Travlr (24277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Draft. Black, dark brown head. Boozy aroma, taste is oily chocolate with prominent whiskey. Not bad. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2009
Inky black-brown. Still. Rich molassesy nose - you can smell how oily this is going to be. Intense, oily body. Molasses starts, then the barrel kicks in, bringing wood, lots of heat, and dark fruits. Burly alcoholic signature. The barrel is assertive but not overwhelming. So sweet and chewy. Reminds me of a rich, minerally, estate chocolate. Quality. mcberko (17178) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
On tap at Brouwerís Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma brings out big whiskey notes, and a bit of vanilla - not much of the base beer detectable on the nose. Flavour does, however - bringing out notes of lush chocolate and whiskey. The barrels donít overburden the base beerís elegant qualities, but instead accentuates the flavours beautifully. Silky, soft palate. Amazing stuff. brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours black as can be but also with very little carbonation and essentially no head. Smells of whiskey and a touch of vanilla, but fairly boozy. Some roasted malt, maybe some oak, and thatís about it. Not much complexity. The flavor is a touch aggressive on the alcohol flavor. Lots of whiskey and wood flavor, quite a bit of roast too. Could use a lot more vanilla and chocolate to soften things and sweeten it up. A big let down. bhensonb (15083) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Tap at The Tasty Weasel. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aromas of whiskey and dark malt. Full+ body and minor carbonation. Flavor is very burnt malt/some sugars/fair amount of oak. And whisky pervades all. Super excellent. Extreme whiskey influence.
Ratman197 (14668) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
On tap @ 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured an opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, licorice, carmel, oak and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smoooth. Flavors of whiskey, licorice, carmel, vanilla and dark chocolate with a lingering roasty finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Draft. No head atop viscous brown-black body. Aroma is sweet, milk chocolate, whiskey, toffee/caramel, light grapefruit/earthy. Taste is sweet, vinous/lactic, milk chocolate, some cherry, whiskey. Sticky medium-full body, no carbonation. Too big to drink very much of. Drake (13639) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Served on draft as part of the Black Moonday event at Capital Alehouse in Richmond, VA. Pours a chocolate brown color with very little head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, caramel and some fruity notes. Taste is roasted malts, moderate bourbon, slight toffee and a cheesy note. Full bodied. BeerandBlues2 (13202) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
Draught at the 6th Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours opaque with an average, fizzy, dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, coffee), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, prune, and date. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, roastiness, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, light licorice, and chocolate with a more carbonated than expected mouthfeel and a dry finish.