phaleslu (5208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at FOBAB 2013. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small tan head. Roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toasted brown sugar, oak, and a hint of coffee. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, toasty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Seems like it was rich and roasty before the barrel, and picks up some nice balancing barrel sweetness and toastiness. Really well-done barrel aging.
crossovert (5692) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thinner brew, dark malt flavors and some spice, hot, boozy and bourbonny as well.
theothermatt (108) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Oaky and vanilla. Licorice and a bit of coffee. Slightly thin. Interesting beer.
charule (610) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottleshare at Voodoo bottle. Light aroma of choc and hop. Similar taste that dries.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Vanilla, bourbon, fudge, and lightly roasted malts. Rich and silky smooth. Good stuff.
jackl (3477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The Croydonia Tasting. Massive thanks to Colin for the northwestern hookup! The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is boiled oatmeal. Caramel. Mellow chocolate. Creme brulee dessert. The taste is cocoa. More mellow oatmeal and caramel. Lightly roasty. Medium body. Very drinkable. Overall, quite tasty. Not barreled to within an inch of its life.
Theydon_Bois (5462) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting, picked up in Newport Ave Mkt - Bend, 13/07/13.
Mid black with a thin tan head which dissipates to a swirl and edgeing.
Nose is roast malt, chocolate, vanilla, oaky notes, brown sugar.
Taste comprises vanilla chocolate milkshake, molasses, demerara sugar, subtle bourbon notes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry in the execution.
Well balanced and easy drinking fayre!
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid black with a small pale head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, hint of oak. Slick mouthfeel, medium-full, sweet finish. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, fig. Tasty
Scopey (4693) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Croydonia tasting. It pours dark brown (near black) with a small beige head. The nose is smooth, mellow, roasted malt, light toast, vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate and coffee. The taste is mellow, roasted malt, toast, caramel, bitter-sweet aspect, earth, charcoal, dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla and light bitterness. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Smooth, well-rounded and rather drinkable. Good stuff indeed.
Leighton (8750) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the Croydonia July 2013 Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Colin for this one. Pours black-brown with a frothy, tan cream head. Nose of vanilla, dark fruits, gooey chocolate, moderate alcohol. Medium to big sweet flavor with mellowed roasted malts, milk chocolate, vanilla pods, raisins. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, some sticky dark sugars, chocolate, ripe dark fruits. Very nice stuff. Good balance.