AndyW68 (1589) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 2/23/13. 22 oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Yeah. Keep in mind I had this one JUST after sampling some BCBS.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color that isn’t particularly thick looking. The head is a less-than-one finger khaki shade. Obviously the retention won’t be particularly good, but it at least tries to leave nice lacing on the cup.
S: Whilst it’s very good, it’s not as gorgeously rich as I expected. There’s some subtle chocolate, mocha, licorice, and vanilla. One has to REALLY concentrate to find the bourbon - but it’s there...I suppose.
T: Quite sweet. I like the dark chocolate in the midtaste, before it becomes a combination of mocha and bittersweet vanilla. I didn’t expect much depth, but there is a nice bit of subtle complexity to it.
M: This seems a bit thin to me. The aftertaste is a little less sweet than I expected (but, it’s still dessert in a glass) and almost comes off like an imperial porter due to the lack of creamy and roasty qualities. It’s carbonated finely.
O: It’s a damn shame this had to follow BCBS, because this is still quite good as a dessert beer. I’d compare it favorably to Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea - a sweet, vanilla-and-chocolate laden offering that fits the cold, nasty Maryland day to a tee. It could have really used more bourbon presence, though.
Oh my god this is good. Dark pour with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate malt. Taste is creamy chocolate light roast malt. Incredible. nasty3939 (33) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2017
On tap at Chan’s in Destin. Appearance and aroma were on point. The flavor was dark chocolate covered cherries. A tad too much for me but would be an excellent beer for those that like the cherries being out front. The bourbon barrel aging came in at the end. ffaoe (874) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2017
strong cacao and faint vanilla aromas. pitch black in color with decent light brown head. full body. taste is of chocolate, light notes of coffee, vanilla, and oak. StoutMama (1) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2017 does not count
Loved everything from the mouthfeel to the rich chocolate and fruit flavor. ehaak26 (658) - - OCT 17, 2016
Tap at HopCat. Aroma was lots of chocolate with a nice boozy finish from the barrel.
bytemesis (8985) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Tap. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma of Rich chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, really chocolate, restrained bourbon, vanilla, oak. Light bitter. Lightish body, but otherwise very refined. drsordr (2798) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Draft to taster at cappy’s pour opaque black with thin tan head. Nose slightly syrupy, Bourbon, molasses, some dark fruit, and light roast. Taste boozy, then vanilla Bourbon, milk chocolate, light roast. Roasted vanilla finish. Voodoo (695) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Pours a deep cola brown with a light brown head which is gone quickly.....aroma of coffee, booze, chocolate, vanilla.....taste follows aroma with the booze a bit more hidden but still present. The wood oak flavor comes through a hint of raisin, along with bourbon and a heavy but not overly done mouthfeel. Almost a refreshing big beer and quite well done. Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Thin dark brown of varying sized which dissipated rather quickly. Rich malty aroma with lots of chocolate, molasses, rubber and a decent bourbon nose. Color is a very dark brown that is not fully opaque. Much livelier on the tongue with zippy carbonation than i would have expected from the head. Very creamy and smooth. Lots more milk chocolate, anise, dark roasted malts, heavy cream and a bit of accent bourbon again. Light alcohol presence. Finishes super creamy as it coats the tongue and mouth. A pleasure to drink! commonshawn (1311) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Tap at heavy seas in Baltimore with commonmac and rosskyle and samadouche. Black with medium off white tan head. Smells roasted and chocolate. Chocolate, roasted malt, full body. Good sweetness. Fairly typical for a chocolate stout.