Kco (50) - USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with creamy head that stood up, with good laceing. Flavor of fruit and caramel. A clean after taste though slightly sour. A good brew but not quite to my taste.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: December 26, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of fruityness, light tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, drying earthyness, touch of bourbon adds sweetness, oaky, fruity
Overall: more oaky and bitter than sour
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
mR_fr0g (4378) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting 30/12/12. Black coke colour with a big tan head/ Coal black bitter coffee aromas.Roasty bitter black malt, toast and a hint of smoke. Bitter coffee finish.
mcox90 (1622) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Pours dark brown, almost black, with some reddish highlights and a 1 finger creamy mocha head. Head recedes to a ring leaving random sticky lace. Nice funky aroma with wood, some sour notes, dark fruits and candy. Flavor has a funky sourness as well as lots of roastiness. Some candied sugar sweetness, tempered by the Belgian yeast. Full palate with an odd tartness. There’s a lot going on here and it works very well.
HonkeyBra (3583) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown -- near black-- with a coffee and cream colored head. Aroma of belgian yeast, cocoa, mild oak and bourbon. Flavor of rich fruity notes, chocolate, touches of bourbon and oak. Slick bodied. Finishes with touches of maple syrup and molasses.
harrisoni (14345) - 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 (11937) - 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 (5407) - 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.