MavDunk (103) - - MAY 14, 2017 mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap - the bourbon aging really adds to Darkness in my opinion. Still fairly sweet and now with the added complexity of wood and bourbon.
On tap at Surly. Rating for 2017 version. Pours jet black with minimal khaki head. Scents of dark malts and fudge. Taste follows with heavy dark chocolate, some light vanilla, and coffee flavors. A little booziness but less than might be expected. Quite smooth with a full body. High quality imperial stout. jc1762 (1386) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2017
Bottle poured into a taster showing pitch black with quickly dissipating foam.
The nose shows earthy hops with a light bourbon background.
The palate is full bodied and lightly carbonated. Flavors of smoke and bourbon with a light rye spiciness. Bourbon caramel finish. stevoj (4967) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle share at Tom’s. Big boozy aroma, slick and sweet. Dark black pour, small ring of dark beige head, slippery feel. Lots of alcohol heat, accents the nice rich roast malts. Molasses, coffee, etc. Nice. HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
September 19, 2015 - at Beaverton for the Rainbow event - draught. Even though I pretty much despise all bourbon, I was super stoked to finally get a chance to rate this one. Gorgeous beer - deep brown-black pour, with a large lasting brown head - doesn’t get much better than that. There’s a complex deep roast malt coffee/chocolate/herbal impy there, but wow is there a ton of bourbon overlaying it; oh well. Taste is better balanced - oddly sweet, with restrained alcohol. Syrupy, a bit still, a little too bourbony in the cloying finish - nice life to it - If I didn’t hate bourbon so much I would be about 4.2 gopherfan99 (1778) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2017
Tap (Winterfest 2017); pours black with a thin mocha colored head; aroma is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, and hints of wood and roast malt; taste is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, malt, molasses, and some wood notes; dry, boozy finish; excellent
JaBier (7871) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2017
2016 bottle shared by a friend. Pours darkest brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, green apple and bourbon. Malty and chocolatey flavor with bourbon and cherry accents before a roasty finish. Strykzone (7311) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Sampled at an ESBlS. Black with a lighter tan head. I taste coconut and massive dark malts. Sweet stuff. Wood, vanilla, and only a little bourbon. Brown sugar and big sweetness. Very good. johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2015
This rating is for the 2015 version...shared with the fellas...great beer but spendy as hell...silky smooth....tons of chocolate and berries...delicious stuff ajnepple (6485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 9/24/15. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and light bourbon. Rich and full bodied. Nice. jackadutton (65) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2015
Keg at Beavertown, Rainbow Project 2015. First of all - it’s a magnificent looking beer. Lively and carbonated, but an incredibly rich cappuccino head (3-4 finger head). Aroma of caramel, vanilla ice cream, roasted malt and slight coffee. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, mild coffee and dark fruits. Really enjoyable and dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Excellent.