riversideAK (6265) - 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! Petronius (83) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2012
april 2012 on tap at Hale’s. Smell of semi-sweet chocolate; very pleasant on a palate; creamy; raisin and chocolate, very well-balanced. Hale’s absolute favorite. bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Growler that I had filled a couple of weeks ago. Pours a viscous super dark brownish black with tight dark tan head. The nose has slight oxidation, with good amount of deep dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, tobacco, light spicy rye notes...smells really good! The body is surprisingly smoother than the pour suggests and the carbonation is perfect for the style. Patent malt, chocolate, blueberry, tobacco, subtle rye...but present, vanilla and light peat. Damn this is solid and the barrel is complementary to the base beer. Ughsmash (7502) - 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". bhensonb (15965) - 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.
ACHops (1688) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2013
On tap @ Beer Junction. I’m assuming this is the listed beer, Hale’s no longer calls it Pikop Andropovs Rushin... And it’s listed as bourbon barreled. Anyway, pours inky black with thick mocha brown head that retains well. Aroma is sharp boozy bourbon and not much else. Taste is smooth roasty malt with a rich somewhat thin body. Big bourbon barrel flavor on the back. Potent, high abv easily noticed. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Sadly a case of poor aging. The effect here is drinking thinned and not particularly good whiskey. The taste is bitter whiskey. No stout comes through at all. Just not that good. C-
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mackRIS (39) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
On tap pours dark reddish brown. Aroma chocolate, roast, alcohol, bourban, oaky. Flavor is sweet bourban, chocolate, coffee, vanilla.