jcartamdg (3436) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Really dark brown almost black. Aroma is bourbon and chocolate/caramel malt. Taste follows, smooth and chocolatey. I really like This beer. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and a little bit of maple. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, maple, chocolate, and honey. Medium body, crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2012
still quite hot from the bottle. Some maple messiness seems out of place, bourbon notes meld well and backed up by nice honey character. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Tasted on draft at the 2011 12 South Winter Warmer. Pours black with no head, but a thin collar of tan lace. The nose is vanilla and coconut oak with dark chocolate, and dusty, roasted coffee beans. The flavor is features the lightly sweet vanilla and coconut up front, moving to the dark chocolate and coffee, not as dusty as the nose, and finishing with more vanilla and a touch of dill oak treatment. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long, oaky, dark chocolate, and coffee finish. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Joey pulled this out at CCB for us, thanks! Nearly black pour, dark brown head. Aroma of bourbon and cocoa puffs. Flavor is much the same, very smooth, not hot at all. Really a great brew!
50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Bottle shared by JW at the pre-Huny tasting. Dark brown pour with a faint off white head. Dark roasted malts, caramel, and bourbon aromas. Coo puffs, dark toasted malts, and supper mellow bourbon. Nice body and well balanced. A fantastic beer. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle at CCB tasting party. Black and viscous. Aroma of coffee and roast. Sweet silky rich lovely body. Balancing acidity. Like a great short of espresso but perfectly chilled. phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. I forgot to write down the bottle number out of 298, but this was the 2011 release. Pours a deep, dark brown with some amber around the edges and a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, honey, maple, tobacco, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. I expected more sweetness from the honey and maple, but it all really comes together in a smooth, mellow way. Beautiful flavor of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, maple, bourbon, molasses, fired oak, toasted sugar, and coffee. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. This one exceeded expectations. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
22oz bottle, #245/298, courtesy of a cool BA trader. pretty damn excited to try this one. pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and sits almost black in the glass topped by a smooth, thin, dark beige head that leaves oily sheets of lace. aroma is absolutely fantastic with heavy notes of cinnamon and spice oatmeal, griddled french toast, roasted coffee, and honey graham cookies backed by wet earth, tobacco, and molasses with smooth, elegant notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon barrel emerging as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful as well rich notes of woody bourbon, vanilla, and toasted oak coming to the forefront ahead of sweet maple syrup, oatmeal, and smokey malts with subtle notes of bitter molasses, black cherries, and spent coffee grinds on the back end. palate is medium bodied yet smooth and rich on the swallow with just a trace of barrel infused heat ahead of the dry, semi-sweet, roasted finish. overall, an damn nice brew from JO’s. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #33 of 298. I didn’t get a chance to try this at the release, so here we go.
4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is good given the ABV and lots of lacing is left behind.
5.0 S: Wow, this smells wonderful. There’s a perfect balance between the stout and the barrel. Strong, yet supple roastiness. Plenty of cacoa and rich milk chocolate. The maple syrup adds complexity and gives this a uniqueness from JO’s other big stouts. The honey is tough to find, but is there if you sniff deep enough. Barrel and bourbon give leather, earthy woodiness, vanilla, and hints of melon. Booze is hidden well.
4.0 T: Taste is a lot like the nose, but with a touch more booze. Big roastiness is there, which gives just a touch of burntness on finish. Chocolate joins caramel to add a sweet touch. Again, maple syrup adds a nice complexity and the honey is hard to find. The bourbon adds the leather, melon, and vanilla again, but also gives a touch of astringency on finish.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but I wish this was more creamy.
3.5 D: This started off with so much potential in the nose. While this is still a tasty beer, it isn’t a masterpiece. I’d put this a couple hairs below Dark App and several hundred hairs below Oil. Worth a drink. That was my first and only bottle, so adu till next release.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-07-2011 00:34:47