dolemike1 (1289) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Jet black with a big creamy tan head, nose of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, flavors were big and prominent, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, with a moderate hop finish. Delicious. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.
Pours a dark brown color, similar to Coca Cola. The head is off-white. The aroma is strongly wood and bourbon and some vanilla. The flavor is similar with lots of vanilla as well as wood, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. One of the more complex tasting beers I have had in a while. Medium body and low carbonation. Awesome beer. BlackWarrior (220) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Dark brown with thick tan head, good lacing. Dark chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee notes mixed with a sweetness of caramel and cherries. Nice creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. A slight burnt coffee flavor mixed with alcohol, malt and vanilla. An excellent stout with a nice complexity worth savoring. cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2010
12 oz bottle 2009. Pours thin dark black with little tan head. Aroma of vanilla caramel, bourbon and pine. Served at cellar temp, you can really taste the booze and for 8.5% it’s pretty hot. Great taste of a sweet milk chocolate then a mild coffee finish. Bourbon lingers on the tongue for a while. Very solid take on aging a straight stout. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
22. pours nearly jet black with caramel at the edges. loose tan ring of foam. big bourbon and vodka twang nose. creamy chocolate there too. roast, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla on the mid palate. long sweet finish.
bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2010
22oz bottle shared by suzyg. Pours a thinner dark cola black with thin loose bubbles that make up a small halo around my glass. Slightly sweet with carob, some dark malt, quite a bit of peat, a little vanilla that blends into faint wet barrel notes. Thin body feel, not much in the way of stou in feel or flavor. The flavors that jump out is the bite of the barrel and tobacco oxidation notes along with faint carob and bread. Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2010
0.65 l bottle at Monks Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Dark brown color. Sweet aroma with vanilla and chocolate. Sweet flavor with lots of vanilla and oak. Roasted malts and chocolate are in the background, masked by oak. This is too oaky and there are some alcohol sharpness. Sweet dessert drink. kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
never would of known this was a stout. pours a deep dark brown with light penetration on the edges and a finger thick head that was mocha colored and fell at a medium rate. the body is very dark with very little light penetration on the edges. the aromas are almost like a barleywine and very fruity with notes of oak wood, dark malts, sugar, and some alcohol. it is almost full bodied and there is a strong chocolate and vanilla taste with a ton of sugar. little to sweet for me. has a smooth mouth feel and i get an alcohol burn as it goes down. the oak is present and might have been overdone. it finishes dry leaving a pungent aftertaste that was almost balanced. Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
bottle thanks again to thirdeye11. poured dark brown with a thin beige head. aroma was bourbon, toffee, caramel, and oak. flavor was bourbon, spices, hot, vanilla, and dry oak. body was light-medium with high carbonation. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2009
12oz bottle from Orland Park Binny’s. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Aromas of oak, roasted malt, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavors of booze, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Not a big enough stout to hold up to the barrel as oak and booze dominate the flavor of the beer. First RIS stout that I could see through is a while. Expected more.