tightslice (212) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mollie Stone’s in San Mateo, CA. Pours a thick, black sludge with a tiny chocolate head. Aroma is bourbon, smoked oak, vanilla, licorice. Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, oily. Taste is SWEET, some smoke, chewy licorice, burnt caramel, some burn. Drank this with a cigar which is highly recommended... otherwise this would have been far too sweet.
marcus (6588) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a modest tan head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a rich dark molasses flavor with lots of bourbon-induced vanilla. The bourbon tones the smoke down a bit.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where and how: bottle 750 ml 2014 edition
Aromaheavy feel of bourbon, west coast hops, molasses and alcohol. Alcohol dryness evident which is hard to hide at 14%.
Top: espresso like tanned top, rings on glass.
Base: dark brown.
Palate : medium plus bodied.
Taste: cola, molasses with balancing heat. Sweet backing. Mild smoky vibe. Rounded and depth of rye. Finish accented by vanilla.
other notes hefty yet solid sipper.
IvoR (70) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma is of chocolate with smoke, caramel, and a strong hint of alcohol. Flavor is similar: hot chocolate meets alcohol. The only downside for me is that it’s very packed with alcohol (14% abv) which makes it less drinkable. Otherwise, very very good.
conway (1495) - - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a 1 finger mocha head. Aroma is bakers chocolate, soy sauce and bourbon barrel. Taste follows and adds light smoke, charred malt, fudge and marshmallow. Rich sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden. Great.
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beercraft. It pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aorma is nice with a good balance of smoke and caramel with some vanilla and Copenhagen chaw. The flavor is tobacco, bourbon and smoke. Very syrupy and alcoholic. The level of smoke intensity is nice, but the strong alcohol distracts the palate. Pretty good otherwise.
tectactoe (2028) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black & oily with almost no head; thin, tan colored ring only. Aroma with a nice, smoked bacon vibe, hickory smoked meats, mild peat, charred wood, spicy oak, a smooth bourbon layer, a touch of campfire sweetness, & a faint bit of soy on the back-end. Heavy porter notes in the flavor. Lots of rye-like dryness, roasted & burnt malt, bittersweet cocoa nibs, moderate bourbon warmth, campfire smoked wood, ashy char, & a combo of mildly sweet liquid smoke & molten brown sugar towards the finish. Lingers with a big booziness, roast, & smoke.
merc7186 (2149) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smoke, Sweet and Boozy
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Dark Smokey Chocolate Malts, Semi Boozy
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Semi Boozy
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6oz draft pour. Dark, perhaps black color with a dark tan head. Aroma was smoke notes, roasted, perhaps burnt malts, some oak notes. Smoky meat character. Booze is noticeable. Flavor is similar, with notes of smoke, oak notes, burnt malts. Interesting.
Maverick34 (2312) - New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle dark pour with brown edges, small tan head. Smell of vanilla and casky bourbon. Taste is vanilla caramel and a bit of chocolate. Noticeable alcohol burn. Good but high powered