hopscotch (11238) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a tiny, creamy, khaki head with no staying power. The nose is a mélange of dark chocolate, bourbon, a hint of red wine, sour cherries and a faint nutty component. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of sour cherries and burnt chocolate The acidic component is dominant here. Finishes tart, mildly burnt and moderately bitter. Thanks so much to darkguardian for sharing yet another world class beer with the south Florida crew! JStax (7179) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Poured on draft. Pretty much an inky black with a dark brown head of foam. Aroma is primarily boozy bourbon with an accentuation on sour cherries and chocolate.The wild yeast plays nicely off the cherries in this giving it an interesting feel. The bourbon and cherries are the predominant flavors in the taste but they give way to a wonderful tart finish. This would make for a pretty cool dessert if it were made. Bourbon glazed sour cherries drizzled with melted chocolate. This one is probably my favorite of the first two Dark Robustics. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is big tart cherries, some chocolate, oak, funky and sour Brett, a hint of bourbon, and some roast. As this warms, the tartness remains big, but the chocolate and roast really come out nicely. Flavor is similar. Lots of tart cherries and funk up front with a nice oak and chocolate in the middle. A nice bourbon presence with a light roast towards the end as this finishes dry with lots of tart cherries, oak, and a nice dark chocolate. Again, the chocolate and roasts really come out nicely as this warms. Lengthy aftertaste with a light to moderate bitterness and a bit of a sour pucker lingers. Medium-light body and a slightly lively, light tickle of carbonation. Overall, an awesome sour barrel aged impy. Tons of tart cherries with a nice funk, wood, light bourbon, and solid chocolate and roast notes that really come out nicely as this warms. Very impressed with this one. Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours a dark dark brown with a deep tan head that goes away quickly. Aroma is so complex there is deep fruit and there is alcohol but comes through with bourbon and woody notes. Flavor is so complex, this beer is awesome, deep rich malt with complex fruits and earthy woody and it’s Bretty and funky and jut a great beer overall I love everything that is going on with this beer! Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Sample at Jackie O’s as part of Ohio Brew Week. The beer pours black with a bit of ruby around the edges and a thin light beige head that diminishes quickly. Minimal lacing noted. The aroma consists of tart cherries and roasted malt. Full-bodied with a moderately sour cherry character and notes of chocolate malt and a bit of oak. The finish is fruity with a tart cherry aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around.
AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Identical in appearance to #2 except a little more head and carbonation on glass edges
figs and cherries. Dry grape tannins. Bourbons
Wow. Excellent level of tannins. More akin to a very dry an sweet Cabernet Sauvignon. Nice level of bourbon. Away dark cherries. Tart wild finish
50% carbonation. Medium body. alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Draft at Jackie O’s. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small fine beige head. The aroma is chocolate, barrel notes, dark cherry that is both sweet and tart with some acidity and wild character. The flavor has dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, black cherry, tart, red wine, acidity; with everything working together nicely. No bottle share allowed me to enjoy more of these solid offerings than I did in the past. 50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Swing top courtesy of Chris. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Roasted malt and caramel aromas. Starts off slightly sour with smooth chocolate and caramel notes to follow and undercurrents of sour cherries. Like all Jackie-O’s stouts this one is a little thin in the body for me, but still very good.. Tmoney99 (14982) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Draft. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, cherry and wood alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt, nutty and dark sweet fruit flavor with a heavy dark cherry sweet & sour and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2012
On tap at the brewpub - Pours dark cola with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is red wine, cherries, and light roasty malt. Cherries dominate the taste, with chocolate notes and finishing with brown sugar and a long, chocolatey red wine flavors. Real smooth on the palate, with gentle, creamy carbonation. Fantastic.