mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is very subtle, with notes of roasted malt and a little whiskey. Flavour brings out wood, whiskey barrels, and toasted malt. The whiskey is upfront, without being boozy. Medium bodied and well-balanced, with a low-to-medium complexity. Good stuff. bhensonb (15621) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Bomber from Malt & Vine as the simplified BA version. Pours dark brown/black with a slight creamy/foamy dark tan head. I swear I’m getting shellfish in the aroma. Sheesh. Seattle on my mind! Full bodied - very. Flavor is very smooth burnt malt, oak, and hints of rye spice. With some chocolate and a touch of espresso. Every sip suggests shellfish. TF is that! Finishes smoothly dark, chocolate, espresso bitter. The shellfish thing is frustrating, but it’s one heck of a tasty ale. djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, toffee, rye. Medium mouthfeel, light oak, roast, chocolate with light boozy finish. Decent. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2013
22. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Sweet bourbony nose--lots of fumey alcohol, apricots, chocolate, and vanilla. Sticky thin body. Roast, chocolate, apricots, and vanilla on the mid palate. Not hot, but a little overly sweet. Too much barrel. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Huge thanks to Brandon for this one!! Poured black as night with a near equally black head. The aroma picked up a warm blend of darker chocolates with accents of coconut, hazelnut, sweet whiskey, and vanilla.. not a whole lot of barrel presence, but what was there was entirely complementary.. like a decadent chocolate cake. The flavor opened with cherry-kissed chocolates and a little oaky edge.. the middle was syrupy and thick, but lacked some definition (lots of chocolate, though).. tart, near-metallic whiskey, black pepper, and oak surrounded.. finished with more tartness and chocolate, plus a little alcohol warmth. Heavier-bodied and viscous on the palate.. lots of roast (burnt at times).. low carbonation.. decent feel overall, but a little too much tartness, and the nose set up unrealistic expectations of "smooth".
ajnepple (6981) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Sampled at GABF. Black appearance with a light brown head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. oak, vanilla, light bourbon. Rich and dark with a full body. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Black, moderate foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Faint roast, faint barrel aging, even softer Whiskey.   First up is a touch sourness, faint roast, and again with an even softer barrel aging or Whiskey
character.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Same on the exit, mild sweet roastiness, a touch sour, with a little barrel aged character.   Not a bad beer, wished it didn’t have the slight sour aspect.   I also wished
the stout was a bit more chewy and pronounced to match the barrel aging.   Average BA stout. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Great varied nose of patent malt, roast, dark chocolate, rye whiskey, vanilla, dark fruit. Pours viscous black, oily, heavy legs, great beige head, wonderful lace. Roast, acrid patent malts balanced by dark chocolate and dark fruit, vanilla, sweet chocolate, light spicy rye notes, wood barrel. Damn, best hales beer ever? Yes. Balanced, creamy smooth body, dry roasty finish. Really drinkable. YES! beastiefan2k (4071) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2015
5oz draft at brewpub. Black body tan head. Aroma wallops too with the traditional too much over-the-top bourbon. Lots of alcohol. Beneath that is a big sweet impy stout with cocoa, chocolate roast. Flavor is nit as bad as expected. Its a leaner body than expected. Alcohol strong at first. Long thin alcohol aftertaste. Between those two is a sugary lean sweet cocoa stout. The carbonation is strong. I would prefer a thicker less carbed body to make this more of a sipper. I literally feel alcohol burn in the back of my throat. This beer does not know if it wants to be super big or lean. And the alcohol isn’t catastrophic but its pretty bad. soy sauce, robforbes (2262) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2013
pours a very dark brown with a small brown head and good lacing.
smell is of cocoa, whiskey, a touch of vanilla, and wood.
taste is of bourbon, woody, some cocoa, and somewhat sour. ends with the bourbon overpowering everything else.