shrubber85 (10357) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Spicy chocolate, caramel, malt, oak, and alcohol aroma. Very dark chestnut with small head. Sweet milk chocolate syrup, roasted malt, and strong wood flavor. Not bad - on the sweet side.
Lemke10 (962) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a dark brown color with a light brown, foamy head that leaves behind some decent lacing. Aroma is yeast, malts, some cocoa, and sweetness. There is a lesser robust taste than expected with a decent amount of spices mixed with sweet malts. The texture is very Belgian indeed. Probably the most interesting of the Barrel Room Collection brews.
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Cavie. Great looking beer! Nice and dark, coffee and chocolate. Love it!
Cavie (4234) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle courtesy pikapp327. Pours a murky brown color with light carbonation. Aroma is woody, raisins, Belgian sugary candy. Flavor is a little funky and weird. Dark fruit. Odd flavor, tastes old.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a dark black stout with a thick development of foam head which eventually retreated. Aroma is surprisingly faint with all traces of this being an impy stout have been erased from the barrel aging process, however, the oak barrels are the only noticeable smell I gain through my nose. The drink is harsh with a stinging taste of tart tannins while a semi-sweet sugary taste of malts and slight burn from the alcohol finish this beer on a wrong note. Maybe it has too many months on the shelf since this was released awhile ago and hasnít had the most ideal bottle aging conditions but this is my current standing.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer isnít as bad as the New World Tripel, though. Its head is much less out of control, light brown in color and fairly fine and dense with great retention. The beerís color is what youíd expect... black. Iím actually pretty impressed by the appearance. The aroma is very perfume-like. If you smell hard enough you can actually pick that apart into a combination of chocolate and soured yeast. It honestly smells just like somebody added a Belgian sour to a stout. Go figure!
In the mouth, it actually reminds me of one of Jolly Pumpkinís sour stouts. Donít think of this as a stout when you drink it... think of it as a wild ale above all and youíll be in for a nice experience. Itís a little creamy in the mouth, warmed by sourness, soothed by a chocolaty roasted malt flavor, and capped off by a tongue-puckeringly wild tartness. Itís a superbly soft beer and a well-balanced mixture. This beer makes up for the faults of its brother, New World Tripel.
unclemike (2870) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
finally got around to drinking this Pours black into a snifter. Pancake head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Sour pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Medium bodied with sweet and sour fruit upfront turning to chocolate and oak in the lasting finish
Iceangel (1) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This whole rating thing new to me, but drinking beer isnít, so here we go. I can definitely make out the oak and spices in aroma with a hint of alcohol smell to it. Not an avid drinker of stouts on a regular basis, but it didnít strike me enough to want more of these either. I can taste the "Belgian" style in it which I am partial to. Certainly, not the worse Iíve ever tried, so I finished the glass.
longshot (3) - , Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First of itís style so a little unsure here. Aroma has a prominent oak and spice smell to it. A fairly thin body for a stout with ample sweetness. if your looking for something away from the norm, itís a nice beer. Though itís not something I would add to a regular rotation.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.
Pours an extremely dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a decent one finger dark tan head. Pretty good head retention and lacing taking the abv into consideration.
The aroma threw me off a little bit. Instead of a chocolatey, roasty, stout aroma I get hit with some perfumy, funky, Belgian notes. Almost reminds me of a Flanders red or something. Quite floral with a little bit of dark fruit. Not bad but just a little odd.
This carries over into the flavor. Lots of fig and cherries along with just the slightest bit of funk. About halfway through and towards the finish, a little bit of light chocolate tries to come through but it is very faint. There are also some banana and bubblegum yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but also quite sticky.
Overall, I really was expecting more stout characteristics with this beer. This screams Flanders red or Oud Brun more than Belgian ale. It is all just a bit rough around the edges and a bit weak.