phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99- thanks again, Tom! 2012 vintage. Also notches for 2013 and 2014, so I guess this won’t be the last time we see it. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. The aroma has a lot of Belgian yeast character, with notes of dark fruits (a lot of grapes), chocolate, oak, currants, and vanilla. Flavor of oak, peanuts, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and fig. Medium-full bodied, with a rich, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Would be interested to try this same vintage again in 6 months or so.
b3shine (8183) - Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to taster. Looks good; cola with thin lacing. Smells of malt, oak, and Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid, but not spectacular.
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oddly effervescent on the pour. Dark hue in the glass; nearly black. Big bubbles pop like on a soda. Aromas tell a fruity, jammy, nutty, toffee kind of story. Candy sugar on the first taste, settling into a brown sugar sweetness, too much vanilla/bourbon, and not enough of the rich chocolate, caramel and toffee notes that would have rounded this beer out.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan cap.
Aroma: Chocolate covered banana, vanilla, cereal.
Taste: Roasted malt, bourbon, wood, banana esters. Finishes roasty and woody.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Aversge carbonation.
Overall: A very flavorful, balanced Stout. Keeping this under 9% probably played a role in this beers wonderful complexity. Not a booze/bourbon bomb, yet not one of those bourbon barrel beers where you barely get any spirit/barrel character.
ryecatcher (1354) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours an opaque, charred brown color with a wisp of mocha colored head, not much in the way of lacing. Nose is malt, raisins, vanilla and toffee. Mouth is mild sweetness, dried fruit (figs, dates, raisins and cherries), cocoa, some vanilla, brown sugar, a hint of barrel and a balancing tanginess. Slightly warm finish. Decent.
Leighton (18706) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to The Peter’s mother-in-law (Myrna?). Pours dark brown with a fine, tan cream head. Dark bread malt nose, hints of Belgian candi sugar, dry cocoa. Medium to strong sweet flavor, some light dry cocoa, candi sugar, rich toast, light smoke, roasted malts. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with moderate earthy bitterness, dry cocoa, toasty sugars, brown sugar, rich dark bread. Very tasty, nice bitterness offsets the dark sugars. Great balance overall. I loves the Smuttynose.
NikkTwist (2770) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Monks Cafe. Opaque pour with a foamy tan head that left some runny lace. Black caramel ash. Coffee grounds. Cigarettes. Brazil nuts. Unsweetened chocolate. Bourbon barrel tannins. Medium full palate. Feels oddly juicy towards the end after such dark dry opening notes.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s "Blind" imperial stout tasting. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of tobacco, dark fruit, vanilla, roast chocolate malt and coffee. Medium body.
Dogbrick (11607) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 01/03/2013. Deep dark brown color with a minimal tan head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee and fruit. Medium body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and berries. The finish is roasty with a short malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle $5.99, Andersons Columbus. Very dark brown, nearly opaque; fizzy tan head dissipates very quickly into a thin ring. Aroma sweet, vinous, prune-raisin, earthy, light bubble gum, light coffee and chocolate; nice. Flavor lightly coffee and roast with clear Belgian notes--banana, bubble gum, dark fruit; tad bit of vanilla and I suspect oak. Mouthfeel is viscous and oily, yet not quite thick; light carbonation is smooth and verges on silky. This is a pretty cool brew.