harrisoni (14232) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso tasting new year 2012/13. Black beer with lasting beige head. Choc aroma. Smooth. now this is balanced and pretty good. yes pretty good.
rlgk (11699) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Chocolate aroma, caramel, licorice, roasted, violet, anise, spicy, bready, biscuits, yeasty, woody, whiskey notes, woody. Chocolate flavor, licorice, caramel, figs, raisins, yeasty, oak, caramel. Really nice.
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with a short, frothy tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, yeast notes, roasted malt, and coffee. Soft boozy notes as well. Taste is roasted malt, light vanilla, dark fruit, yeast, dark chocolate and coffee. Body is medium with a moderate, creamy carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, chocolate notes, dark fruit, coffee and yeast.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hugely enjoyable ’stout.’ Aging gives it character and a long taste. Alcohol muted. Vanilla is present. Smuttynose does a beer well.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice deep brown with a tan head. Big bourbon/chocolate/vanilla nose. Perfect christmas eve beer! Taste is creamy, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon sweetness, but a bit unbalanced. Definitely one of the better Smuttynose big beers.
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with my dad. Pours a deep ruby crimson brown to black with a medium sized tanned beige head. Very faint musk and cocoa on the nose, esters, chocolate, faint plum. Medium bodied, a bit of malt and roast, touches of plum. Cocoa and malt, cocoa with a touch of smoke. Warming alcohol and bourbon on the finish. Smooth and warming, rather balanced. Long cocoa and a touch of bourbon and wood. Nice and fairly easy drinking.
tastybeer (1804) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black/ruby with a tan head, some retention/no lace. Aroma of licorice, anise, prune, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, prune, light vanilla, light chocolate, licorice. Palate is soft, creamy, sweet finish. Muddled flavors.
AirForceHops (3646) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ the Ale House, Amesbury, MA. Tulip glass shows a deep black with lasting tan head. Nose is chocolate, yeast and raisin notes. The taste is a Belgian stout without question. I get only very light notes that this was aged in bourbon barrels. As I sip this I can’t detect any ABV. Just lots of sweet flavors. Chocolate, coffee, raisins, plums and yeast. Texture is on the creamy side. My glass was empty much too quick. Overall this is my kind of brew. And the best thing is the price on draft and in a bottle is very reasonable.
bluejacket74 (1428) - 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 there’s 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 don’t think the partial batch barrel aging hurt this brew at all, although I’d 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, I’d 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.