kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2018 Bottle, batch 4, 2004. Pours an inky black body with an amazing amount of carbonation for a 13 year old beer. A great fluffy and fizzy brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is intense roast with some prominent wood, vinous notes, licorice, and a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor is bursting with red wine, which I’m amazed at based on its age. There really is very very minimal oxidation in here. Nice roast and wood, dark chocolate, coffee, all kinds of stuff going on in here. Most beers of this age lose a lot of their complexity, but this one is really going strong. Was not expecting this to be anywhere near this good. Full bodied, but not overly clingy or boozy, just well rounded with good carbonation. Pleasant surprise this beer was.
4/8/8/4/17 jtclockwork (17631) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle - pours black tan head - nose/taste of red wine, raisin, chocolate, sherry, oak and light oxidation - medium body. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle(batch 3). Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, oak, light oxidation aromas. Barley wine esk Flavors, chocolate, roasted, boozy, oxidation notes. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a deep dark black color with a small reddish brwon head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, with a hint of hops. Flavor has a lot of big chocolate taste, with some coffee, and I think a touch of smoke. A damn fine stout. ctipping (2268) - Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2015 750 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter. Batch 3 from November 2001. Originally reviewed 5/6/2013. Pours black with a great mocha head. Good retention. Nice thick collar. Good wisps.Smell has a touch of acidity. Lots of wine notes. Chocolatey with dark fruits. Oxidized, but it adds a nice dimension. Everything comes together perfectly in the taste. Really rich chocolate. Wine is distinctive, but less acidic. Leaning more towards the fruit flavor of the wine. Still very oxidized, but again I think it plays very well. No booze. The body has dropped off, but it seems to just make it easier to drink. Impressive on its own, but truly phenomenal considering its age. Fantastic beer.
BuckeyeBoy (8860) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2015
750ml bottle with a big thanks to Ken. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is great after all these years rich roast malts chocolate smoke and some barrel notes. Taste is more of the smoke heavy roast malts chocolate barrel. Wow this has really held on well. Thanks again ken!!! williamstome (2038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Black pour, brown head. Big blackberry aroma, flavor of chocolate, blackberry, subtle roast. Full body, sweet finish. Wow. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Wow, this held up amazingly after 13 years! Pours thick dark blackish coffee with a great creamy dark caramel colored head. Aroma brings complex oaky and chocolatey roast burnt caramel smooth and leathery characters. Flavor brings cocoa espresso holding up so well on a full body with minimal oxidation with some settling pleasant caramel notes. GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2013
Batch #3 (2001). Dark brown with a good brown head. Aroma is liquorice, chocolate, dark fruits. Sticky mouthfeel, bittersweet on the palate with a hint of umami on the finish. Taste is anise, chocolate, raisins, prunes. Yum. XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle share taster. 2001. Super black with an everlasting, creamy, tan cap. WTF?! Aroma of raisin, chocolate, licorice, bourbon. Taste is sweet, and chased with a good sticky, dry mouth.