WLG423 (199) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of coffee and dark fruit with some notes of alcohol. Rich flavors of coffee, raisins, and grass with a notably bitter finish.
Ironicmedic (20) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle, pours black with cocoa and whiskey aroma. Oak taste with chocolate.
closey22 (320) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with rimming tan head; aroma of malty hoppy licorice; Flava is sweet notes of molasses and chocolate; feels thick and silky with some slight fizz; finishes long and strong semi dry grassy malty hint of coffee
bucs572000 (115) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, and a nice whiskey scent. Flavors are cocoa, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and whiskey. The whiskey is nice and faint, I get a nice tart after taste. One of the better beers Iíve had from this brewery.
tdmuel (109) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2012. Pour is nearly pitch black with a little light getting through on the edge, and a mocha head. Lots of vanilla and coffee on the nose, some oak, milk chocolate, lots of toasted malt, and some bourbon. Taste is a lot weaker than I was expecting, milk chocolate, some coffee, vanilla and caramel notes, a bit of oak and toasted malt. Smelled great, but the taste was a letdown. Almost a watery mouthfeel with not much of a finish. Iíll have to try a fresh bottle to compare.
jmalecki05 (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderate aggressive pour. Beautiful chocolate milk froth - two fingers. Dark liquid. Aroma of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Very light alcohol presense. Aroma becomes sweeter on the finish of the nose. Also notes of burnt raw sugar and brown sugar. Not what I was expecting on the palate, wanted more of a body for a stout. A little sweat upon the first sip and followed up with notes of whiskey/scotch barrels. Tast is of a traditional stout with zero hop bitterness, almost of a porter. At 8%, this beer is pleasantly sessionable with no alcohol burn. Not a complex beer, but overall enjoyable. Wouldja - Yes.
UDBeernut (904) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours jet black with a small tan head. Nose of bourbon. Taste starts with chocolate and roast. Quickly invaded by bourbon. The onslaught continues in the finish.
Fritz123 (286) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle at Sybarite Pig. Jet black pour with dark mocha head. Heavy malt aroma with toasted nuts, dark chocolate and prunes. Taste is more mild than anticipated. Rich roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, and booze. Well balanced. Smooth finish. Very good.
ThisWangsChung (494) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black color. The head is a one finger tan shade that retains surprisingly well for a barrel-aged RIS (though perhaps not given its ABV). A good ring of lacing is left on the glass.
S: Thereís a bourbon character here - and itís a wholly decent one at that. Notes of vanilla, charred oak, and coconut complement the chocolaty, roasty base.
T: Wow, Iím surprised how heavily the barrel character comes through. The opening chocolate sweetness is quickly supplanted by vanilla and coconut in the middle. It finishes with strong charred oak and a returning hint of powdered chocolate. This one lacks complexity - great chocolate character, though.
M: Tannic with a capital T. The lighter body and dry finish means this comes out more strongly than, say, BCBS. However, thereís still a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. If I have a (big) problem, itís that the texture seems almost inadequately thin and angular on the palate given the sweetness level. The good drinkability canít compensate, either.
O: This is a poor manís BCBS in every sense of the word. Itís not as decadent, not as big, not as flavorful, not as hard to find, and not as expensive. The mouthfeel is underwhelming, but I can really see this as a great introduction to barrel-aged imperial stouts. Hell, Iíd gladly pick it up again myself.
madvike (2128) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in GTMW line - Pours deep brown with a thin tan head. Nose has prominent whiskey, lightly sharp with mellow, medium roast malt. Taste is the same--dry malt and a mellow, sweet whiskey heat. Warm the mouth, though itís surprisingly thin and watery. Not bad.
Lmndrsn (25) - Philadlephia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, smells like BOURBON, coffee and chocolate. Tastes like chocolate and coffee. Little bit of malt, boozy mouthfeel. Delicious.