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 (7181) - 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 (740) - 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 (1345) - Chester, Vermont, 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 (3629) - 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 (4053) - 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 (1984) - 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 (6179) - 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.
puboflyons (2220) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 2012 big bottle. The pour is a deep ebony brown with a moderate short lasting head. An array of aromas fill my nose including sweet dark malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke, cherry, and a dash of hops. The body is medium to full. The taste is malty up front with a wooden hard liquor character volleying with the sweetness followed by a moderate, lingering bitterness. Very nice beer indeed.