SuitcaseHead (1) - - MAY 23, 2016 does not count
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I was excited to try this - an oak-barrel aged, dark stout with coffee, chocolate and more. Served it chilled but not cold, so the best flavor and aroma would stand out.
What I met at the nose, then sipped, was sour, yeasty and unappealing. The excessive carbonation and yeast masked any other flavors.
I kept quiet,as the three other tasters sipped theirs. Offered to add a splash to their glasses. All refused. We poured out the rest.
zgaier (1889) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and aroma of strong oak and spices. Taste is of oak and spices as well, with dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, and coffee notes into the finish.
jjgmd (1985) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich black pour with a huge Java colored head. Nose is malt, chocolate and oak . Taste is full of oak with some tartness and alcohol, and a nice confluence of spices . Ends on the oaky alcohol notes with a tart finish. Nice . Quaff Score 8 / 10
delnoche (504) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
1pt 9.4fl oz bottle poured into an English pint. Deep ruby with a thick tan head. Strong alcohol aroma fills the air on the pour. Upon further inspection, oak barrel, caramel, figs, and vanilla make themselves known. The flavor consists mainly of coffee, oak, and big alcohol. This is definitely a sipper. Reminds me more of a bourbon than a beer. Though an interesting brew, the strong alcohol presence prevents me from really enjoying it.
rollsrace (81) - - MAY 7, 2016
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It says stout, but seems more like a porter. The first swig is awesome with hints of bourbon, but then it becomes sour after a few sips. Got it for $11 a pint. Tasted on 3/10/2014
Torrefacto (1427) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beis ligera. Aromas de chocolate, acidez de fruto rojo equilibrado. Cuerpo medio-alto con sabor achocolatado, acidez redonda, afrutada y fresca y final entre seco de brett y ligeramente tostado.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lives up to its name...pours a dark almost pitch black with big brown fluffy head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and some smoke. Flavors of astringent chocolate, coffee, and tobacco.
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer seems to be too many places at once and can’t make up it’s mind on what it is. 750 ml bottle, nice barrel shaped bottle. I have been really happy with the Sam Adams barrel series in the past but this is different. Aroma of bubblegum, caramel, bread, hay, spices,very strange for a stout. Has a candied, fruity flavor, not much roast or toast, strong alcohol presence, slight smoke, phenol character. There is a coffee and chocolate character but it’s lost in the shuffle. More like a dark Belgian strong ale that is confused.
jtclockwork (14942) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - pours dark brown tan head. Foamy - nose/taste of cocoa, dark fruit, coffee, oak and bubblegum - medium body.
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Inky black in colour with a thick head of white foam. It has a spicy, rich cherry, red berry and oak flavour followed by smooth chocolate, liquorice, vanilla and red fruit on the smooth finish. Excellent!