tectactoe (1896) - Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Witch’s Hat: Black as hell just like the rest of the Night Fury pours, topped with a light tan foam, chunky around the edges. Aroma has a very nice, creamy sweetness... Edging towards lactose but not getting so sweet, still maintaining a nice vanilla cream aroma with a load of milk chocolate & roasted malt underneath. Very mild bourbon in the aroma. Taste includes more bourbon, still very smooth & warming... Nice mix of cookie dough sweetness, dark chocolate brownie batter, & milky vanilla on the tongue, leading to a finish with notes of toasted brown malt sugars, bourbon, & tannic oak. Dessert-like without being overly sweet, still maintaining a commanding barrel aged presence & robustness. This is a great stout, my favorite of the Night Fury variants.
SpongeRuiner (730) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Michigan Summer Beerfest. My first stop of the day and I held high hopes with my last Night Fury experience. And this one did not disappoint. Pours a dark dark black with a nice dark head. A nice aroma of a sweet vanilla cream and roasty bourbon. It’s not just chocolate and vanilla it even has an actual cookie feel and taste. Very roasty and extremely smooth. The sweetness is balanced very nicely by the warming finish. Really good stuff and a top tier brew for my beerfest day.
umich03jm (1976) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the 2014 MBG Summer Fest. Black pour. Strong bourbon aroma with lots of vanilla, cookies, and light roast. Taste has a strong bourbon presence that covers up the cookies and cream a little too much. Light roast and chocolate as well. This would probably be awesome if the bourbon was more subtle. Still pretty good as is and it’s very smooth for a BB stout.
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate and slight cookies and cream ice cream. Blind, I would have said vanilla, but power of suggestion definitely leads me to think cookies and cream. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and cookies and cream ice cream. There is a hint of dark fruit in he middle. The finish has some light roasted nuts and a hint of alcohol. It’s full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. On tap at Witch’s Hat on March 17. The pour is, surprise, jet black with not much head to be found, and no lacing. The aroma is big on bourbon up front, but then moves through a good creamy chocolate note that does smell a bit like the namesake. It transitions to a little more of a bourbony and boozy bitter finish. There is a strong vanilla creamy note on the front of the taste and a little of a bourbon burn. It moves through a good creamy, chocolatey complexity that is rather enjoyable. I think the booziness on this is just a little over done and dominating on the back end and through the aftertaste. The mouth feel is mice and creamy, and a good carbonation that helps it coat a little, but the booziness is a touch much.