Travlr (27150) - 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. deyholla (12806) - 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. douglas88 (9897) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2014
Small bottle. Pours a jet black color with a medium tan head. The aroma is roasted malts, some oak and cherry. The flavor is woody, super roasyty, metallic, a bit of chewy sweetness, tobacco. Bready. Good. 3fourths (9386) - 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. AirForceHops (8311) - 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.
Ernest (7940) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 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.
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. AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle. Black body with tan head. Milk chocolate, black licorice, medium roast malt aromas. Semi sweet chocolate, black licorice, dark roast malt, light ash, earthy flavors__good Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Thanks Sean for sending.
This was poured into a mini-snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with no head nor lacing.
The smell had a huge roasted coffee bean up front with ample amounts of cocoa and then a slice of vanilla sweetness to heighten a light bourbon flavor.
The taste was roasty and sweet through vanilla, cocoa and coffee bean. It starts to get a tad woody and brings in to combine in the aftertaste delicately. A slightly sticky finish runs about nicely.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with the subtle roasty qualities laying across my tongue in a really nice fashion.
Overall, foreign/export stout - yes and on top of it, bourbon barreled, even better, of course I’d have it again. SHIG (5324) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle won at GNHC raffle: Poured a black with red edges, finger light brown colored head. Aroma has strong oak with sweet malt. Nice blend of vanilla and malt, hint of dark chocolate. Blairgus (4631) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2015
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.