Bulk_Carrier (3021) - Mt Reclusion, Vermont, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This looks to be my last Smuttynose until I ever get the chance to get back to this wonderful brewery.
Reviewed from notes, this one was poured into a tulip and a snifter there weren’t any significant changes between the two.
The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a decent one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. The lacing left in the wake was sticky and somewhat thick.
The smell had Belgian spices up front with a decent fruitiness running underneath. It seemed to have leaned towards a light plum and raisins with some light apricots even thrown in there. After a bit of warming, a sweet booziness starts to appear (bourbon - I guess) along with some light chocolate, caramel and vanilla.
The taste took all of those flavors and combined them to add a decent woodiness about it.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed right on for a big Belgian stout.
Overall, this was a pretty good Belgian stout to me. In fact, I once had it with an Easter dinner and that was an absolutely awesome meal.
cernjoh (180) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 2012 bottle into a snifter. Aroma is light chocolate and bourbon notes. Appearance is a dark brown almost like old engine oil with a small light tan head. Taste is dark chocolate some vanilla and bourbon. Palate is good with a nice level of carbonation. Overall a good brew.
nearbeer (4392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. 2012 vintage. Opaque with a lasting film of cream. Aroma of chocolate, plum, red wine and fig. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, a touch of blackberry and red wine. Finish has some oak and metal. Heavy body has a nice balance and medium carbonation.
jjgmd (1824) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black pour with a rapidly dissipating java head. Nose is chocolate and malt with a touch of alcohol. Taste is bitter sweet chocolate, malt, fruity with some tastable alcohol. Finish is dry, bitter sweet and moderately long. Quaff Score 8 / 10
zgaier (1754) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head and sweet, chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet and burnt, of chocolate, fruit notes, caramel, wood, and roastiness leading to a slight warming, long finish.
crajun (1103) - , Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from trade with the great phatdog1. DAMN, I love this brewery!!!
2012 bottle. aroma was heavy on cocoa and chocolate with slight roast - niiice. Taste was a solid stout - I didn’t get much if any bourbon or barrel but the roasted malts, cocoa mad this very nice!!
Emeister84 (1721) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee and soft bitter chocolate on the nose. Jet black with a quickly fading head, but a lasting ring of light tan. Dry, savory, slightly metallic, some subtle dried cherry, burnt raisin, a little vanilla. Medium-full bodied, decently carbonated, some lingering roasty flavors.
HeadyDE (637) - Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber pour..2012..light black color..1 finger tan/off white head..aroma is chocolatey..roasty..mouthfeel is pleasing with vanilla from the bourbon..getting hints of figs..overall fairly smooth consistency..a pretty enjoyable offering but palate is a tad thin..decent stuff..
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (thanks to goodbyeohio)... Poured near black with a light tan head. Good roast and malted grains with a nice charred and brûlée-like toasted sweetness. Yeast lightened it up a bit towards the finish. Mild hind of barrel and whiskey. None the less, still great tasting beer.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black/brown with a light tan head that faded to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is heavy of bourbon/vanilla, roasted malts and dark fruit... some coffee too. Smooth on the tongue nice vanilla and chocolate flavor on the finish... very good!