KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2012ABUSEDGOAT (2733) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
Bollte. The pour was a thick deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium cocoa brown rocky head that had awesome retention, reducing to a nice thick cap of foam and had really excellent sheets of lace.
The aroma was bold and robust of a roasted chocolate malt and a stringent leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, licorice and a vivacious bourbon scent.
The taste was extremely malty and a tad sweet with hints of coffee and molasses at first and then became ever so lightly bitter with notes of chocolate, vanilla and a mild bourbon taste towards the end. The flavor lingered for a good long while allowing for the chocolate, coffee and vanilla taste to blend as the alcohol taste faded.
Mouthfeel was bold and full in body with an extremely creamy texture and a moderately strong carbonation.
Overall a fully robust Stout with a nice hint of vanilla to go along with everything else this brew had going for it...
2012 bottle: Black pour, dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roast, some dried and darker fruits, oxidation. Full bodied, still smooth, chocolate and barrel flavors dominate with detectable oxidation. Still good after 5 years. SpringsLicker (3616) - Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2017
Dense, oily, opaque black body with a minimal tan head.
Complex aroma of chocolate, espresso, roast malt in a boozy mix.
The complex flavor follows the aroma. Big bodied, alcoholic warming boozy sipper. langeveld12 (545) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
Black as night, full bodied. Chocolate and coffee. Bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very complex and yet so subtle. Brilliant! coachd (803) - Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2017
2013 version, still has plenty of fizz when poured. Big bourbon/black licorice/coffee/chocolate aroma, similar to many barrel aged stouts but boozier. Ink black with a brown head that disappears into nothing. Tastes chocolatey with dark coffee and roast at the end but very smooth and drinkable. May be the age of the bottle; I have never drunk this fresh. Silky palate, surprisingly easy drinking. This was really good. Brandon1989 (655) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2017
Pours a dark black with a think khaki head. The aroma is bourbon, alcohol, dark fruit, figs, dates, coffee, and faint chocolate. The flavor is more mellow than the aroma but still packs a punch. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla oak, some dark fruits. There is some bourbon and alcohol present in the flavor but it’s not too overpowering. The mouthfeel is heavy and drinkability is low, very much a sipper.
gopherfan99 (1777) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2017
Tap; pours black with a brown head; aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and hints of wood and vanilla; taste is light sweet with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and then some light bitter coffee and roasted malt; dry finish with lingering roasted notes and some alcohol warming SirLimpsalot (4162) - SWEDEN - APR 1, 2017
@Basunen 17-4-1: Rätt trevlig med tydlig sötaktig ton av cognac. En del choklad och vanilj. Fin fyllighet. Trevlig eftersmak. imdownthepub (14469) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2017
Bottled, 355ml aged 8yrs from the now closed Bellinger’s Garage, Grove, Oxon. Black with tan head. There is a big, bitter, dark chocolate character to this from the start, filling on the palate along with licorice and a touch of coffee grounds. Later a sweet vanilla note mingles through with a boozy, alcohol note. A challenge to the flavour buds. Sparf (276) - SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2017
Elegant doft med mycket mjuka toner av lätt parfymaktiga bourbon. Helt svart brygd. Ett tätt, inte särskilt stort, men snabbt upplöst skum. Fantastiska, mjukt rostade toner i smaken. Whiskyaromerna är påtagliga men balanserade med med fint avvägd vanilj och närmast ingen trä. Champagnejästen bryter fint mot malten.
Halvfyllig kropp och något silkesartad viskositet. Lätt kolsyra.
Eftersmaken följer samma mönster där rostningen utbyts mot en lätt beska. Holmen1 (5842) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017
Fra flaske på Mi2 Cardinal feb-17: helt svart med ok beige skum. 11,6% iflg etiketten, og det merkes nesten ikke (før etter en stund...) - en herlig, fyldig og balansert supersmud superstout med bourbon-toner. At den er så fantastisk lett å drikke kan kanskje ha noe med champagnegjæren å gjøre? Søtlig, dessertaktig avslutning.