mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 22oz. bottle, with thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade! Pours a dark brown/black with a one finger tan head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is more subtle than expected, but still full of good stuff - chocolate, espresso, vanilla, molasses, oak, and light bourbon. Flavor is a stronger espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and oak, with a bit of citrus hops on the finish. The barrel aging is well done on this one, very complimentary without taking over and beating everything else out of the way. Nice stuff, thanks again Ben! jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Reviewed 1/13/2010 (Bottle, waxed):
Pours a dark, dark black colored body, can’t see any light through it. Humongous foamy tiny bubble head, extremely lasting, tan brown in color. Roasted aroma, some woodiness. A bit of funkiness too. Not strong an aroma overall. Creamy mouthfeel, chocolate. Roasted coffee, a tiny bit of ash. Tasty not a ton of flavor, lightish. More alcohol as it warms, burning, strong coffee. not too shabby. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours solid black with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, espresso and wood. Flavour of roasted malts, lots of espresso, wood and some spice, light smoke and toasted nuts. Full bodied, roasty and toasty. Nice. CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2013
2013 Vintage Wax Dipped Bomber. Pours jet black with a cap of dark brown foam and bubbles. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and molasses in the aroma with a bit of black cherry and oak. The taste is dominated by dark chocolate, roasted malt and espresso upfront followed by toffee, vanilla and a shot of whiskey at the end. The body is thick and creamy with a dry, charred malt finish. Overall, a solid chocolate whiskey stout. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle at Tampa tasting. Poured black with red highlights and a thin light brown head. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, wood, and some caramel. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel and weak carbonation. Flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. I also got some fruity plum notes and some bourbon. Finishes slightly sweet.
jsnicholas (709) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Bottle (22oz. $): nearly black with brown head. Aroma of chocolate and whiskey. Taste the same bu lots if toasted malts with a metallic taste in the end. I like the style but too many others I like better.
Update: 2/24/15: I do not not think metallic is a good descriptor. Its more of a coffee flavored bitterness, but for me, that’s not really better since I do not like coffee. Was 3.5 now 3.4. gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Yummy! Gorgeous deep brown with tan head and plenty of lace. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, whisky and caramel. Tastes much the same with bitter coffee and bourbon battling it out in the finish. marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle from iowaherkeye. Sweet molasses aroma and dark brown colors. Lighter sweet stout. Milky, some smokiness. smooth and even. Good. Thanks Joey. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap at Beer Junction in Seattle. Black pour, average head, aroma of malt and chocolate. Taste intense and sweet, with a big presence of chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol. Palate is slightly thick, and the finish lingers nicely with the flavors. A big tasty brew that almost pushes the limits, but really works and is something I wish Pike would bottle once a year. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Let me get two annoyances out of the way: First, the wax coating over the bottle cap was very difficult to remove. Second, I’ve never seen a more explosive head--it overflowed my 24 oz glass and the bottle at the same time.
Needless to say, there was a huge, beige head that settled slowly. Some chunky lace.
Smells of dark chocolate and brandy.
The taste is rich, but the body is not. Strong alcohol warmth to the swallow. Again, dark chocolate with a cognac-like touch of raspberries and strawberries. The aftertaste is like unsweetened cocoa. There’s also a bit hop spiciness in the background.
I like the complexity but it good use a fuller body to get to great status.