Freakout (16) - Alaska, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Minor gusher...but drinking great. Nice sharp/ black currant nose, black appearance with a aggressive white head that falls very fast. Very pleasant roasty taste dominated by the berries now, hints of the wood and Bourbon in the back end. More fruity lambic than stout now.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent tasting generously hosted by hannont... Poured pitch black with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Really complex and full flavored. Some roast and boozy characters, but then it almost came off like a cocktail with black currant and berry-like, dark fruit flavors. Whiskey and wood nets as well. Pretty phenomenal.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Bought 2 bottles of this when it came out, the first bottle gushed big time and was very sour, so I decided not to take any chances and open my 2nd bottle. Chilled down really cold and it didn’t gush at all, then let warm. Pours black with a big foamy tan head that fizzes down to a thick cap. Aroma of dark chocolate covered sour cherries/currants, whisky and oak. Flavor is boozy whisky up front with semi-sweet chocolate and a light tartness. Medium to full body with active, frothy carbonation and a somewhat thin mouth feel. This bottle was not as sour as the first, just some light tart cherry but mixed in with all that chocolate and boozy keeps it mellow. I’d drink these asap.
neepsntatties (1420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Snow Goose (thanks to "AKfaust") after the 2012 GABBF. Colour... nearly black with almost no head. Nose... cocoa mass, molasses, all manner of dried dark orchard and vineyard fruits as well as booze soaked currants. Palate... a delightfully chewy beer with a brooding barrage of deep, boozy, dark flavours reflective of its black currants, as well as dark Dutch chocolate, dried cherries, unsulfered molasses, treacle and a darkly spicy parade of flavours associated with rye infused oak in which it laid. This is a magnanimous stout worthy of high praise! Glad I got a two of the 500 bottles produced!