djd07 (2779) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a large tan head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong roast, oak and alcohol and dark fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a smokey wood flavor with a very smokey dry finish. Alcohol present but not too overpowering. A very good stout from Pike.
mmmbeer (1202) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- mispoured and ended up with one finger of a solid black liquid and a solid 4 inch foamy tanish brown head that refused to leave, hearty lacing. Medium carbonation, aroma of oak, vanilla, dark roasted malt, and majickal beer goodness. Hits the mouth with a hearty and heavy body, malt was masterfully roasted- damn near perfect, smoke, oak, and dark chocolate in the middle, finish has hearty lingering with vanilla, cream, and the warmth that comes from the color black. Very creamy throughout, and I canít notice the alcohol level at all. Now get that finger up, wave it around... HOME RUN!!!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bomber, aged about a year. Pours nearly black, dark cola-mahogany in hue. A small, frothy head of chocolate milk colored foam leaves sticky ribbons of lacing behind. The aroma shows a malt base of dark chocolate and burnt caramel, with notes of smoky molasses and hints of toffee. Vanilla comes through from the barrel, as does a sweet bourbony warmth. Flavors follow suit, quite sweet for a stout, loaded with molasses and caramel. The dry cocoa lends some earthiness, but the sweet oak and vanilla prove overly saccharine. Medium-full, sweet, and sticky, the light carbonation is nice, but itís just too boozy and sugary. Good, but far from great.
bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours black with a 5-finger creamy/foamy/clingy dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate and wood. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is oak, chocolate, burnt malt, and arguably vanilla. Or something. Really mouthsmacking. No heat. It just seems to get more chocolaty with time. Quite tasty. Seems to be alive. Seems to oscillate between oak and chocolate. Just canít get "bourbon" though.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Let me get two annoyances out of the way: First, the wax coating over the bottle cap was very difficult to remove. Second, Iíve never seen a more explosive head--it overflowed my 24 oz glass and the bottle at the same time.
Needless to say, there was a huge, beige head that settled slowly. Some chunky lace.
Smells of dark chocolate and brandy.
The taste is rich, but the body is not. Strong alcohol warmth to the swallow. Again, dark chocolate with a cognac-like touch of raspberries and strawberries. The aftertaste is like unsweetened cocoa. Thereís also a bit hop spiciness in the background.
I like the complexity but it good use a fuller body to get to great status.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, thick black pour with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, oak and coffee. Very bitter chocolate flavor with notes of wood and coffee.
kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a small fizzy brown head that left some thick lacing. Very woody nose with a little bourbon, burnt malt, light alcohol, and a touch of smoke maybe. Very woody and tannic flavor. Almost too woody. Burnt coffee, heavily roasted malt, and some moderate alcohol stick out first. The bourbon is really in the background, and doesnít pop out at all. Very dry with a good bit of astringency on the finish. Not as good as what I was expecting. Somehow they managed to make an overly woody tasting beer with only half of it aged in barrels. Thatís a new one for me!
swoopjones (5253) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blind tasting. Roasty, maple syrup, pancakes, floral hops. woody, lighter bodied, complex but little cohesion
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted blind. Nose is vanilla, some apple, coffee. Flavor is big caramel, a little almost buttery coffee, malt. Lingering cocoa in the finish, dark fruits, roasted cherries.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a thick, olive-green head that leaves thick chunks of foam on the inside perimeter of the glass. Aroma is a not-so-subtle of cedar wood and sour cherry and dark strawberry. Flavor is a foamy rush of bourbon, oak, cedar, coffee bean with an earthy finish. Nice and lingering on the tongue; not as thick and chewy as I would like but the flavors are intense enough to overlook that. Fine stout; Iíll have to buy more to see what this beer does over time.