nearbeer (5713) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2018
33 cl. bottle bbe Nov. 2018. Jet black with a cobweb disc of foam. Nose is dark bread, cocoa, and espresso with a touch of cream. Flavor is the same mix plus some ash and graham cracker. Just a nice little kiss of whiskey and barrel developing after a few sips. Medium mouthfeel with almost-medium carbonation and an easy drinking balance. dimeon (530) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 17, 2018
A: Pitch black with a small tan head
N: Beef broth, liquorice.
T: Plenty of roastiness, savory, hints of whisky sweetness.
O: Very flavourful, but could do with a bit more complexity.
Emeister84 (2715) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2018 330mL bottle from Vintage Wines. Aromas of whiskey, coffee, burnt chocolate, oak. Black with a fairly lasting beige head. Dry, a fair amount of whiskey barrel flavor, roasty, bittersweet chocolate. Full bodied. bhensonb (16124) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 9, 2018
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a darkish tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with a slight hint of Irish whiskey. Med body or so. Flavor is chocolate, rather dark, with dark malt and a detectable amount of whiskey that's definitely not Bourbon or peated Scotch. Staves must have been a bit dry; it could use a stronger whiskey note. Nice drink tho. Fairly towards dry, and bitter enough in an earthy way. superspak (6371) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2018 330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/20/2017. Pours fairly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, whiskey, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, whiskey staves, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, whiskey, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, coconut, vanilla, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/peppery hop, roast/char bitterness; and whisky/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness, whiskey, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, smoke, char, coconut, vanilla, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, whiskey staves, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.1%. Overall this is a delicious whiskey/oak aged Stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, whiskey staves, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying hop/charred finish. As with most of these, the "barrel" presence isn't huge, but definitely adequate. Nice bready/roasted English malt complexity with balanced whiskey/oak notes. This tastes like more of a Foreign stout with the overall hop presence. A very enjoyable and well made offering.
Reid (2699) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2018
11.2 oz. single bottle purchased from Trader Joe in Salem OR
Pure black beer with a large thick and frothy light tan/beige head.
Aroma of dark fruit..black currant and of mild chocolate..some brown whole wheat bread.
Taste is smooth fruity and creamy coffee at the same time with a nice hint of whiskey. Good stuff.
Mouth feel is low to medium carbonation with a medium oily body ( i didnt get the high carbonation other raters talked about).
Good beer..great to see this in Trader Joe
chinchill (5451) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2018
Served in a goblet from a 330 ml bottle with a BB date of Nov. 2018.
This is an Irish whisky barrel aged Scottish stout. The ruby colored edges indicate a clear body but it is so dark as to be opaque. A rather minimal, bubbly and weak tan head.
Distinct and unusual aroma and flavor, presumably from the "Irish whisky barrel staves". It certainly has some woody notes. Mild for style.
Medium-full body with medium carbonation and good smoothness. Stuu666 (15529) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2017
Keg at the beer kitchen. Pours deep brown, nose is funk, burnt toffee, roasted, taste is similar, harsh finish. cgarvieuk (26609) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2017
keg at the kitchen... Dark black.. Thin tan lacing.. Soft sweet chocolate roast malts nose.. big dry chocolate roast.. heavy sweet chocolate malts... Thin roast finish too fizzy tombyars (1815) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2017
Tasted this at the Beer Kitchen, Glasgow (Innis & Gunn taproom) on the 6th November 2017. Keg dispense, 1/2 pint. Dull black in colour with a thin buff head. Malt in the aroma with notes of mocha coffee long in the nose. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex delivers a moist maltloaf base with strong flavours of dark bournville chocolate, liquorice and mocha coffee. There is a slight hop prickle in the background giving a light bitter note to the brief aftertaste. Finish is very smooth and malty with drier flavours of strong black coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice full in the mouth. Subtle hints of vanilla oak and whisky are vague but evident on the palate. This is a well crafted complex Stout with an old fashioned complexity and flavours, highly enjoyable.