Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured rich, deep brown with a dense cap of chestnut head. The aroma picked up dark, cake-like chocolates first and foremost, accented by sweeter chocolates and vanilla.. faint bourbon gave a little bite on the edges. The flavor found semi-sweet chocolates throughout.. vanilla, milk chocolate, and cocoa were complementary, but put it on the verge of being too sweet.. tart bourbon and oak were minor players, but worked exceedingly well on all facets of the drink.. warm cake-like finish picked up the feel (but not the heat or much of the flavor) of bourbon. Medium-bodied and sweet on the palate.. well-balanced.. I could drink a lot of these, but consider that with the rich sweetness, you probably donít want >1 of these in an evening.
bobvenekamp (12) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 12oz bottle. Pours black with a medium tan head. Great aromas of chocolate and vanilla, and can pick up a slight amount of the bourbon in it. Can definitely relate to the KBS comparisons with this, but not quite the mouthfeel or complexity. Regardless, still a well done stout with some nice flavors happening from the nibs/vanilla beans.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of thetomg. Smells like poop but taste good. Chocolate, coco puffs, vanilla, sweet roasted malts, and mild oak flavors...
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/27/10. 12oz bottle with huuuuge thanks to cbfobes! Opaque black with very little brown head that is gone instantly. A crazy aroma with sour chocolate, coffee, and a definite bourbon burn. Big dark chocolate dominant flavor with a dry oaky kick with coffee, sweet vanilla, and definite bourbon. Nice!
spilledpint (337) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes from 11/26/2010
12 oz. bottle from Steveís Madison, $2.59
Ar: Big cocoa, light roasted coffee. Light wood, and a touch of alcohol.
Ap: Jet-black, small cinnamon head leaves good lace on my snifter.
F: Chocolate malt sweetness, light vanilla. Little alcohol burn on finish, medium hops. A touch of wood.
P: Thick, chewy body. Soft carbonation. Perfect as far as Iím concerned.
O: Great offering from Tyranena.
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, pours deep brownish black with off white head. Aroma is a bit weak, but has notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with a touch of bourbon. Taste is super creamy, with big notes of sweet chocolate and vanilla, leading into some roast and coffee, finishing fairly sweet, touch bitter.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coffee black with an almost non existent medium tan head. Smells like campfire (woody, earthy, and slightly charred) and coffee. Aromas are mostly present in the taste with a hint of malt and chocolate, while the vanilla mellows things out at the end. Light carbonation and a medium to thin body, with a lingering roastiness. Very solid porter. Thanks bro!
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Served from a 12 oz bottle from a trade with awiseman01. The appearance is a deep brown black without much head. The aromas are full of vanilla and chocolate, some oak, and what I want to call dry dog food but is probably some roasted oatmeal or something, bourbon. The flavors are wonderful vanilla laced bourbon, milk chocolate. The bourbon dissipates a bit but it is still nice. The mouth is medium to slightly full. Nice brew with a very dessert vanilla/chocolate combination.
Resampled with about a year on it. There is a wonderful roasted coffee that makes for a tasty mocha with the vanilla bean, vanilla from a rounded out bourbon, and chocolate flavors. Delicious. One bottle to go :(
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle purchased at armanettiís. iím also pretty sure that this was originally tapped at GTMW 2010 and dubbed ídouble stoutí... pours a dark cola brown pour with reddish tainted edges topped off with a thin light tan head that retreated to a thin film.... aroma of roasted malt with an equal degree of bourbon, and dusty chocolate ... flavors follow suit quite consistently with roast, cocoa, ash, bourbon notes, as well as wood. ends on a dark fruit bent. a fair bit thin in nature and carbonation was prickly and lively to start off with. the flavor profile wasnít that bad, albeit somewhat muddled... a fair offering from our northern neighbors and glad this stuff is now available here in chicago.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a shinny near black cola with a small fizzy thin mocha head. Aroma is pretty nice, very Tyranena, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, really nice oak. Flavor starts with a coffee-like kick, rich, then a big mix of vanilla beans and bourbon, chocolate finishing with a pleasant woody oak flavor, bit rough though, lingering rich mix of all of the above, I could almost do without one of any of them. Medium bodied, soft watery, spreadout fizzy carbonation.