Leighton (22555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle shared during Scopey’s 5K tasting - Croydon, London. Many thanks to Colin! Pours black-brown with a creamy tan head. Rich vanilla creme aroma, light chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with some chalky cocoa, oily vanilla, tangy dark fruits. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, oily, with gritty earth, dried vanilla pods. The texture is a bit odd. Just OK overall. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2015
22oz bottle, shared by Josh in Athens, OH. Black color, thin tan head. Leaves decent bits of lace. Whoa. Impressive dark fruit, raisin, and tasty vanilla bean to this. The vanilla bean comes in especially nice here, along with chocolate syrup. Medium-plus body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Nice bit of chewiness. Impressively not-infected, as many people here are commenting. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter, some mild dryness. A little oxidization, but little to no sourness. Just nice choc. syrup and vanilla. A little passed, but nice, fun thing to try, great aroma. orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Another one from Deuane. Bottle number 41 / 225. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
A - Pours deep brown, borders on black, with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of rich vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak tannins, spicy run, and the ever present dark roasted malt. The vanilla is strong but it doesn’t get to the point of being overpowering.
T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet vanilla slowly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, chocolate, butterscotch, dry oak tannins, spicy rum, and a bit of booze. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for some time.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, roasted, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.
O - Pretty damn good. Jackie O’s really does know how to use rum barrels the right way. This one had a lot of sweetness but the other flavors did just enough to keep it in check.
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near back with a thin tan head. The nose is vanilla, roasted malt, coffee. The taste is caramel, peanut butter, vanilla. Medium bodied. 4.0 drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with brown hue. Nose dark chocolate, trace of coffee. Taste roast, some dark fruit, dark chocolate. Mid palate light rum. Vanilla comes through in the roasty finish.
Theydon_Bois (20920) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, acquired from an IP trade with dat man from Noo Joisey - J T Clockwork - 15/02/14. Scopey (15879) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Black with a moderate tan covering.
Nose is chocolate vanilla, light rum esters, dark malts, dark toffee fudge, all fairly mellow but pulls together what it says on the tin.
Taste comprises tangy dark fruits up front, brown sugars, rich chocolate, vanilla essence, light rum BA, not quite the same depth as the aromas.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation.
Solid enough impy, ticks the boxes, delivers the flavours but not top draw. Easy drinker though and the alcohol is well disguised.
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Bottle, thanks to Colin. It pours oily, near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich, vanilla, toffee, oily, milk chocolate, fudge, rum & raisin ice cream and candy. The taste is tangy, dark fruits, toast, vanilla, plum, raisin, prune, vanilla and rum with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth, but solid nonetheless. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle cheers to Colin at Paul’s 5000th. Pours black with a dark tan rim. Nose is huge pepper and vanilla, mass raisin sweetness and prunes. Nose really showcases sweet rum barrels. Taste us tangy behind all the spice and vanilla. Loads of orange zest, lemon, vanilla beans, butter coffee and a touch of aniseed. Touch too thin for my liking. A well done beer wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottled in 2011 #155/255 BelgianBeerGal (4174) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours nearly black dark brown with a very thin tan head that quickly disappears. The nose is cola, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, and dark chocolate. The flavor is a bit more muddled and messy with more cola and maple, and the vanilla, dark chocolate, and coffee taking more of a back seat. The body is full with light carbonation and a long cola, dark chocolate, and vanilla finish. I subsequently tasted this beer again, and it had a strange orange oil aroma and the flavor was much lighter. It may have been a different batch.
2012 batch #103/240 picked up from the brewery. Pours like a typical stout with a smaller brown head that dissipates quickly. Nice aroma of chocolate, vanilla and booze (although I couldn’t swear it was rum). The flavor is dominated at first by a relatively sharp, tart fruit flavor but it finishes with some roasted malt and coffee bitterness. Good but I’m not sure if that touch of sourness was intended.