Sammy (11770) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smoke was significant, with some cherry and brandy in the finish. Had a few hours later and smoke eased off. Something different. Bottle from last summer trip.
AWISLguy (2800) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Ray’s in Tosa. Cellar aged 4 months and served at cellar temp. Cola colored pour with a beige head. Aroma has grapey sweet brandy, big cocoa, caramel and vanilla. Taste is of sweet cocoa, brandy, bakers chocolate, caramel with some roast. Medium to maybe full bodied, lowly carbonated. The blend is solid, with some alcohol presence. Finishes more sweet than bittersweet, led by the brandy. Tasty interesting effort. The chocolate/grapey brandy blend is seldom seen. 14.4
mrjaxson (538) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, chocolaty aroma gives way to a full-bodied stout that reveals its brandy-barrel finishing in the sweet taste and aftertaste. A very heavy beverage that’s especially weighty on draft in O’so’s Plover Tap House.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap..Pour is brown with a tan head..Nose is chocolate, roast, smoke, oak, spice..Tatse is roast, chocolate, spice, some smoke, dry..
Bacterial (2949) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Funk Factory GTMW pre-party. Thick black pour with a slight white head. Malty and boozy.
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours thick black with beautiful thick tan head, Roasty aroma with a little brandy and oak. Taste roast malts with cocoa and a little oak. others have felt this was barrel forward - I got a good amount of oak but not much liquor. Nice thick creamy palate. Finish roast and oak. Just not to the level of the top barrel aged stouts but OK.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pitch black center, only a sliver of dark brown at the very edges. Well-retained, light-tan head on top. Big aroma full of alcohol, vanilla, oak, brandy sweetness, licorice, burnt brown sugar, faint syrup, bitter chocolate, & a strong waft of overripe dark fruits in the back-end. Flavor leads with sugar coated plums & figs, followed by a strong sweetness that couples with flavors of anise, licorice, bittersweet cocoa, & molasses. Huge barrel presence, lots of wood & booze. The booze seems almost more like bourbon than brandy. Hints of some vanillin, black cherry, & dark chocolate malt are there, too. Anise, licorice, wood, maple, & bourbon are the biggest survivors in the aftertaste. A heavy ass stout, no doubt.
crossovert (12125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old brew, aged nicely. Very much barrel forward, very smooth and easy-goign.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by drowland, thanks Danny! Pours a really dark brown with a thin light brown head, the aroma has quite a bit of the bourbon coming through and that hides most of the chocolate and vanilla notes, the flavor has mostly bourbon on the front end with some vanilla sweetness in the finish, thick mouthfeel, was hoping for a little more out of this one but I still enjoyed it.
drowland (8152) - Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3/4/13. 750mL discovered in a random tub in the aftermath of RBWG... thanks, whoever! Shared with cbfobes. Deep brown pour, not quite black, with plenty of reds under a small khaki head that I had to work for and it was still loose and soapy and didn’t last. I can smell the sweet booziness before I even raise the glass, but not necessarily in a bad way. Sweet grapey booziness in the aroma with acidic ash, barrel, alcohol, and some sort of almost off-putting almost oxidized aspect. Rich sweet grapey flavor, almost tart, with an ashy roast kick, and lingering bitter roast. Nice.