zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 1 L fliptop - 2010 vintage) Dark black pour with a very small tan head. Mild chocolate with a big roasted and sweet backup. Can get a nice bourbon and vanilla flavor from the barrel as well. Very nice and sweet coffee and vanilla flavor at the start with a solid roasted malt middle and a sweet aftertaste of bourbon and oak. Solid and smooth on the finish with a very pleasant aftertaste. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. 1L swingtop shared with a buddy. 2010 vintage.
4.0 A: Pours a viscous black color. I had trouble coaxing a good head formation. I ended up with a finger of fairly dense, creamy light brown head with decent retention and a good ring of lacing.
4.5 S: Blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, dark roast coffee, and a touch of chocolate. Bourbon plays a complementary role offering light leather and vanilla contributions. There’s more oakiness than bourbon. Pretty good here and definitely an improvement on the base beer.
4.5 T: Bourbon is a bit more evident in the taste, but again plays a complementary role. Blackstrap molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and a touch of ash. Leather, vanilla, and melon from the bourbon and again a strong oakiness. Very light lactose-like sweetness.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a bit more carbonation and a higher mash temp. Reasonably creamy for how light the body is and smooth.
4.5 D: An improvement on the base beer, but maybe not by enough to justify the price tag. Still, definitely worth a try and I’ll probably pick up a few more to age. Goes down really easily due to it not being a massive imperial.
As an aside, I had the 09 version earlier this year and it was abominable. Full of tannic astrigency and overly ashy. I’m pleased to see that this year’s vintage is very much improved.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-15-2010 00:20:43 Leafs93 (2344) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Pours dark oily black with very little head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and smokeyness. Taste is smokey with dark chocolate sweetness coming through, somewhat dry finish. DocLock (11258) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Cool 33.8 ounce fliptop bottle. Pours oily turbid jet black with 1-finger dark brown head. Nose is molasses, black patent malt, black licorice, hops. Intense nose. Tastes of black patent malt, citrus, hops, on the dry and London porter side of things, with roasty malt, cacao, molasses. The palate is medium in heft, and not as big and bold as the color and smell wopuld indicate here. Overall, good but not great. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Had on tap at "Steel City Big Pour"
A-pours a pitch black liquid with a dark brown dense colored head.
S-the nose brings a fair bit of bourbon with notes of chocolate, bitter coffee and hints of toffee.
T-the flavor is much more roasted, lots of roasted coffee and malt. a fair bit of molasses in the middle as the bourbon takes hold with a good bit of wood. hints of malt sweetness in the back.
M-chewy medium to full body and creamy on the palate. the back falls off a bit from the barrel aging and very low carbonation.
D-pretty well balanced, slightly lacking complexity, strong barrel and bourbon notes and very strong roasty flavors. solid stuff, not quite enough body to hold true through the barrel aging.
douglas88 (9894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 Big ol 1 liter bottle. 2010 vintage. Pours a totally black hue with a medium brown head. A very nice nose; rich bourbon- woody and vanilla, heavy dark fruit. The flavor is very nice; dark fruit, sweet bourbon, light ash, lots of fruit. Not overly done, the barrel is pretty light in the flavor. Nice. Some light sourness as it warmed. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
1L 2010 ed. Pour is fairly deep black with a thin, reddish mocha head. Little retention and lace. Aroma is fairly nondescript - oak, light spices, not much bourbon. Taste is lemony tart, thin, watery, light char and spicy oak. Really void mostly. Dusty, dry palate. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is smoke, malts, roasty, coffee, and chocolate. The taste is roasty, malts, coffee, and chocolate. The look is brown to black with a big tan head. Ibrew2or3 (9050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
Liter bottle courtesy of jdubFL. Pours dark with mocha like head. The aroma is metal, roast, burnt malts, spicy oak and dustiness. The taste is dusty, slightly metallic, tingly carbonation, spicy like oak and chocolate. It seems a bit off. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Review moved from its original location. Batch #1 from Halloween 2008 Reviewed 10/31/08. No bottles from this release.
A- This is a great cask conditioned ale so naturally it had the perfect appearance for its style. Body is an opaque jet black with a billowing frothy dark brown head. Head eventually settles to 1 finger, has perfect retention, and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.
S- Mild smell of dark chocolate malt, oak, and a bit of roasted bitterness. Decent-but not the strength of this brew.
T- Very malty. Roasted chocolate malt and some coffee tones come through first with a big accent of oak flavors. The flavors intensify for the finish with a hint of bourbon sweetness. Hints of roasted malt linger on the palate.
P-Mouthfeel is wonderful on this one. Low carbonation and heavy, yet eversmooth body.
O- This is a great beer-especially considering that its just a test run. I would have liked a bit more bourbon presence, but the oak is definitely there and that’s great. No hop presence this one (as compared to the regular,while fresh) but definitely much smoother. Looking forward to a new batch of this in the future (and the growler I bought to split with my dad-blackstrap is his favorite beer on earth...so I had to get one for him).
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 12-24-2008 00:19:56