brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Just about black in color with a khaki head. Roasted malt aroma, dark fruits, lots of licorice, and coffee. Mild sweetness of burnt sugar, molasses, and some earthy hops. The flavor is nice and sweet. Lots of burnt sugar, licorice, and dark fruits. Some nice roast, coffee, and dark chocolate. A little bit oxidized. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/01/2005beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Mode: Draft, Nitro
dark ruby, big brown head, light roasted aroma with a hint of fruit, creamy body, big roasted malt flavor, nice fruity character, aged for two years
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Draft from BP, early Dec 05 tasting. Nitro. Opaque black with creamy beige head. Medium roasty malt aroma, with notes of dark fruits and chocolate and coffee. Similar flavors - moderate amounts of roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, and more dark fruits with distinctive plum notes. Creamy mouthfeel. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Draft @ Ballast Pt.: 2003 Vintage & Nitro Pour Black with a large tan cascading head. Arma of roasted malt and sweet light coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Light warming sensation. Creamy. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
OPaque black with a large rocky dark tan head. Served on nitrogen with CO2. Roast malt and vanilla in the aroma. Milk chocolate, vanilla and hints of coffee bean. Slight roastiness in the finish. Body is medium heavy and very smooth.
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2005
2003 vintage on tap at O’Briens: Pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a dense, frothy, dark tan nitro head. Aroma is milk chocolatey with a hint of tartness and cream. Starts nicely subtly sweet with good mild dark caramel and light fruitiness. There are hints of tartness in the body, but not too strong, heading toward a dark chocolatey finish. An interesting imperial stout, but could be thicker. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 27, 2005
Draft. 2003 Keg. Nitro. Black beer with a big beige nitro head. Chocolate aroma with a little roastiness. Big chocolate flavor with soe underlying roastiness and licorice. Some alcohol warming at the end. Very smooth - velvety mouthfeel. Great chocolate flavor - this is what Young’s Double Chocolate should be DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draft at brewery. Rubbery, plastic cocoa nice with mid licorice tones. Moderatly opaque dark brown/mahogany with a light tan head. Big roasty chocolateness to start. Very roasty and warming. Alcohol not overly detectable, though. Good work. Too bad the aroma is a little off. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
This brew pours witha black body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet yet roasty and malty with a slight coffee note. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with roasty notes and a touch of coffee. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 I had this as the oak aged version, and for once , I was surprised. Poured a deep deep brown almost black with almost no head. Flavors of espresso...no wait... more espresso and a little more dark chocolate with a nice warmth from the the bourbon casks.. Mouth feel was medium to full bodied. The only down fall to this brew was the palate... as with all ballast point brews, this brew has a strange, aftertaste. But this was the mellowness of all that I have tasted. Overall. the best beer that they have.