woodychevy (874) - - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: APR 7, 2011 Really good. Solid dark beer. Not too bourbon-y. Tried it on tap in a’ville at Thirsty Monk. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2011
on tap at The Birch in norfolk. pours a silky, jet black with a thick, khaki head leaving light rings of lace. aroma is damn nice with raw, belgian cocoa, banana esters, vanilla, and wood with light notes of coffee, yeast, and sweetened nuts. flavor is great with big notes of dark, bitter chocolate, wood, vanilla, and oak backed by banana pudding, creme pie filling, and light roasted coffee. palate is medium bodied and creamy almost like this was on nitro (it wasn’t) with light carbonation and a dry, bittersweet finish. overall, a damn nice barrel aged stout. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Sampled at Brewvival 2011 - the first of the day! Clear brown pour with tan head. Sweet caramel, roasty chcocolate notes. Was rather smooth despite the abv. Good, not great. And at Brewvival 2012. vanilla and bourbon seem more evident this time. Not overpowering on the bourbon which is nice. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
On tap at Julian’s - Providence, RI. Finishing off my four sampler of Allagash’s return to Rhode Island, I’m reminded that, oh right, I don’t like Allagash beers. I never buy their bottles because I always find the beers undewhelming and overpriced. Able to sample a number at a reasonable price, it seems like a better deal, but still leaves me flat. This bourbon black is a sloppy mess. The underlying stout is weak, compromised, and more like a brown ale. Somehow, the bourbon gets lost and doesn’t integrate well. Mediocre. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
A nice sweeter, fruitier Belgian stout that’s aged in barrels for apparently just the right amount of time; the bourbon is definitely present but not overpowering to the fairly complex malt flavors. I don’t love these kinds of stouts but it’s pretty darn good.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2011
NOB. Black pour with a nose of Vanilla and bourbon. Mild wood taste with a chocolate roast taste. Finishishes with a dry earthy bourbon splash.
Great! AirForceHops (7233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours pitch black with a hick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and faint vanilla. Flavor was chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted malts and some notes of coffee. If you drink a few of these, your gunna feel it, you have it remind yourself it’s 9.5 ABV. *note to self* The flavor is so nice and smooth, you can get drunk fast. Take it easy... yespr (45446) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
From tap at Sunset Grill. Pours dark brown to almost black with a small, tan and creamy head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and smooth bourbon. Bitter, dark roasted and fruity bourbon flavoured. Lingering dark roasted malty and slight bourbon flavoured. Slight bitter and dry roasted malt finish. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Pours black, of course. A bit of of a tan head and some lacing. Nose brings roasted malt, wood, vanilla, some barrel characteristics, and hints of dark drugs. Taste adds in some molasses with all he flavors melding well. Feel is nice and slightly boozy. Drinks quite well; one of the better Allagash beers ai have had.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-07-2010 JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
Deep black pour. The aroma is quite herbal with a lot of vanilla/caramel bourbon aroma. Intensely bourbony behind some sweet black licorice, rich sweet malt and more bourbony character as well. All of the yeast contribution to this brew seems to have been beaten out of it. Rich cocoa and bourbon. I like it actually - but it’s definitely unsubtle.