ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 vintage bottle, sampled 3/15/14
Dark brown, mahogany pour with magenta highlights on the edges and tons of beige head that is thick and well-retained.
Prunes, light cigar and plentiful, sweet milk chocolate notes crowd around in this rich, nicely aromatic aroma. Dries out on the end, predictably, due to the alcohol, but dosent get sharp or solvent-like. A touch of wood dryness as well, and maybe a little bit of buttercream from said barrel, but nothing crazy, which is nice. Hoppiness is quite low, perhaps a touch of acidity but hops seems to be mainly for bittering, here.
Sweet, rich, rather roasty flavor has tons of natural carbonation lending a delightfully creamy, tight texture to the beer. Full bodied due to all the sugars but they are certainly dextrinous and not worty or underattenuated-like. Furthermore there’s a good dose of raisin/prune vinousness and some buttery oak to help balance. Has a decidedly vintage feel to it, perhaps from the lack of hoppiness and the fair amount of ashiness that emerges, along with the smooth, slick, creamy palate. Really nice. Certainly on the sweeter side, maybe a bit too much so, but enjoyable nonetheless.
mcox90 (1538) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Phatdog1 @ RBNEG. Pours black as a moonless night in the country with a thin beige ring. Aroma is full of dark malt, bakers chocolate and molasses. Flavor contains the aforementioned flavors as well a hint of vanilla bean. Wants to be sweet, but gets dragged to the dark side by the roasted malt and molasses. Thick heavy bodied with a sticky palate. This was terrific and I bet it would age incredibly well.
AirForceHops (3118) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared at the RBNG by Phatdog1. 2013 vintage. Pitch black color. Aroma is lots of roasted malts, ash, and burnt molasses.
Taste of big charred, toast, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate and roasted earthiness. Hints of coffee bitterness on the finish, lingering deep roast notes. Sweet without being cloying. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a chalky / ashy texture I enjoy. The ABV shows up a touch but it is a very green bottle. Real nice.
asheft (2500) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet roasted barley bubblegum aroma with red fruit and faint chocolate notes. Opaque black under a thin, lacy, tan sheet. Sweet roasted barley mocha and vanilla flavour with a moderate, dark chocolate, balanced toward sweet. Medium body, medium to moderate carbonation, bitter chocolate lingers.
radarsock (897) - Vermont, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Phatdog1 supplied. Many thanks! To undersized snifter, it pours a blond-tinted dark brown with which a bubbly off-white head stood. Experienced molasses, American hops, blackberry purée,charcoal. semi-sweet chocolate, and soot. Warming and intense.
AdamJackson (2542) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours pitch black. Oily very minimal head.
S - Huge Oak presence, loads of vanilla some toffee
T - Very ashy, insanely burnt and crisp with lots of toffee and caramel
M - Very oily. sweet finish. Incredibly rich and smooth
O - I could drink this often.
RobertDale (3411) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle shared. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and wood. Very good.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz. bottle and pours a nice dark color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is nice with a heavy roasted malt note. I also get some nice coffee and chocolate. Flavor is a nice bitterness with a heavy roasted malt. A heavy coffee flavor with very minimal chocolate. Mouthfeel is fizzy and carbonation is average. overall this is a solid beer.
josephwilson86 (1) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this RIS. Not completely over the top, something I could drink a lot of because it’s almost ’balanced’ for a RIS. All the typical RIS flavors etc... but also a little bit of hops, maybe fuggel or smething else English.
EdInSaltLake (628) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Sweet, coffee roast, licorice, molasses. Subtle Dark fruit.
Flavor: Sweet/brown sugar/burnt sugar. Licorice. A little roast, and a little raisin. Subtle allspice-like spicy flavor. Sweeter finish. Bitter aftertaste.
Warming alcohol. Substantial mouthfeel--but not really heavy for the style.