sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Dan Journal #488. 12oz bottle. Pours pitch and opaque with a spiraling khaki head. The initial olfactory is straight alcohol in the nostrils. Followed by dark chocolate, anise, Oreo cookies and faint chicory. Very full bodied with a rather overt alcohol note. Call it boozy, or hot, or whatever; they should have drained just a bit more Elijah Craig before adding the Stout! The barrel aging is noticeable and really adds a creaminess and rounds out the bitterness and astringency. Big and overt, but still a very nice sipper!
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black like ink with a nice brown head. Smells of booze, chocolate, vanilla, tabacco, leather and licorice. Taste chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Thick mouthfeel and the finish is vanilla and boozy.
deyholla (5397) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to my Michigan Crew! Pours an oily black with a dark brown head that dissiapted to the edges and lace slightly. Aroma is full of roasted malts with a good amount of bourbon and a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor starts with booze of bourbon but dissipates in to a slightly bitter dark chocolate finish. Nice and oily.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle-thanks dmac for sharing-pours a thin light brown head and black color. Aroma is sharp dark malt-anise, molasses, alcohol. Taste is sharp/rich dark malt-anise/molasses/chocolate, some earthy hops, alcohol.
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is the same with some alcohol warmth. Very nice.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark black, tan foam. Just a massive whiskey bomb, some chocolate and roast come through, but woody, oaky aroma. Taste is much the same, apparent alcohol, whiskey heat, roasty undertones.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with no head but there are a few bubbles. Big boozy smell with a burnt malt in there. Has a big boozy taste at first followed by boubon, vanilla, and burnt malt. Nice warming feeling all the down. This needs a lot of time in the bottle but there again it is 15%.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black. Very small to no off-white head.
S: Super boozy with a lot of roasted malt aroma. Somewhat solventy with an ashy aroma to it as well. More than anything, though, the nose is booze.
T: The flavor is overly harsh and boozy as well. I guess some booze is expected at such a high ABV, but this is just too much. Lots of roasted malt and charred flavor. Not really enjoyable. Maybe some tannic oak-type notes.
M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Couldnít even finish more than a few ounces of this.
dmac (3528) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz super expensive bottle from Capones, Iím not saying Capones jacked the price up I mean Voodoo is charging way way too much for this stuff. Poured a solid looking pitch black body with a very very tiny beige head that left some nice oily slicks on the side of my glass and zero lace. Aroma of ALCOHOL. After you get passed that rush of booze I was able to detect vanilla, bourbon, charcoal, smokeyness, chocolate pudding. Flavor is once again ridiculously dominated by alcohol, pudding, vanilla, bourbon, wood and peat. The body on this is just way way too HOT, medium bodied with very light carbonation. This is just way too expensive and way too green.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 I first had this beer at Aaronís suggesting at Mister Bones in Greensburg 2 years ago. I poo-pooed it and took one home to be nice. After opening it and sipping my first sip, couldnít get to the phone fast enough to try to secure more of it. alas it was all gone, into the ether to appear a few years later like Brigadoon. Mythical and wondrous in its nature.
Here it is 3 years later and - as vowed - I am sitting on a supply of the new batch. Itís a thunderstorm as I crack the first bottle. (Literally, the first lightning of the Spring)
Dark, inky, black - the best aspect of the appearance is the dark tan head. It doesnít even seem friendly in any way. This is the best named beer around. This truly is magical.
But taste is where Matt just kills all competition. Just when you were expecting yet another stout in a barrel - the complexity of this brew just surpasses all expectations.
Boozy aroma, dark, dark, DARK fruits and malt. the bourbon is actually SUBTLE. Vanilla and silk. Taste is all malt and brown sugar. Heady but not overly so. A dozen top shelf breweries could take a lesson.
Itís the best of ALL worlds. A barrel aged stout that is light enough to drink more than one of and to enjoy, not just to say you did it. And itís easy to eat with. I donít know how he does it. But he does it. It must be Magick.