hopscotch (10901) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler... Pours dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The nose offers a malty, fruity mèlange of rich, gooey caramel, Cuban roast and espresso-ground mocha, and a nice touch of sticky, tropically-grown vanilla beans, toasted coconut and dark berries. Light-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is of thin, dumbed-down caramel, coconut, and a tangy, fruity, berry component. Finishes tangy and chocolaty, but mostly falls flat. Growler courtesy of the always-selfless Elliesbrown. Thanks Zack!
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Raleigh Rare and Vintage Festival 2013. Clear brown pour. Smells exactly like play-doh and pound cake. Raspberry chocolate flavor, with a slight bit of bourbon, but not vanilla or woody. Didn’t really think too highly of this.
GTAEgeek (2085) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Secret Stash Bash. Black, with a small, tan head. The aroma is vanilla, toffee, raspberries, and milk chocolate. The raspberry is very forward, but blended very nicely with the bourbon notes. The flavor is basic stout, with a roasted bitterness and a sweet, malty finish. Heavy body and sticky, with some lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very delicious beer, with a combination of common flavors, but done right. I wish I could get this more often (and in bigger pours).
chinchill (4609) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Highland Bourbon Barrel-Aged Raspberry Mocha Stout served in a nonic.
Poured with a generous but modestly durable head. Looks black/brown and nearly opaque yet clear.
S: too much contribution from the bourbon barrel.
T: again, too much contribution from the bourbon barrel, but less of a problem than with the aroma. Ample raspberry, faint coffee and hops. Lots of oak.
M: Nicely smooth, medium+ body.
O: (disclosure: not a fan of bourbon). The regular Black Mocha Stout is a relatively frequent beer for me, and I may prefer it to the admittedly more interesting and complex variant.
emacgee (4658) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick dark black pour with a tan head. Rich bourbon notes in the nose, nice vanilla and chocolate with the raspberry coming through for sure. Reminds me of BCS Bramble a little... Very nice flavor, rich chocolate and subtle berry notes with vanilla and a lightly tart/tannic seed quality. Overall, it was very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Yummy but not to aromatic. The bells bbl cherry is better. Not to much flavor. Worth a try.
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