kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: February 06, 2009
Source: Footset Foreplay Friday
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, nice roasted, bourbon? sweetness
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, lots of balancing roasted malt, milky sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Scored 12 ounces of this via trade. Came in what looked to be a hand bottle with a tiny, plain white label with only the name on it. Pours an oily, thick, viscous opaque black with a thin, slightly creamy brown head. The smell of bourbon whiskey really cracks you over the head the moment the bottle opens. Whoa. The nose is so boozy, with some burnt toast, dark fruit, dark chocolate, etc. Flavor is all alcohol and whiskey, slight sour mash flavor, dark chocolate, dark cherries, thick malts, molasses. Oily, thick and hot on the tongue. May have over done it a touch on the barrel aging. Certainly worth a try.
Oakes (15358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oily and very dark brown. No head. The aroma is alcohol, burnt plums, prunes. Like a boozy, way oversimplified Expedition. Thick, viscous with a rich marmitey, pruney character. It’s burly and has some unique qualities but overall there isn’t that much to recommend.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Daknole. Viscous black. Nice looking brew that leaves legs. Soy, marmite, aged balsamic smells. Almost like a tame version of S.A. Tripel Bock in the aromas! Strange salty beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6544) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small very dark brown head. The aroma was a lovely mix of chocolate and port wine. The flavor was tart, fruity and malty with notes of chocolate, port wine, candied ginger and pepper. Drier than I was expecting. The finish was long with port wine lingering. The mouthfeel was thick and full.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to MrChopin. Pours a dark black with nice tan head. I liked this one. It was a bit different with some tart sourness to balance the roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, no label. Dark brown with foamy tan edging. Nose is tar, molasses, dark chocolate, mint and oak. Body just medium with a tang. Taste is dark roast, licorice, bourbon and vanilla. A potent brew but not over the top. Lingering finish with coffee bean, some cantaloupe and alcohol as it warms.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle at Zeno’s. Pours oily black with very thin tan head. The initial aroma is almost exactly like port--sweet brown sugar, plum, cherry--but after a few more whiffs I get those roasty stout notes. The flavor is also very port-like, but is significantly more bitter than the nose would lead me to expect. Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, fruit skins, and a roasty sourness come out, as well as some vanilla and oak qualities. Alcohol warmth is evident, but it really isn’t overly boozy, especially for 15.5%. As my glass gets closer to room temperature, the port notes start to fade and the bourbon becomes more assertive, with some nice smoky char character. Very intense beer, but as far as over-the-top imperial stouts go, this one is rather well put together.
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unlabeled bottle from hopdog. Black pour with a very small tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Flavor is full and really damn good. Chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, wood, raisins. MMMMM.
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to Johnykat. Pours black and thick as used motor oil. Thin brown head. Nose is of licorice and alcohol. Taste is very prominently licorice with some syrup, oak and roast malt. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with alcohol noticeable. didn’t care for this. Maybe a good five years of aging might have helped.