TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark with thin lasting head. White creamy head. Aroma is lots of barrel characteristics. Bitter malts and hops as well. Taste is the same, dry roasted malts and bitter. Really bitter. Solid. deyholla (12703) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has lots of dark grains and roasted malts with a nice dryness supporting. Flavor has bitter dark grains throughout with some dark chocolate, roasted malts and a dry finish. Travlr (26949) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle from the source. Pours jet black with a thick and creamy brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate, dark candied fruit, espresso. Taste has dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, licorice. Delicious. 3fourths (9381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle shared by Eazy-E. Deep brown to black body with a lasting beige head. What starts out for me as chocolate-milk-coffee-roast dominant in the nose develops more complexity as it breathes and warms: red wine / plum esters, herbs, metal and mineral phenols, sea salt and oyster shell, malt becomes more focused roast / blackened bread crust. Medium bodied, semi-sweet, moderately acidic and bitter, tart. It’s a lovely combination of silky malt and fluffy carbonation with acidity, and the finish is scrumptious - lip smacking, acidic, wine-like burnt bread crusts and scorched malt, with a mossy / green / almost peat-like finishing quality. Definitely fits into the Harvey’s paradigm. gregwilsonstl (2737) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Black. Smells quite sweet. Lots and lots of oak. Acidic. Not sure what I think about this. If I liked whiskeys I guess I’d like this as a session whiskey. Its just all oak barrel, nothing else. Some vanilla. Its real boozy, but "only" 7.5%. Thx AkAndy
Ernest (7918) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2015 Bottle (2014 vintage). Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, semi-rocky, brown, fully lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, espresso, unsweetened chocolate), with notes of anise/fennel, minerals, smoke, tar, oak, salt, red wine. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter, lightly salty. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, lightly salty. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Have had a bunch of these on this trip and happily it remains very solid. Very much in the Harvey’s Imperial Stout vein...quite vinous and complex. Wish their canned offerings were this solid. baraciisch (3476) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Black pour with beige head... Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, wood.... Flavor is fairly sweet, notes of vanilla, roasted malts give way to big oaky wood notes, smoke, dark chocolate, overripe fruits... Solid, maybe a tad sweet for my liking
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13 July 2015, bottle. black. nose is burnt malt and toasted malt. med body and mildly fizzy. in tiny sips it tastes ok but bigger sips and it is bad. sweet, acidic, metallic. AirForceHops (8186) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 4, 2015
375 ml bottle thanks to SHIG. 2014 printed on the label. Nice lasting tan head with a great mild chocolate and oak aroma. WillRunForBeer (2810) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2015
The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a dense texture that makes it feel like it is stronger than 7.5%. The flavor is oak dominate with chocolate and muted vanilla tones. Lingering oak after the swallow. Secondary hints of dark fruits. Nice.
12oz bottle shared by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, licorice, oak. Flavor is very chocolaty, vanilla, tons of oak.