gkeh (204) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Dark, dark brown with great lacing for 11% abv. Sweet malt on the nose, chocolate, vanilla roasted malts. Taste is sweet vanilla, oak, mild chocolate. Fantastic dry finish. Superb stout.
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks, Jason! Deep brown body, never truly reaching "full black" status with an off-tan foam that settles to a collar within moments. Aroma has some sweet whiskey, chocolate brownie cake, fudge, creamy oats, & some oak-laden tannins in the finish. Lovely aroma from the start; as it warms up, a mild fusel note becomes apparent, but not enough to spoil the show. Big roasted malt flavor up front; nice dark cocoa flavors, like an Intense Dark 86% chocolate bar... Trailing notes of whiskey, oak, vanillin, creamy malts, & integrated tannins lead into a roasty finish with slight hints of coffee, cocoa beans, burnt caramel, & booze. Very nice beer, I think I preferred this to the Vanilla & Pirate Noirs.
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Near oil black pour with a thin dark khaki head that recedes along the circumference of the glass. Nose is sweet oak, milk chocolate, whisky. Slight booze. insanely smooth mouth feel, sweet milk and dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a slightly boozy whisky finish. Nutty coffee finish. Very nice.
Pailhead (4814) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of umich03jm
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, vanilla, caramel, spice, and light bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights around the edges of the glass. It has a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, molasses, and a touch of caramel. The finish has light-moderate roasted coffee and a touch of whiskey. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky black with a good amount of sediment floating around. Some copper hues to this, small tan head, leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is light. Roasted nut, chocolate, coffee and hints of booze. Taste is much lighter than expected...as is the mouthfeel. Medium to low carbonation, but a medium body as well. Kind of off-putting with a beer this big. Wanting more coffee vs. chocolate interplay....both are present, but neither wants to take the driver seat. A slight dark fruit character creeps in towards the back end along with hints of vanilla and whiskey barrel. The barrel character naturally comes out a bit more as the beer warms. A decent balance to this beer for sure, but too subdued in the flavor department. Seems that the beer is either a blend or had a very short life in the barrel.
Theydon_Bois (8695) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at the Jack is back tasting, thanks to Jacky boy @isback, 06/03/14.
Black with a moderate tan covering that clears to a swirl and edgework.
Nose is dark malts, spice, dark berry fruit, metallic waft, mollasses.
Taste comprises chocolate, dungy notes, hot boozedom, woody tang.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, hot in the drying close.
So so for style - a little infected perhaps?
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of oak, smoke, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, fudge and anise. Taste is of fudge, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, whiskey, tannins, prune.
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, and tan head. The smell is wine, alcohol, oats, sweet, fruity, and plums. The taste is malts, fruity, hops, alcohol, tannins, tea, and chocolate.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at WoB. Dark pour with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted, alcohol, chocolate, and dark fruit. Taste is lots of dark fruit, a little roast, and a booze finish.
cwsample (162) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at World of Beer Arlington. Very dark with a thin tan head, aromas of roasted malts, hint of baker's chocolate.