tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle: 2012 vintage. Black-ish center with dark brown edges, a very small beige ring settles on top. Aroma of toffee, booze, light maple, chocolate malt, & plentiful toasted nuts. Little bit of brown sugar char & anise. Flavor is a bit sweeter with lots of baker’s cocoa & milk chocolate coated nuts up front. Very mild roasty & charred element sneaks in for a bit of balance. Semi-sweet finish with brown sugar, edging on torched. A little booze at times. Most of the hops are long gone, it seems. Pretty tasty stout, though. DCLawyer (2839) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2012 draft at Westover Beer Market. Black with small tan head. Loads of chocolate and roasted malts, molasses, toffee. Deep and big. Excellent. Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2010. Bottle to glass. Pours a deep black color with a small creamy medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, black marker. Flavor has a bit more mild of a marker flavor, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, bitter. Medium to heavy body with a lingering roasted bitter chocolate, malts, black marker. Interesting. Not at all similar to the Bourbon County it shares the base with. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 17, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-8-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance –The beer is served a pitch black color with a tiny cream colored head. The head almost instantaneously disappears leaving a thick looking brew with some light foam islands. Upon swirling the beer in the glass its thickness can be seen with fingers of beer sticking to the side of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is a mix of chocolate and darker fruits with some other aromas of caramel and coffee. Overall it is sweet and roasted with hints of alcohol linger in the background to create an overall warming smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate and sweet flavors of caramel. Some darker fruit flavors of raisin, plum and prune quickly join these flavors and produce a quite sweet flavor overall. Notes of vanilla and some coffee follow the fruit with a little bit of hop hitting the tongue as well. These flavors are joined by a bit more roast and a decently strong alcohol taste to leave a warming and sweet flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The characteristic of the brew are quite appropriate for the style nicely complimenting the roasted and sweet flavor of the brew.
Overall – A tasty and thick imperial with lots of sweetness. One that is worth a try if you are feeling like something fairly sweet, roasty and boozy. 50belair (3617) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Chocolate bouquet. Bitter chocolate, hops?, bitter roasted malts, I guess? Not sure what all is going on here. Is it infected? Is it over hoppy. Average body and mouthfeel..
Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Black pour with thin quickly dissipating dark tan head. Cherries, bitter chocolate, roast barley on the nose. Cherry note that rolls into a bitter chocolate, back to cherry into roast back to chocolate cherry, back to sticky chocolate with almost an espresso note finish. Full body, sticky lips, excellent! M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle code 030610 5126 consumed 07/11/2010
LoFi (1714) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
Black body with minimal deep amber highlights beneath a minimal tan head, very minimal lacing
Medium to heavy malty sweet, earthy, roasty, piney, citrusy, chocolate, red and dark fruit, sweet grass, soft carbonation and a short spike of alcohol finishing out
Bottle from first trade with kmyers8807 (have another to drink very soon), cheers buddy, backlog!
Black with a light brown head.
Aroma: fruity, roasted, licorice, hard lemon candies.
Taste: licorice, some salmiak, soft roast, dark and creamy chocolate, tropical fruits like pineapple and peach, Indian palate cleanser.
Not really as tasty as I had expected. GothGargoyle (2587) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Black with a large beige head that mostly dissipated quickly. Aroma is raisins, coffee, toffee, molasses, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate. Full bodied, thick syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with some balancing roast. Taste is molasses, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Delicious. XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle share. Pours almost black, bubbly tan cap reduces to thick rope. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, raisin, chocolate, mud. Taste is quite sweet followed by a long bitterness. Creamy and lasting dry finish.