nickel (1224) - UKRAINE - SEP 4, 2017 DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
XV edition. 10 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe (a couple weeks ago). The aroma is a bit roasted with plenty of bourbon, woodiness, and vanilla character. Some chocolate sweetness is also present. Really nice aroma, but it could be more aromatic. A little faint. Opaque black body with a creamy tan head and great lacing left behind. Starts a little sweet with some vanilla character, before more bourbon flavor comes through in the middle. Becomes a bit woody. Finishes dry with more hints of bourbon. Ethanol is hidden nicely. The body is a bit light, and this is a touch too dry for me.
Aroma: explosive aroma of bourbon, wood, chocolate and coffee
Taste: thick and saturated flavor of chocolate, wood, coffee and roasted malt.
Tastes like mild and drinkable bourbon enhanced by coffee and chocolate.
scotlandjake (7) - - AUG 7, 2017 does not count
but nice and rich coffee flavored
Good dark stout. Not the best. But good
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beskid (271) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2017 vs XIX. Noble aroma with caramel, moss, wet forest, alcohol. Very drinkable with coffee, chocolate, lots of barrel notes, vanilla. A little bit more body and less carbonation could make it perfect. ads135 (4924) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 11, 2017
Aged this an additional five years and it may have been a bit too long. Would’ve like a bit more sweetness. Prefer the un-barrel aged version. SG111 (1974) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2017 Bottled, XIX vintage. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is aged cheese. I’m hearing a lot of these got infected and that makes sense. Still has some leather, bourbon, musty, wine-like, sort of like Nelson hops. Flavor is bourbon, lots of leather, tobacco, smoke, chocolate, cheesey and kinda off. Probably infected which is a shame.
Dimitri8 (95) - Pabianice, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
2011 Bardzo fajny aromat beczki wymieszany z czekoladą. Gładkie, zero alkoholu, w smaku jak w aromacie. Genialne. Aroma of dark chocolate, oak and coffee. Flavor quite similar to aroma Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2017
Negra de espuma bege de média formação e pouca persistência.
O que se destaca no aroma é toffe e leve amadeirado, um pouco de acidez inesperada ao fundo.
Dulçor de média intensidade e leve torrado com madeira.
Corpo e carbonatação médios.
Final trás mais do Bourbon e amadeirado, mas faltou com a complexidade da versão tradicional, talvez tenha sido mal armazenada ou algo similar, ficou devendo. williamstome (1962) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2017
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, oak and mocha. Fantastic flavor, quite similar, quite chocolaty. dinkle50 (1531) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2017
Review is for XVII
Jet black pour with a thin espresso head. Aroma is big time oak. Just tons of barrel character as well as some bourbon. A little chocolate as well. Medium bodied. Chocolate blast in the flavor along with some wood notes. Slight alcohol burn in the finish. Dark chocolate bitterness at the end as well. A little lace present. kevinator (2613) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Version XVII. Rich and full. Dark and heavy. Roasted malt, oak, toast, coffee with a slight sweetness. Bourbon was supportive, not overwhelming.