dmac (4208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to wildman Dean, thanks piney!! Poured a dark black body with a super dark slightly foamy beige head. Aroma of charcoal, chocoalte, vanilla, hint of roasted coconutt. The body was smooth with subtle touches of flavors throughout and light carbonation, excellent. Falvors of tobacco, tar, dark chocoalte, vanilla, and toasted coconutt. Nice but I think this could of used some more time in the barrel to really bring out the flavors and aromas.
italianjohn (2372) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour tan sticky head ... aroma of cocoa and roasted malts light oak and bourbon ... taste of oak, bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and sweet malts .... very silky mouthfeel with oak and bourbon lingering into some bitter hop in the finish ...... abv is hidden well can’t wait to open the second one thats aging
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Shared out at RBWG 2011. Pours black, thin tan head, spotty to good lacing. Nose is ash, tar, tobacco. As it warms it throws little bits of oak or vanilla, but this smells very closed and unforgiving. Flavours of pencil shavings, ash, tar, smoke. Very austere. Not really my thing....
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at RBWG11: Dark brown color with an off-white head. Smells like whiskey, coffee, chocolate, slight soy sauce. Taste is very whiskey like and dirty, a bit smoky/ashy but not overpowering, classic coffee and chocolate with a little nutty character. Finish is dry and bitter and a bit thin. The whiskey profile gives it a nice warming finish.
daknole (9439) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, brown head. Charred, roasty, ashy aroma with very light barrel and chocolate notes. Flavor is bitter, ashy, roasty, char, not much barrel. Regular Storm King is lots and lots better.
Sledutah (5101) - Utah, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during a RBWG stop at the Az Wine Co for some great food and beers
Appearance: Black with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted dark malts and fruit
Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate and woody
douglas88 (6324) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that really got me wasted, RBWG (OK one of many, still this was a beast). Pours a pure oil can dark color with a medium brown head. A large bourbon nose, ashy, hot notes, roast, some hops. The flavor was very hot and certainly BA, but not overly so, I actually thought the bourbon wasn’t massive, sweet ashy chocolates and roast, tasty. Like Storm King, some bitterness in the finish. I need more of this to try it somewhat sober.
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out black with a small white head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, cocoa, roast and light vanilla. Taste is lots of nice bourbon, light roast, vanilla, oak, with some chocolate in there also. Must have used some good bourbon in this one because it never took over. Smooth drinking brew, but finishes a bit rough.
thornecb (4534) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Dark roasted espresso and bourbon aromas. Dark oaked espresso, chocolate and bourbon from front to back until a lasting charred bourbon burn.
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black hue. With a correct pour the huge head is tan and leaves plenty of lacing. The head does fade after a couple minutes and leaves a little foam on the edge of the glass.
Chocolate, a small bit of pepper/spice from the wood. But it is so small you would hardly think there was wood even under this beer. Vanilla.
This is the shining moment in this beer’s short lived life in my glass. It is pretty good. Peppery bite, sweet malt, a bit of a creamy flavor and feel. Much like a milk stout aged on wood, but with a nice kick.
Nice creamy texture. There is a bit of a sour bitterness left over after every swallow that doesn’t really seem to belong. But that doesn’t detract that much from the overall experience. Nice low level of carbonation leaves the big body of this beer to shine through.
Not bad. The bittery aftertaste would put me off drinking much of this in a session. As would the high ABV. But I did enjoy this beer and will be looking out for it in the future.