Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Top notch. The nose is roast and chocolate with touches of smoky vanilla. Transparent black with a tight fine beige head. Balanced between sweet malt and vanilla flavors and roast and smoke bitterness. Full side of medium bodied with a smooth carbonation and mouth feel and a balanced finish. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near-black color with effectively zero head. Nose has some roasting and smokey notes to it. Taste is much smokier than the nose, but very tasty. Smooth drink. elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 March 25th update. Opened a bottle from the cellar and it appears an infection is setting in. Big rocky foamy head that doesn’t go away, stark contrast from fresh bottles. Biggest difference is a funky sour/tart character coming to light in the nose and particularly flavor. Not totally gone at this point...still gonna drink it but not nearly as good as when it was fresh. A shame...
Icecreamman (5) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011 does not count
12oz bottle, served around 50F.
Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head that leaves some sheets and spots of lacing and holds a light creamy cap and ring.
Aroma starts with the smoke, primarily of the smoked meats variety, beneath the smoke is a nice healthy dose of vanilla, really nice, light whiskey notes along with your typical roasted malt, chocolate and coffee of a good porter. Very good strength and quite complex.
Flavor basically follows suit, smoked ham and bacon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, touch of whiskey, fairly sweet, hint of alcohol on the finish. Kind of like a meal and dessert wrapped into one. You get the savory smoked meats along with the sweet, almost sundae like qualities of the vanilla, caramel and chocolate. Unique and very tasty!
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, somewhat creamy, good carbonation.
Okay so this is really good. Excellent smoky notes along with a lot of vanilla...definitely lives up to its name. The whiskey barrel aspect does take a backseat, but there is enough going on here where that isn’t a big issue with me.
Bottle from Stein’s Deli in New Orleans. Pours dark with a nice, lasting tan head. Nothing too blockbuster here but I enjoy the mellow mix of smoke, vanilla and a lil bourbon. Malty, creamy and smooth. I would drink this pretty regularly if the price and availability were right. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Pours a nice deep chocolate brown with a small tan head that recedes slowly to a thick collar.
Aroma is interesting and heavy on smoked malts with some hints of vanilla. There are some roasty malts and a little bakers chocolate underneath.
The taste is excellent and has a few interesting things going on. The smoked malts are still there but the vanilla is a little more prominent as is the chocolate and malts in the backbone.
Smooth feel with good carbonation.
I’m a big, big fan of this beer and I’m pretty excited about what ABC has been putting out lately. Get some now.
hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Draft… This beer rocks!… Black ale with a small, fluffy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is of milk chocolate and robust vanilla flanked by light hickory smoke and a touch of maple syrup. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavor unveils toasted nuts, chocolate and vanilla. Pleasantly sweet, milk chocolate and vanilla finish. Very agreeable. World class stuff! Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Black, small brown head fades leaving little residue. Aroma of chocolate, wood, light char, light tart berry. Taste doesn’t have the hot whiskey flavors that a lot of these beers do. I am having this after a Yazoo SUE and honestly I would rather drink another one of these than SUE. That’s hard to say since Yazoo in my local TN brewery, but it’s the truth. The texture is better than the SUE. The complexity is better than the SUE because of the whiskey addition. Great stuff. Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Aroma is SERIOUSLY smoky, like burnt green wood, with a hint of, yep, you guessed it, vanilla, and a touch of coffee. It pours a warm opaque sable with a thick, fluffy, persistent light tan head. Smoky flavor has vanilla, coffee and molasses notes to it. Firm-bodied texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a woody, smoky finish that has hints of coffee and yeast. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours beautiful dark chocolate with a decent off white head. The aroma is predominantly smoked malts with light sweetness, not much vanilla in the nose though. The flavor brings smooth notes of smoked malts and light vanilla on a smooth body that has no alcohol notes at all. jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
A good lesson in not always judging a beer by the brewery....been looking at this one in my beer fridge with trepidation given my less than stellar experiences with RBBC and this doesn’t suck. Pours dark brown almost black with a very small white head. Chocolate, vanilla, and maple dominate the aroma. The smoke flavor is light, but keeps this from crossing into over sweet territory. A little of the bourbon character which goes so well with the flavor. Good beer,