TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
Draft on tap at the brewpub for Pre-DLD 2012(Flossmoor, IL). Pours a wickedly dark hue, well hazed with ruby brown edges and bottom. A tannish frothy head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are sticky sweet toffee, toasty malts, and chocolate. A permeable sweetness, some more cocoa, vanilla and oak, barrel tannins. Touches of roasty qualities, toffee, and some biscuits. Barrel presence starts to assert itself more into middle, offering Bourbon spirit, vanilla, dustings of toasted coconut. Some more cocoa, toffee, chocolate covered toffee, biscuits. Firm barrel really brings the vanilla barrel tannins into the backend. Really nice, thinned out some of the sweetness and sticky nature of the base, but still firm on the palate, inviting barrel presence offers a good display. Toffee, coconut, drizzled cocoa and fudgey presence. Finish leaves lingering sticky malts, firm barrel complexities, and a good drinker overall. Really surprised.. This beer offers a lot. Creamy elements, lots of barrel flavor without much heat interfering. Solid. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
tap at flossmoor station pre-DLD event. pleasant, clean roasted coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate and cream. nicely complimented by a touch of bourbon and vanilla. well made. tasty. nimbleprop (8709) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
22oz bottle pours a translucent, near black with one ring of white head. Nice nose, vanilla, milk chocolate, nutty, sweet, inviting. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, vanilla, cake icing, chocolate. Full bodied, sweet finish. One note, but nice anyway. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #25. First off, this was a bitch of a wax job and it took awhile to get open, but it was worth the effort. This was a really good beer, light roast and dark fruits are prominent with a nice barrel character that wasn’t over powering. (2557) DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Sample from a bottle shared by Bunker. Pretty sure it was the barrel aged version. Bottle looked exactly like the one pictured. Dark brown color. Good thin khaki head. Decent lace. Good robust malty nose. Some vanilla. Big body, good, creamy and smooth. Light carbonation. Some alcohol in the taste, moderate bitterness. Dry finish. This is a great imperial schwarz. Awesome mouthfeel and aroma.
nuplastikk (6414) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Sample at GTMW ticket wait. Brown-black bourbon, caramel aroma. Smooth and chocolate edged, kind of booze forward, but grows on you. Not much semblance of a Schwarz. Big brown chocolate I guess. A lot of depth. Boutip (6483) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of nice woody notes of bourbon and vanilla with light roasted malt with some very good black chocolate notes. Taste is also a great mxi between some vanilla and bourbon notes with light bitter roasted malt notes which are mostly offset by some rich black chocolate notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Great balance with nice barrel-aging treatment. BelgianBeerGal (4138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
This starts the gigantic backlog from DLD and the Jackie O release. Draft at pre-DLD party at the brewery. This tasted like a vanilla and coconut snowcone to me...definitely not in a bad way. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Draft at Fobab 10. Pours a deep brown, near black with a tan head. The nose is soft chocolate along with some charcoal. Strong notes of woodford coconut and vanilla back it up. On tasting, fairly robust. Good barrel presence and integration. Quite clean overall. Medium bodied. Chocolatey finish and drying charcoal as well. Really solid beer. alexsdad06 (10640) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
FOBAB. Pours very dark brown to black with a medium sized tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma and flavor have quite a bit of bourbon barrel, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, oak, chocolate. Medium-bodied and pretty tasty; maybe just a touch too much barrel. So much to do and so little time.