Pailhead (5097) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of TimBottle: The aroma consists of a chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, alcohol, and faint hazelnut. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a minimal beige head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and light hazelnuts. The finish has vanilla, light bourbon, alcohol, and some faint roasted nuts. Itís medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, very tasty, but small doses is key. Nip bottles would be more appropriate.
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I brought this one to our monthly tasting last night, 2013 bottle.
A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving very small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of intense sugary sweetness, fresh roasted hazelnuts, bakers chocolate, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, charred wood and plenty of warming bourbon. All of the aromas I expected are present and it smells just as sweet as I thought it would.
T - Starts off with the intense sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and molasses - quickly being joined by the hazelnuts, charred wood and warming bourbon burn. Finish is really sweet with some mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Huge, sweet feel from start to finish makes it hard to consume more than a few ounces in a sitting.
O - A really nice rift on regular Black Tuesday. We drank this one right after a Chocolate Rain and I think I actually prefer that one to this, but only by a small margin. Looking forward to seeing how this one ages over the next few years.
AdamJackson (2889) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very weird hazy black but with brown side tones. seems incomplete like lots of sediment. Nose is nice. Just a crap load of hazelnut like way more than Iíve ever picked up in a beer. Chocolate all there. like a candy coffee taste. The ABV is very well hidden..ooh the finish has a lot of burn though. wow. the nuttiness is like sweet pecans or walnuts..obviously hazelnut but itís a very nutty beer. Lots of vanilla. dark fruits. creamy lactose
AirForceHops (3531) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle form Reserve Society. Nose is lots of hazelnuts, walnuts and barrel loads of bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, hazel nuts, huge bourbon notes that have only a slight alcohol burn after the sip. No harshness in flavor or over sweetness. Medium in body leaning on the full side. Carbonation gives a velvet smoothness to the stout. I cant believe that this is over 19 %? 19%, really? Damn, I cant find ABV in this brew. Crazy. The alcohol only make itself known well after the sip and only after I get through 9 oz. of this brew. Really nice warming sensation and a damn nice sipping Bourbon stout. Unreal.
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with no head. Nose is, chocolate, sweet, syrup, alcohol, roasted malts, fantastic. Great palate, sweet malts, Hazelnut, sugar, chocolate, and a great finish.
merc7186 (2258) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Sweet Bourbon, Sweet Hazelnuts
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Thin Brown Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
Taste: Sweet Bourbon, Hazelnuts
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet....way over hyped
JStax (3248) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml 2013 bottle shared. Pours a dark brown with a thin khaki head. Big hazelnut and roast. Caramel and marmalade. Very sweet. Big sugary sweetness. Huge beer with a thick body and mouthfeel.
madvike (2917) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle - Pours deep brown with no head. Nose is boozy, sweet, and sharp. Real sweet vanilla and brown sugar is about all I can get. Taste is real sharp and roasty with vanilla and bourbon. You can really taste the 19.2%. Slick, thick, and no carbonation. I could barely finish my small sample of this. What a terrible beer.
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose of hazelnuts, bourbon and chocolate and alcohol. Pour is thinner than expected. Head is gone instantly, but leaves a thin ring all the way down the glass. Taste is sweet with slight notes of hazelnut chocolate brownie and a small amount of bourbon. Lingers forever on the palate with roundness from the high abv, whisk is the best part of this beer.
Madirish76 (41) - Whittier, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at BT event. One of my favorites. Had no head but was a dk chocolate color. Aroma was nutty and slight caramel and oaky notes. Taste was nutty and chocolate with a slight burn in the finish. Med body...not too syrupy, but you will feel it later. All in all I am excited for this years offering!