javadrinker (4) - - FEB 8, 2018 does not count FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Bottle. Pors black with a tan head. Nose was a little stuffed, but I got chocolate and vanilla. Flavor was crazy; smoked wood chips, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and bit of coffee. Finished with that smoky oak flavor. Very smooth. Man, I wish we could get this in NC. Yum.
Smooth taste and rich, dark color. Has a great oak taste after the first sip.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Strykzone (7848) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2018
12 oz. bottle from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. A rich black pour that has just a little tan foam. A bit of vanilla and oak in the aroma. Milk chocolate, too. First sip brings a good dose of brewers grain with lesser chocolate. Tobacco and citrus. It has a nice little zing to it. hayduke (5742) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2018
A 12 oz bottle shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours dark brown. Nearly black. Tan head. Nose of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some bourbon. Medium body. Flavor is like the nose but there is a hint of citrus hops as well Smooth enough drinking.
GenDV138 (7960) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2018
16 oz pour on draft at National Pastime, National Harbor. Shaker pint. 5.5% ABV listed. Black with light tan head. Aromas of oak, dark chocolate. Tastes of dark chocolate, oak, light caramel, roast. Medium body with a dry finish. Bill Becker (2050) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Nov 2007
his one pours from 12oz bottle(bottled 091907) a near pitch black with some reddish hues and a small tannish head of foam that recedes to a fine broken layer half way through the session but it has some good lacing.
The smell is of caramel malt, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. It's nice.
The taste has all sorts of flavours going on. Lots of vanilla and bourbon and wood with helpings of chocolate, roasted malt, a slight citrus bitterness in the background and it finishes witha nice hot cocoa bitter bite but..it's smooth as all hell and it doesn't hurt that it's only 5.2%abv; it makes it sessionable as hell. lol Man, is this son of a gun drinkable and velvety smooth. Great fullish mouthfeel and it's lightly carbonated. I like this one a lot!! Lots of flavour, easy to drink, smooth, this has it all going on. I'd get this one again, no problem.
gripweed57 (3042) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Opaque dark brown color. Small creamy beige head. Roasted malt flavor is a bit thin. Notes of oak and vanilla, I think? A bit of chocolate on the finish. No barrels were harmed in the making of this stout. anthony850 (473) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Nice bourbon and oak flavor. With a hint of vanilla.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone caribouandcake (6) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2017 does not count
bottle. pours black with the tiniest glimmer of ruby. minimal, off-white head which drifts away quickly leaving a patchy lacing on the glass.
aroma fairly bland, nothing standing out. some slight coffee but nothing pushing through.
bitter tastes abound, balanced well with dark chocolate. burnt flavours in the background. very smooth oath/creamy finish, which lingers long and disappears gradually. ffaoe (1051) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2016
coffee and oak aromas. black in color with decent light brown head. taste is of chocolate, faint coffee, vanilla, and oak notes. Larry_Duffman (632) - - NOV 12, 2016
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours very dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. The aroma is vanilla and some oak. The taste is vanilla, milk, and oatmeal. It’s very smooth. The vanilla tastes natural and isn’t overpowering. This was a lot better than expected. I’d get more from this brewery.