gehenherzog (1) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black with a finger mocha head. Dissolves quickly but leaves tremendous lacing
Smell is of rich chocolate, bourbon and slight hint of coffee. Wonderful.
Taste is very creamy. Nice chocolate flavor. Nice toasted coconut flavor and very slight bourbon, oak wood flavor on the back end.
Thick but not too thick. Perfectly carbonated.
Dangerously drinkable. Poured a couple while I was at Duckworthís. Couldnít get enough of it. The alcohol is very well hidden even though itís not a "huge" beer.
This is my favorite beer and canít wait til itís released again at the end of the year. IF you havenít tried this beer, do whatever you can to try it. Itís worth the hype and some.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma:There is a huge chocolate aroma on this beer. Next comes a great bourbon undercurrent. There is also a little vanilla. This aroma is amazing, I must have spent 5 minutes just smelling it.
Appearance:Black, deep mocha colored head with OK retention.
Taste:The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of chocolate up front, and then comes the bourbon. The bourbon flavor isnít huge and hot, itís definitely there but well balanced. On the aftertaste, thereís some vanilla and dark fruits.
Palate:The body on this beer is thick and creamy, and thereís a little astringency towards the aftertaste. The carbonation is low to medium, but well suiting of this beer.
Overall:This is a wonderful chocolate beer thatís smooth and really well balanced. Thereís not much age on this beer, but itís already amazing, and I can only imagine how this one will age.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to kubrick215 for bringing this to our tasting.
Pours pitch black and comletely opaque with a two finger frothy dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
Complex aroma with a good balance of earthy hops, sweet alcohol, honey and bourbon barrel. Hints of earthy pine up front along with a nice, prominent bourbon character. Hints of sweet spirit and oak as well as a healthy dose of vanilla in the nose.
Viscous, chewy medium body thatís on the filler end with lots of luscious, silky chocolate malt, a very prominent hop forward bitterness, earthy oak, vanilla, honey and almost the perfect amount of bourbon. Iím shocked how hop forward this beer ie with a nice combination of bitter earthy pine qnd sweet citrus notes. This is countered mid-palate by a sweet chocolate malt, honey and licorice flavor. In addition, there is the perfect touch of barrel aged notes, especially sweet liquor, earthy oak and tons of vanilla and marshmallow. I was expecting much more of a bourbon bomb but this beer is incredibly well balanced, complex and absolutely delicious.
This beer absolutely lives up to the hype and is very similar to í07 Darkness. I know this beer has high ratings but I was a bit skeptical going in. I have to say this beer destroyed my
expectations and is really amazing. Please drink this fresh to enjoy it at itís fullest potential.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: On draft and from 22 oz bomber this beer pours solid black with a brown 2 inch head that fades quickly.
S: The beers smells like a bourbon stout should with dark roasted malts, chocolate, smooth bourbon and some residual molasses.
T: The taste is what does it for me with this beer. You are assaulted with the aforementioned malts and chocolate initially. The taste develops into a nice vanilla/coconut bourbon that is still holding onto the chocolate. And finally it finishes sweet with the honey and chocolate following through. These guys did a great job of making something just complex enough and not over the top that it is actually very drinkable!
M: The mouthfeel is on par with some of the best bourbon stouts that I have had. The carbonation level seems to be just right but I would still like it to be a little more viscous.
D: At 8.5 ABV and the taste not fatiguing your palate this beer is very drinkable.
Kudos to Olde Hickory for a great job on this beer, highly recommended.
zizzybalubba (1317) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at GABF 2011. Black pour. Aroma of licorice and dark fruit detectable from 3 feet away. Dark chocolate and dark fruit flavor with a touch of espresso. Very nicely done and a true WOW beer.
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best this brewery has produced to date in my opinion. Pours very dark in color with hints of honey and bourbon. Taste included oak with a subtle smokey flavor.
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
3200th rating. 22 oz. bottle via BA trade. Most recent release, late 2011, I believe. Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no head. Big, rich aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak, roast, dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon that provides a little bit of warmth. The flavor hits all the same notes, with rich roasted malts, lightly charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, honey, and molasses. So rich and yet so well-balanced. Finishes roasty after starting more mellow. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty, smooth mouthfeel. Man, this was good. My "Best in Show" for the tasting at which I opened it.
plinythederek (22) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i ventured far into the deep space of Durham NC to find this 22oz bottle of madness. It pours out midnight black with a very little beige head. The aroma is a wonderful mixture of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and honey. Itís so good once it hits your lips. Nice woody bourbon taste mixed with sweet honey. And the aftertaste is killer awesome as well. Sweet vanilla woody bourbon just stays on your tongue. My good lord. In my opinion, if you find this beer get it!
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 12/2013 3R6P gathering +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small foamy dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong coconut, vanilla, rum, dark fruits, strong malts, vanilla, marshmallow and more coconut. I kept a bit of this aside just to keep nosing throughout the night. Marvelous aroma! The flavor was strong coconut, chocolate, vanilla, hot pepper, marshmallow and rum. Very long finish of coconut, rum, vanilla and chocolate. Thick and syrupy body. Marvelous!
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle courtesy of spencedb, thanks a ton for this this awesome surprise! this is a very nice brew all around. the pour is very black with a dark brown head that is cascading, plentiful, and leaves lots of spotting and thick porous lacing. the aroma is deep and dark definitely, lots of dark pitted fruits, raisins, prunes, cherries, currants, tons of bittersweet chocolate, cacao powder, tobacco, molasses, etc. the taste is similar, and aside from it all the PVW barrels add a very nice note to this one. the base beers shines thropugh wonderfully, and is very nice, and it has a very nicely done barrel profile, not overdone by even the most discerning ba critics standards. chocolate, marshmallows, slight chicory, lots of earthy deep notes, tons of fruit and then a nice barrel around it all, really helping the beer shine. i love over-barreled beers, but this beer really is a very nice example of what it can add. the palate is thick, oily, tarry, sweet, bitter, creamy, all very nicely balanced as well as the flavor. great stuff, not sure why its not getting more hype.