bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a goblet, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (cherries, plums), roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, bananas, and some vanilla. It tastes like bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (plums, figs), roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, and a bit of smoke and banana. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate/high soft carbonation. I think this is a good overall Belgian-style stout. I donít think the partial batch barrel aging hurt this brew at all, although Iíd like to try a version of this beer that was fully aged along with the base version of it as well. At $5.99 a bomber, Iíd certainly pick this one up again.
Dogfish_Yeti (16) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definetly Belgium yeast. Great dark fruit smell. The bourbon barrell age adds a great deep coffee taste.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured deep, garnety-brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up a nice blend of darker fruits and bakerís chocolate with accents of vanilla and cloves.. more dry, white spices and a hit of bourbon and oak on the back of the nose.. lots of Belgian yeast impression going on, and not all that much barrel. The flavor found near-burnt dark chocolates, some dark fruits, and licorice at the core, with tangy barrel, a touch of bourbon, and vanilla around.. fruity yeast and spices clashed a little with tangy bourbon barrel on the warm, dry finish.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Healthy Living in Burlington, Vermont. Diggity-dark color with the faintest trace of a light brown hint of a head circling the edge. Earthy, yeasty aroma accompanied by a moderate alcoholy tune with a quiet burbony harmony. Once in the mouth, it is quite fluid (not quite at "watery" but it still has a refreshing quality to it), and hefts an active effervescence - not overpowering, but it definitely stands up and makes its presence known. While itís making its way across the tongue, a woody, toasty, choco-mel combo stops by and says hi before heading warmly downstairs. Another winner from Smuttynose. Have I ever lamented before how I dearly wish that liíl Smuttynose seal would work hard making these big beers year-round instead of once a year (if that)? Maybe his flippers are too short or something.
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Alehouse
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a frothy tan head. Aroma is rich dark fruit - plum and fig - with notes of Belgian chocolate, molasses, and sweet bourbon. Silky and light - but not thin - I drank this rather quickly. Flavor is an amalgam of plum fruit, sweet bourbon, fruity Belgian yeast, flutters of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. A delicious, delicate beer that is not as sweet as it sounds.
Iphonephan (3015) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at church key in DC. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Toasted malt aroma. Some chocolate and toffee in the flavor. Finishes on the thin side.
wlajwl (3738) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is Belgian yeast, bananas/bubble gum and vinous notes. The flavor is bananas, fruit, roasted malts, vinous notes and a mild sourness in the finish.
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is belgian sweet with dark fruits, molasses, and chocolate notes. Pours black with a chalky tan head which sticks around after it fizzles. Taste has peaty notes of oak, dark figs, roast coffee, slight licorice and molasses. Finally a belgian stout that tastes like a belgian ale. The bourbon is slightly present as a sweet peaty taste. Didnít wow me like a barrel-aged stout should but it is very good.
swoopjones (5598) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at blue monk,mild aroma of roasted malts. medium roast, coffee notes, touch of twangyness and slight medicinal noted. Chalky mouthfeel, lighter bodied. Decent
degowop (34) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Usually not a big fan of the Belgian Stout style, but this one was aged in bourbon barrels so gave it a shot. Good balance of stout and Belgian, without too much of the Belgian sweetness. Nice stout, with a definite chocolate presence. Not too much in the way of bourbon, however.