ChainGangGuy (4122) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Served up a raven black body under a thin sheet of light tan-colored suds.
Smell: Soothing aroma smelling of creamy bittersweet chocolate fudge, chilled coffee, vanilla, coconut cream, and zesty wood. It’s just a joy to cram up against one’s nose and give it a whiff.
Taste: Deep, dark maltiness tasting of bittersweet chocolate fused with a small shot of espresso and a little helping of vanilla bean. The vanilla flavor moves to the front, joining with toasted oak and dark brown sugar. Hint of dark fruitiness and coconut shavings. Lightly earthy, roasty bitterness which ramps up on the back half, though the chocolate and bourbon hold on strong until the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Quite nice! The bourbon barrel aging here made, for me, a marked improvement over the original beer, smoothing out its coarser elements and adding a new level of deliciousness.
zdk (1758) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: dark pour with brown head. vineous molasses, dark and crabonic tartness and booze with a sharp roasty bittter. Some vegetal notes. Tasty in small doses, but falls off.
mcberko (4055) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel malts, dark fruits and bourbon. Flavour of dark fruits, molasses, wood, nuts and bourbon. Wonderful.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours near black with a thin mocha head and a bit of streaky lacing. Nose is dominated by strong bourbon win a hefty amount of chocolate to go with it. A bit of espresso and roasted malt to go win it. Taste is a bit more balanced but the bourbon is still center stage. Hints of fudge and coffee in the background. Feel is surprisingly non-boozy but is too thin for the strong flavors. Drinkability is quite high, especially considering that I was not a big fan of the regular 12th Anniversary.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2010
italarican (1046) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the RnH Stone Takeover. Syrupy chocolate pour with a light brown head. This is a beauty to smell; wonderful permeation of chocolate, toffee, and coconut. Great flavor that almost stands up to the awesome aroma: notes of coconut, coffee grounds, and toffee. Soft, silky, and slightly syrupy with a great finish coconut and roasted malt that lingers. Wonderful.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Small Bar Fullerton. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, wood. Sweet vanilla flavor, boozy, this was really harsh compared to some of their other beers I had on the nice. The bourbon overpowered.
drewbeerme (3645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at small bar fullerton, pours black with tan head. nose charred barrel chocolate smoke and ash. flavors have an ashy barrel charred character with sweet vanilla and big boozy finish making this sorta a mess with a nice aroma.
blipp (4784) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Bourbony and roasty aroma with some light sweetness. The flavor has a light bourbon sweetness, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some medium bitterness. Really good.
adrian910ss (2246) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at R & H. Pours a pitch black with a small light brown head. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate and malt. Taste is much the same as the aroma, dominated by bourbon.
Slipstream (1775) - USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle’n’Hum Stone event. Brown sugar, esters, molasses, and lots of bourbon. Very nice.