Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2016
This beer seems to be too many places at once and can’t make up it’s mind on what it is. 750 ml bottle, nice barrel shaped bottle. I have been really happy with the Sam Adams barrel series in the past but this is different. Aroma of bubblegum, caramel, bread, hay, spices,very strange for a stout. Has a candied, fruity flavor, not much roast or toast, strong alcohol presence, slight smoke, phenol character. There is a coffee and chocolate character but it’s lost in the shuffle. More like a dark Belgian strong ale that is confused. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2016
Bottle - pours dark brown tan head. Foamy - nose/taste of cocoa, dark fruit, coffee, oak and bubblegum - medium body. zacgillbanks (5180) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. Inky black in colour with a thick head of white foam. It has a spicy, rich cherry, red berry and oak flavour followed by smooth chocolate, liquorice, vanilla and red fruit on the smooth finish. Excellent! rondphoto (4445) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2016
bottle at Fresh Thyme / Newport KY --- Aroma of malt and light spice. Clear dark mahogany brown, dark tan head, light lace strips. Taste is carbonated malt that is immediately accosted by Christmas spices. A smidgen of coffee and chocolate show in a short finish. Spice dominates this brew for me, leaving it unbalanced, like food that has too much seasoning. tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Shared 25. 4 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a presentable layer of light tan head foam, and spots & clingy spray of lacing. The nose was prune & fig, with cocoa, a touch of dark caramel sweetness, spices, and just a bit of coffee on the back. Medium+ bodied, with moderate carbonation, the taste was similar notes, adding an extra fruit note of dark grape skins, with a bit of tannic astringency to the finish. A pleasant blend of Stout notes, with a Quad-like nature.
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2016
Poured from 750ml bottle.
Opaque, black-brown with a huge tan head and good lacing.
Aroma of berries, dark fruit, menthol, yeast, chocolate, alcohol and a light spiciness.
Taste of slightly sour berries, chocolate, dark fruit, menthol, coffee, yeast, alcohol, oak and roasted malt.
Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization with a slightly slick mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Cool shaped caged-corked bomber into snifter glass; opaque deep dark brown (black) color with tan head. Aroma notes of yeasty fruitiness, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, lightly vinous, roast and caramel. Taste adds coffee, molasses, chocolate nougat, dark fruits (prune heavy), some raisins, light oak and faint Belgian spices. Heavy-medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky, tad dry with lingering fruity roast finish. Interesting dark Belgian stout, need to know there’s a fruity-sour element going into it. wrlangin (224) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
I really enjoyed this beer. Good combination of fruit and chocolate. Well balanced.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone wombat23 (1417) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Shared 25.4 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige, airy cola-like head. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, booze, dark fruit, and a bit of sourness. Tastes of Belgian yeast, mild chocolate, oak, a bit of booze, and a bit of dark fruit; no single flavor dominates. Finish is slightly tart. A complex beer, but unfortunately, the whole is considerably less than the sum of its individual components. darbeer75 (902) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Aroma: malty, coffee notes; Appearance: black with tan head; large bubbles dissipate fairly quickly; Taste: unexpectedly sour for a stout and not in a pleasant way, although it does mellow after sitting for awhile; some Belgian yeasty undertones; Palate: medium body with a bitter/sour finish; Overall: very disappointing; would not buy again.