JaBier (8490) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2010 bottle purchased at East End. Pitch black pour with a thick brown chocolate milk head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, dark fruit and subtle bourbon. Flavor starts with a hint of bourbon, followed by roast (to the point of ashiness) and a bitter dark chocolate finish. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle:   2008 batch.   Black pour, moderate tannish head, spotty lacing.   Pale roasted malt nose, and thats about it.   This was aged in Bourbon?   I can’t tell, at all.   Thin on the tongue, pale roasted malts.   I knew it wasn’t a big stout to begin with, but the barrel aged character isn’t there, and the body is rather thin.   Its okay, but not as special as you would think. johnnnniee (4485) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2010 Vintage received in trade from DavoleBomb, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid black color with a frothy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, tart fruit, hints of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is more tart than stout, seems something has gotten into the barrel on this one. Sharp tart fruit up front, bitter roasted coffee and chocolate next, and then a mellow oak, vanilla, roasted finish. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter tart mouthfeel. Having known nothing about this beer, my first surprise was the oak aging and my second surprise was the slightly lactic fruity tartness. This is a decent beer as is, but I’d like to think this was fantastic before the lacto got around to souring it. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 On cask at Piper’s. Black with a tan thin cover. The aroma is light whiskey, chocolate, wood combined with roast, and a slight twinge that made me think the cask was about to turn. Taste is nice whiskey, wood, char, a bit of alcohol, chocolate, light roast. Good beer, I think I preferred the base beer. From a 2011 bottle. Black with a nice thick tan foam. Aroma is nice whiskey, vanilla, oak, chocolate, woody. Taste is thinner, some chocolate, lots of vanilla, bourbon and oak. Good but I wish it had more body. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2011
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading to lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Deep roasted malt aroma with lots of nutty pecan, slightly smokey coffee bean, cream, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and earthy oak.
Heavily carbonated with a mix of vinous vinegar character and very roasted malt flavor. Very acrid with tons of burnt wood, charred oak and used coffee filter. Very weird with a vinous/vinegar flavor countering the overly burnt malt profile. Faint booze but no bourbon at all. Tasted mostly of stale oak.
Overall this beer was a big disappointment. I like this brewery a lot but this beer was a let down. It looks and smells really good but tasted awful.
italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours black as night with a tan head. Aroma and flavor have prominent dark chocolate and raspberry notes. A bit syrupy but very good. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Sour malt, chocolate, and oak. Burnt coffee, licorish, and abv. Medium bodied and fizzy. yespr (49451) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
From growler. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aromam is roasted dark malty and slight breadish. Sweet, dark malty and solid acidic dark roasted malty. Bitter and dry roasted malty into the finish. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle shared by bmanning. Served in a snifter.
Boom. Loosening the latch on this one really let out a large gust of carbonation, which was then evidenced in the appearance, which was black with a huge tan head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is really big with lots of coffee and roast as well as a bit of dark chocolate. The taste falls way off as there’s really nothing there other than roast. Lots of charcoal. As mday said, it tasted like a fireplace. Even more roasty. Body is medium without any real barrel character at all. In the end, this is just super one-dimensional and I couldn’t handle more than a few ounces of it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-17-2011 zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Thanks to aliendan. Pours just like used motor oil, I kid you not, with a very thin tan head. I’m a little scared but onward we go! ;) Aroma is smoky, meaty, earthy, with just enough sweetness to balance it out without being cloying. Flavor is tangy, meaty, bitter, (roasted nuts, anise, pine), with a bit of tobacco and vanilla; oily mouth feel. Overall, excellent beer.