TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Friday evening addition. Original X Version. Pours a richer blackish pour, almost opaque, dark with some brownish essence. Good murky haze, frothy offwhite head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are richer toffee, roast, and cocoa. Gentle coffee, firm spirit and oak, vanilla and spirit, Bourbon, toffee. Richer aromas really permeate. Initial is firm, fuller bodied with a touch of thinness from the barrel. Spirit heat, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee. Touch of marshmellow, burnt ash, roast comes on to the palate. Heat, barrel tannins. Richer flavors, really has held up as roast, touches of heat, darker deep thicker malts hang on. Really good flavors, still assertively thick and rich yet still quite quaffable. Firm barrel presence. Lovely. Really stands out even with age.
UDBeernut (1245) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
xv bottle from a free beer contest. thanks. served at cellar temp. pours jet black with a light lacing trail. nose is complex with black malt, chocolate, fig, oak, and bourbon. taste begins sweet with chocolate. fades to bourbon and booze burn on the finish. sweetness and oak linger. body is burly. takes no prisoners.
Nische (427) - SaltsjŲ-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is dominated by madeira-like aroma. Mouthfeel is silky smooth but a bit leathery together with some dill (?). Flavor has loads of espresso and dark chocolate. Aftertaste has dark roasted coffee beans, cocoa and dark chocolate with some feel of alcohol. However this was a huge disappointment for me. I expected a lot more regarding the intensity of the flavors.
BeerGuy84 (14) - - NOV 25, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fantastic beer. Deep dark color with deep brown head. Espresso, bourbon and oak on the aroma and taste. Vanilla and bittersweet chocolate with a warming finish.
Wordsworth (119) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle XV aged one year, poured into Finnish pub mug. Pours black with a khaki finger head that lingers throughout. Minimal spotty lacing. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, fig, roasted malt. Great nose. Flavor is a balance of bourbons sweetness, blackberry jam smooth chocolate, fig malt, and light charred malt. The bourbon lays atop the palate wonderfully. I havenít tried a new bottle, but after tasting this year old batch, I donít imagine I could ever go back. Stellar beer. Canít wait to try a 2-year.
JesseBones (38) - - NOV 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A sweet smelling complex blend of molasses, cherry, fig, oak, and malt; amongst aromas too subtle for my nose. A sweet and impressively complex flavor. Dark chocolate, coffee, blackberry jam and of course a pleasant little bite from the bourbon barrel. There is no such thing as a perfect beer, but this as near as I have ever tasted.
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Cory (172) - , California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle XV. Aroma is cherries, molasses, a little soy (in a good yes), and chocolate, some booze, taste is really sweet, good carbonation, some smoke and bourbon in the taste. This beer is amazing, complex, great and develops really well as it warns up. A little warmer thereís some fig and blackberry jam. If I wasnít opposed to giving a beer a perfect score then this would be it.
dctriman (57) - USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good barrel aged stout. 2011 Vintage. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Strong, great flavor.
ajnepple (1036) - Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Mayor. Black and thick with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate, coffee, wood and vanilla. Similar flavor. Nice.
beerbastard (603) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 bottle, Black pour with tan head. Oxidation in the nose along with malty bourbon. Malty bitter chocolate Bourbon flavors followed by some coffee. Dry astringent bitter finish. Decent palate.
ineedbeer (418) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Twelfth Anniversary Bottle.
Aroma has a moderate dark chocolate aroma with a bit stronger notes of fruit esters. Fruit is fig, prune and raisin. Aroma has a moderate cardboard oxidation note. Light alcohol spice in the finish.
Pours a nice black color with a fairly thick light mocha head with average retention that then lingers on the edges.
Flavor has medium sweet chocolate notes with some lighter bitter chocolate notes. Medium light raisin and fig notes as well. Light roast and moderate bourbon notes. Light oak character that also imparts a touch of nuttiness. Medium alcohol spice in the finish with some lingering whiskey notes. Medium oxidation notes of cardboard in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low but present astringency with medium to medium low carbonation.
Overall an alright beer but it is definitely past its prime with quite a bit of oxidation showing up as dried fruits, cardboard and hints of cat piss. The chocolate notes are still there but not as bright as when fresh. The alcohol notes have subsided a bit though which is a positive.