DuffMan (10667) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Savvy1982. Viscous black pour, utterly opaque, with a dark brown heavy looking thick pad that tops it off. Aroma has lots of cocoa, with elements of clay, coffee, beef broth, and a touch of sweet cream that isn’t quite vanilla. Boldly flavoured, with bitter cocoa taking center stage, lots of hard roast character, espresso beans, dark fruit acids, and an undercurrent of subtle humidor character. Hearty, heavy, and dense. Very satisfying. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Black pour with fluffy tan head and lace. Coffee, chocolate, and a hinto abv. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a nice abv warmth. Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 From notes. First reviewed 2/25/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. This review is for the 2010 version, with notes from the 08 below.
Berserker does not mess around; this is black all the way though. A tiny coffee colored head fades away and leaves no lace.
The aroma is burnt brown sugar, molasses, anise, and a bit of smoke.
This stout is full of character, with tons of chocolate and roast coffee coming through. Some molasses and brown sugar give a little extra sweetness push. The cabernet barrels impart a vinous and woody flavor, also giving it a slight acidic kick toward the end. As it warms there is quite a bit of smoked malt noticeable as well.
There is a little harsh booze that scalds my throat a bit and warms my throat and stomach. Definitely full bodied, but also unfortunately a little syrupy and sticky, somewhat due to carbonation that is on the low end.
I was fortunate enough to have the 2008 and 2010 versions side by side. The 2008 was significantly better, almost to the point of being another beer. The 2008 was incredibly drinkable, the 2010 is not quite there yet. The 08 version is much more polished and the flavors blend so well together.
09 (Reviewed 3/13/12): 8/4/8/4/17 pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
2008 vintage bottle, old label, pours dark brown and black, with small tan head, light lace, smell of oak barrels, whiskey , chocolate and coffee, low carbonation, taste is whiskey and oak, as beer warms get more chocolate, coffee and more of oak not to much. Do get sweetness on some sips and if you let it sit in mouth red wine flavor with whiskey, very smooth, perfect beer start to finish!!! SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2012
it’s like i’m wearing a sign .. . deep ruby brown black .. medium foam .. . light roast, burnt caramel, light barrel, and beat up kodiak bear .. . smooth and inky, a fantastic brew! .. . . Come on, eat the can! Come on!
Travlr (26134) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Draft at GABBF. Black, brown head. Aroma of licorice and chocolate. Taste is smooth chocolate and coffee plus a hint of EtOH. Nice. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
FFS This is good. Great roasted , coffee and chocolate aroma. Nice dark , full pour, great chocolate, barrel, and coffee flavor. A goood blend of alcohol and hop. Nice. HonusWagner (2226) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Thick, viscous, very interesting RIS with unique character from the wine barrel, almost a light tartness with a slight nudge towards malbec tannins. Wenever I have had this beer I’ve liked it. maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle shared at Mane Liquor. Pours viscous black with a small, tan head. Head lingers for a surprising amount of time considering the abv. Nice lacing down the glass. At first sniff, the nose is all creme brulee. Lots of vanilla, honey and maple syrup tones. As it opens up, loads of dark cocoa powder and molasses come out with a touch of pepper in there too. Dark fruits - dates, raisin soon come into play. Very dessert like nose. Less sweet in the taste, not to say it isn’t sweet at all. Huge coffee in the taste. Triple espresso with layers and layers of vanilla and dark chocolate over the top. Amazingly, almost no heat from the abv. Syrupy mouth feel with a slight sweet warmth on the backend of the palate and a touch of grain. Incredible beer ! Here’s to a big christmas Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
I hate to give a beer such a high rating but this one was worth it. Black, creamy, vanilla, great with any deep flavored dish or cigar. The heat is well masked so you won’t even know what hit ya. Yah Baby!