Jcarb28 (97) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - SEP 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark black from the bottle. Strong oak alcohol aromas. Taste is complex with a mix of nutty bitterness and a bit sour. Strong alcohol taste on the palate and after. Not my favorite. This makes me want a Ballast Point Victory at Sea!
Aggiebob (710) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black with a thin tan head. Light aroma. Chocolate and bourbon flavors with some nuttiness. Very intense alcohol.
JohnGalt1 (1515) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours standard black with a very thin dark brown head... absolutely no lacing or cap.
Boozy mash-up of bourbon, light roast malts for a RIS, interesting nutty and dry toffee component.. toasted marshmallow.. bittersweet chocolate with warmth and something that I associate with cinnamon.
There are soooo many different flavors/adjuncts that are in this fresh.. It actually works even given the heavy ABV... Will it work better with age? I have no idea... but I am amazed how well it drinks fresh.
Dandm (27) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, oily smooth. Chocolate, pecan. The first alcohol hit is monumental but otherwise goes down smooth. Long dark chocolate and coffee finish.
PugUglyBrewer (36) - - AUG 17, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
midnight black color and 13% ABV impressed upon me that this was going to be a monster of a stout but it took me by pleasant surprise with a velvety texture that is medium bodied instead of chewy. The foam disappeared quickly, which seemed a bit contrary to style but nonetheless an incredible balance of flavors of nuttiness, chocolate, coffee, caramel and a bit woody that hide the 13% very well.
bulldogops (1986) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 16, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #1873 - 2015.07.29 - Bottle.Aroma is pecan pie, vanilla, cocoa, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate sauce, coffee, and earth. Fantastic.
vandc01 (334) - North Branch, USA - AUG 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle date on 7/5/2016
Pitch black pour - amazing smell. Bourbon vanilla chocolate.
Would definitely have again.
gephross100 (201) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, coffee, smoke, clove. pours pitch black with a dark tan head. Medium thick mouthfeel long dark chocolate finish.
lownote (512) - Austin, Alabama, USA - AUG 13, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
A raspberry like aroma. Maybe its a wine barrel. I get maybe a wiff of wood. Body is dark and tan. Body is thick. Flavor is very sweet and alcohol flavored. Too strong, not roasty enough. Not good.
thorongil2 (2249) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) clear, bright, very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of smoked fruit, chocolate; creamy palate; intense, rich balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter finish
kingaugusta (224) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and black with a fine but lingering mocha head. Nose is complex and blends coffee, plum, oak, chocolate and vanilla into a nice boozy mix. Flavor leans to the sweeter side but has enormous complexity and plenty of warmth. Almost like drinking a brandy. Great stuff.