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. 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. Ernest (7940) - 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. 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. 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.
savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with a dense tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, oak, fruity yeast esters and coffee. Flavor is boozy bourbon and oak with plenty of chocolate and light roasted malt. Medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Really good beer, great oak and bourbon character with a fantastic base beer. Super flavorful yet still has great drinkability. 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. AirForceHops (8322) - 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. Duchammer (186) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2014
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.
Poured jet black with tan head. Nice subtle aroma malt pruny oak and vanilla. Nice balance malt roast with oak leads into a dry finish. Alcohol is really hidden. Nice job WillRunForBeer (2810) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2015
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.