ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2010 DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Goblet at FS, Jan 24 ’08 as "Sarge." Last chance for this Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers Bronze medalist. At least 15 months in barrel. Pours a big brown head over black body. Heady chocolate smell with a bit of cherry and coffee. Taste delivers brandy-strength alcohol around a nice milk stout base, slippery and mellow all at once. No sourness as with many barreled beers. Just bits of char and some wood "sprites." Best beer I’ve had since—well, since I sampled this at FoBAB in November!
As Rating #1,001, this is the first runner-up to Rating #1,000. If, for any reason, a previous rating gets deleted, or Rating #1,000 is otherwise unable to fulfill its duties, this rating will take its place as Rating #1,000.
Goblet at FS, Dec. 11 ’06 as "Young Sarge." Ain’t we just all suckers for an Impy Stout? Add to it some coffee or chocolate. Then throw it in a barrel for awhile and we come drooling. Anyway, this has the familiar black mocha java color, supporting a nice bubbly brown head. A big bourbon and brown sugar smell. Taste is quite complex: leathery, oily, roasty and full of alcohol warmth. Just a touch of bitterness remains, with traces of an orange or citrusy hop brightness. Effect at some point reminds me of those little chocolate liqueur bottles. Give this one its props and toast the Sarge.
Oily black body with a small tan head. The nose is butter, coconut, bourbon, with some chocolate, molasses and roast. The taste is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with chocolate, light bourbon, molasses and some licorice. Full body is sticky and chewy with moderate carbonation and warm. Pretty nice.
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2009
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest (8/9/08): Oily opaque black pour has a small stringy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of rich sweet dark caramel, chocolate and bourbon oak. Starts with good sweetness and full body with a great balance of bourbon and dark chocolate before a smooth bittersweet finish. A very enjoyable barrel-aged imperial stout. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
(Draught) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, oak, chocolate, and toffee with a dry finish. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Great Taste 2008. Finally a chance to try Sarge after missing this a few times. I think this was just a step behind FFF Vanilla Dark Lord, but excellent nonetheless. Poured a great color with chocolate, oatmeal, dark roast coffee. Coated the mouth like drinking whole milk. Nice bourbon finish, that shows it’s 16 months of ageing. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Black with a dark tan head that recedes to a ring around the glass and has spotty lacing. Aroma of dark cherries, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, and some oak. Taste is creamy milk chocolate, with bourbon, cherries, and vanilla; alcohol is pretty well hidden. Low carbonation and medium to full bodied. I wouldn’t hesitate to try this again, in fact, I would have ordered more, but they ran out by that time at Pre-DLD.
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4-25-08 tap at Flossmoor (pre-DLD party) Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
Pitch black pour with little to no head in my pour. Smell is nice and bold chocolate and vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is big chocolate and bourbon as well. Palate is thick and bold and almost syrup-like. Overall, another Flossmoor winner!
In short: A heavy fruity Imperial Stout. Great body, too much alcohol. Very good but not excellent sipper.Tmoney99 (14964) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2008
How: Tab at brewpub. Pre-Dark-Lord-Day party 2008
The look: Black body with a medium tan head
In long: Full, big, huge, enormous body. Packed with lots of roasted malts with quite a bit of dark fruits flavours. Light-medium roastiness, less roasted sensation than average for the style. Some black chocolate and some black liquorice. Smooth carbonation. The beer looses points with me because of the alcohol presence. Too much alcohol warmth in the body and an bite in the finish I could have done without. This is a good Sarge but not a great Sarge. Not a great Sarge that would take a bullet for you, but still a good Sarge that will not snitch on you if you take a crap in the Captain’s helmet.
Rating from 01/18/08 under the name of Wooden Sarge. Draft sample at brewpub. Poured hazy black hue with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and chocolate malt and wood aroma. Medium to ful body with a smooth texture. Flavor was moderate to heavy roasted bittersweet with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Best of the group brew. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Draft... DLD’08... Pitch black ale with almost no head at all. The aroma is of swirling chocolate, coconut, vanilla and sourmash. Medium to full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and laid back carbonation. Chocolate up front; tart sourmash and wood on the backside. Lengthy, acidic, woodsy, chocolate finish. railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2008
On tap another good ber from Matt with a nice rich and sweet chocolate flavor and hints of coffee,it poured with a small head but was very tasty and as it warmed the abv was present and more flavors came out.CHEERS!