pushkinwow (2781) - Ottawa, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
32oz growler from the brewery and sent by RobertDale. Was quite cold upon arrival and obviously after sitting in the fridge but after almost 2 hours sitting in the glass it was finally at the right temperature and had properly opened up. Black with a thin brown head that completely disappeared. Lots of roasted and a bit of burnt malt, hint of anise, slight booze bite, oak, an interesting doughy and bittersweet aroma. Moderate+ body, smooth, mild carbonation, sweet at first, then it becomes bitter but with a whiskey warmth that brings out a lot more vanilla, booze, chocolate, leather and oak then you get on the nose. Quite tasty. beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler share thanks to Homer. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is smooth, a bit sweet, chocolate. This is yummy. Homer321 (5008) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler thanks to RobertDale! Nose is a moderate booze with chocolate and coffe. Taste us similar. Lots of chocolate and very well balanced. Barrel character is nicely done. DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Growler share thanks to Homer321. Sticky, smooth, sweet, barrel. Sticky sweet, thick, roasty, syrupy. Yummy, boosty, and Yummm. tgncc (3129) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Via trade with RobertDale. The aroma is chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, licorice, molasses. The appearance is deep black, small tan head. The flavor is chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, licorice, molasses, brown sugar. The booze is subtle, nice, and not overpowering. The finish is whiskey, lightly sweet, lightly roast, pine. Medium in body, a bit light for this style, actually odd for this style. That’s the only thing off putting about this beer. Glad I got to try this.
rxeight (3043) - Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
32 ounce howler. Another amazing top 100 hookup from bob. Black pour with a minimal tan head. Aroma is subtitle oaky vanilla dominant bourbon. Taste is mild bourbon. Very smooth. Roasty. Dark fruit, dark sweetness, maybe molasses. Very good stuff but not quite sure that it is top 100 material. Clownoisseur (476) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Poured from a 32 oz. Free State growler (thanks Dustin!) into a Kuhnhenn snifter. Sits in the glass, near black, but has some transparency to it....thin mocha head. Aromas are of roasted malt, molasses/maple syrup and a little bit of booze...all very light, imo. Nothing robust about this nose. The taste is a different story. A work of art, really. Has very nice hints of anise, coffee and chocolate flowing over the roasted malts. A very nice sweetness to this gives me hints of maple syrup and oak....maybe a dash of vanilla in there. The slick and oily mouthfeel gives this one the texture I desire...yet it keeps a medium thickness to the body. Not "heavy" like some other Imperial Stouts...just balanced. The finish lasts a mile! The barrel character is so in synch with the profile that you don’t really notice it until the very back end....waaay back. A slight warming feeling. Very, very nice beer! Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2013
From Douglas. Thanks!
A: Pitch black with a thin ring of cappuccino head. Great legs.
N: Chocolate, char, vanilla. Touch of soy, prune, and licorice.
T: Hefty bitterness with a sweet backing. Black licorice comes to mind. Tasty.
M: Oily with a very heavy and dense mouthfeel.
O: Reminiscent of Expedition. Recommended; I’m glad to have tried this. deyholla (11496) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2016 On tap at the brewpub. Pours pitch black with a yellowish brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma has a combination of sweet and bitter chocolate supported by dark grains, a bit of roast and a hint of dark fruits. Flavor has sweet dark grains and chocolate up front that are balanced in the finish by bitter chocolate, dark grains, a bit of roast and a hint of dark fruits. M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - SEP 29, 2013
On tap at KC Beer Fest 2013, huge, velvety dark chocolate dominates on a silky smooth, rich body with enough carbonation to keep this monster moving