tmoreau (4642) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2017
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters showing a deepest brown color, with a presentable layer of brownish tan froth, and dots & dashes of foamy lacing. The nose was roasted, a bit more cocoa than coffee, a light presence of dark fruit, subtle smoke, and a touch of soy that only lingered in the aroma. Otherwise, the taste was similar, adding some booze & warmth, medium+ body, soft carbonation, and complementary balance with roasted, tannic, & earthy bitterness. Quite tasty & smooth with or without the anger management. Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
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 (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2016
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 (618) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2015
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 (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Tap..Pour is brown with a tan head..Nose is chocolate, roast, smoke, oak, spice..Tatse is roast, chocolate, spice, some smoke, dry..
Bacterial (3051) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2015
On tap at Funk Factory GTMW pre-party. Thick black pour with a slight white head. Malty and boozy. Rando7 (787) - Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2015
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
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.