark pour, not black with thick mocha head. T: a very sweet taste with bourbon. P: nice and thick. O: a very good beer.
TylerGreenDC (190) - - FEB 8, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask. No particular aroma. Flavor really muddy with lots of alcohol. Strikingly indistinct.
1pintatatime (36) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly black with a thin head that wanes quickly. Strong aroma of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of bourbon. Sweet, but not too sweet dominates. The toasted malt is in the background, but the vanilla and bourbon flavors dominate (in a good way). Very little of the booziness seen in some other 10% beers. Mouth feel is rich, not slick, and the finish is just dry enough. Very good.
Ed5388 (1619) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours black with a finger of creamy mocha head. Aroma of milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, and barrel. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, dry wood, and a hint of vanilla and booze. Rich creamy mouthfeel. Solid
Holtguy (109) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark, almost black. Fluffy off white head. Aroma is weak, maybe this winter’s cold has destroyed by olfactory system.
Anyway, flavor is impy stout mellowed a bit by oak and vanilla. Very good. Highs abv that packs a wallop, but is hardly noticeable in the flavor. Great beer.