drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Beer shared by someone at a recent tasting. Poured into a snifter. Beer is black but brown at the edges and forms moderate and broken head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Overall the carbonation appears low.
The aroma is mostly sweet with only a hint of alcohol.
Beer is medium bodied and has a combination of chocolate and sweetness in the front half, a slight tinge of alcohol and overall a mild bitterness from chocolate and roast. Beer finishes slightly dry that accents the bitterness of the beer overall. It is very drinkable though, the bitterness does not overpower the more delicate flavors in the front, there is no real aftertaste, if it were drier I believe there would be a problem with this much bitter, but it seems well composed.
Serving type: bottle jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, coffee and a little maple. Taste is chocolate, malt and coffee. This beer has a great smooth finish. beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Pours thick and black with a dark creme head. Aromas of sweet fruits like dates and raisins, spices, vanilla, and anise. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and oily, coats the palate well. Rich chocolate, oily, coffee, molasses, and licorice combine to make this one special. The finish is wonderfully long and bitter. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2011
750ml bottle shared with some buddies. 08’ vintage I believe. Dark jet black pour, very thick texture with a brown head. Aroma has hints of vanilla, booze (bourbon), coffee and maple. Flavor has a lot of good chocolate notes to it with malt and maple showing up as well. A very well brewed and balanced beer. lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2011
one of the darkest pours i’ve ever seen with a thin fizzy dark brown head that disappears fast. definitely picking up some dark fruit and barrel aromas. such a smooth taste from a bottle that’s prolly about 2 years old. little bit of tingle on the lips from the high ABV. delicious dark roasty flavor with some noticeable dark fruit taste to it. Finish is amazingly smooth, with some more of that dark fruity taste lingering around. this beer ages to perfection.
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
I had this at dld. Appearance is black, not much to note. The aroma is a little light some coffee, vanilla a little wood. Tasting it its very hard to tell it was barrel aged, there is a little wood to it but I think its muted by using of red wine barrels too. This is a good stout, not great, probably not worth searching out. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Courtesy of my homies. Oily black, minimal head, growing legs. Aroma is pretty freakin tough. Chocolate, maple syrup, light bourbon, vanilla, spot on. Flavor on par, not as sweet as aroma suggests, light roast comes through. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet, but works. Pretty solid brew, well done. Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Courtesy of northernbrewsrayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, maple syrup, vanilla, and a hint of vinuous notes. It pours dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with molasses and chocolate. The finish has dark fruit, vanilla, whiskey, light maple syrup, roast, and slight vinuous notes. Full bodied with a with a slightly oily mouthfeel.
Bottle courtesy of pailhead/northernbrews. Pours jet black, with a thin tan head. mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. Aroma is sweet, with notes of oak, and vanilla. Flavor is roasty with notes of oak, vanilla, and maybe a hint of whiskey. Excellent! corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2010 vintage generously shared by shadowane.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without a hint of lighter color when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy dark mocha head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic splotches and chunks of lacing left behind.
Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with hints of roasted coffee bean, silky chocolate, honey, molasses, bittersweet dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar. Slightly leathery with some earthy oak tannis as well as some faint vanilla. The barrel character is evident but not over powering in the nose letting the other scents shine through.
Chewy medium body that’s on the fuller end with a slightly dry, bitter hop presence and a very roasted malt character. Deep roasted flavor up front with silky bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal. This is countered by a nice creamy lactic presence, that along with the molasses and honey, adds complexity and fullness to the palate. This gives this beer it’s viscosity and sweetness and compliments the earthy oak very nicely. The ABV is excellently masked with little to no heat making it incredibly quaffable. There is subtle heat and warmth in the finish but it’s very faint. It’s unbelievable that this beer is 12.7%. would have guessed under ten percent. Insanely drinkable at this strength.
Overall, I was very impressed with this beer and thought that it was much more complex, flavorful and drinkable than the 09 Kate the Great which was also opened tonight. Highly recommended!