hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. Bottle pour. Thanks Madvike! Pitch black with almost no tan head. Light brandy, a little burn. This is a big boy. Would like to try it after cellaring it for a coup,e years.
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours thick black with beautiful thick tan head, Roasty aroma with a little brandy and oak. Taste roast malts with cocoa and a little oak. others have felt this was barrel forward - I got a good amount of oak but not much liquor. Nice thick creamy palate. Finish roast and oak. Just not to the level of the top barrel aged stouts but OK.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pitch black center, only a sliver of dark brown at the very edges. Well-retained, light-tan head on top. Big aroma full of alcohol, vanilla, oak, brandy sweetness, licorice, burnt brown sugar, faint syrup, bitter chocolate, & a strong waft of overripe dark fruits in the back-end. Flavor leads with sugar coated plums & figs, followed by a strong sweetness that couples with flavors of anise, licorice, bittersweet cocoa, & molasses. Huge barrel presence, lots of wood & booze. The booze seems almost more like bourbon than brandy. Hints of some vanillin, black cherry, & dark chocolate malt are there, too. Anise, licorice, wood, maple, & bourbon are the biggest survivors in the aftertaste. A heavy ass stout, no doubt.
crossovert (9092) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old brew, aged nicely. Very much barrel forward, very smooth and easy-goign.
cbfobes (2678) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by drowland, thanks Danny! Pours a really dark brown with a thin light brown head, the aroma has quite a bit of the bourbon coming through and that hides most of the chocolate and vanilla notes, the flavor has mostly bourbon on the front end with some vanilla sweetness in the finish, thick mouthfeel, was hoping for a little more out of this one but I still enjoyed it.
drowland (6771) - Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/4/13. 750mL discovered in a random tub in the aftermath of RBWG... thanks, whoever! Shared with cbfobes. Deep brown pour, not quite black, with plenty of reds under a small khaki head that I had to work for and it was still loose and soapy and didn’t last. I can smell the sweet booziness before I even raise the glass, but not necessarily in a bad way. Sweet grapey booziness in the aroma with acidic ash, barrel, alcohol, and some sort of almost off-putting almost oxidized aspect. Rich sweet grapey flavor, almost tart, with an ashy roast kick, and lingering bitter roast. Nice.
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Deyhola. Pours very dark brown -almost black - with tan head. Nose and taste of brandy, roast chocolate malt, creamy milk chocolate, vanilla and oak. Medium body or slightly less than that for the style. A bit of brandy alcohol in the finish.
Pailhead (5589) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet chocolate, fruit, black licorice, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with sweet chocolate, caramel, and black licorice. The finish has light fruit, roast, vanilla, and coffee. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle generously shared by a kind soul at the Tampa Tasting. Pours a stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, wood, brandy, and chocolate. Flavor follows with roast, wood, brandy, and chocolate; a bit boozy at times. Medium to full in body and a solid stout overall.
alexsdad06 (6881) - Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. The nose is on the light side and has roasted malts, chocolate, apple brandy and a hint of coffee. The flavor has apple brandy, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, some wood and a hint of vanilla. Body was on the thin side. We had this along side another apple brandy stout and it seemed to suffer a bit for it.