mike5326 (1745) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Poured from a cold bottle. Dark brown color almost black, small tan head. Vanilla roasted malt smell. Cream, coffee, alcohol with a hint of bourbon. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle purchased at Healthy Living in Burlington, Vermont. Diggity-dark color with the faintest trace of a light brown hint of a head circling the edge. Earthy, yeasty aroma accompanied by a moderate alcoholy tune with a quiet burbony harmony. Once in the mouth, it is quite fluid (not quite at "watery" but it still has a refreshing quality to it), and hefts an active effervescence - not overpowering, but it definitely stands up and makes its presence known. While it’s making its way across the tongue, a woody, toasty, choco-mel combo stops by and says hi before heading warmly downstairs. Another winner from Smuttynose. Have I ever lamented before how I dearly wish that li’l Smuttynose seal would work hard making these big beers year-round instead of once a year (if that)? Maybe his flippers are too short or something. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Appearance: Pours black with a creamy tan cap.boomlvzbeer (1) - Cheshire, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2013 does not count
Aroma: Chocolate covered banana, vanilla, cereal.
Taste: Roasted malt, bourbon, wood, banana esters. Finishes roasty and woody.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Aversge carbonation.
Overall: A very flavorful, balanced Stout. Keeping this under 9% probably played a role in this beers wonderful complexity. Not a booze/bourbon bomb, yet not one of those bourbon barrel beers where you barely get any spirit/barrel character.
Not the biggest stout fan. But this was incredible! Very nice scent, Carmel, chocolate, vanilla, with the barrel. Flavor has all of the scents above but finishes with a very distinctive coffee taste. De freaking lish! mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Good stout base. Interesting Belgian notes. My first of this style -- not sure if its the best thereof, but I enjoyed it.
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johnnnniee (4285) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a smallish tan head that shows good retention and spotty lace. Smells of roast, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, a bit of lactose like sweetness, spicy Belgian yeasty esters, and a mild bit of vanilla. The flavor is actually quite complex. Mild chocolate and dark sugary sweetness up front that is almost immediately pushed aside for some peppery yeastiness. Juicy and lightly tart dark fruits come around next and meld with a bit of chocolate and roast before a touch of vanilla, oak, and ethanol show up. Long lingering sweet tart fruit sugar and chocolate finish last long after every sip. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary mouthfeel. Wow this one impressed me. It might be a hair on the sweet side, but I enjoyed the hell out of this brew. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2013
My valentines day present! Thanks Brie!
This stanks like it’s straight out of Belgium with a little funk and tons of raisins in the nose. The first sip is very chocolaty with soft carbonation and a nice (not too heavy) mouth-feel. The bourbon and vanilla flavors slowly creep up as it warms. The last few sips are like a chocolate bourbon... there is a nice spicy warmth from the alcohol. Yummy. Drake (13652) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a large creamy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of big cocoa notes, moderately strong bourbon and mild roast. The taste is nutty, cocoa, bourbon, banana, dark fruits. Medium bodied, quite delicious. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 7, 2015
On tap at Hopcat. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is lots of chocolate and some dark fruit. Bourbon is evident and some oak. Really nice. Alcohol is noticeable.
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From the 2012 big bottle. The pour is a deep ebony brown with a moderate short lasting head. An array of aromas fill my nose including sweet dark malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke, cherry, and a dash of hops. The body is medium to full. The taste is malty up front with a wooden hard liquor character volleying with the sweetness followed by a moderate, lingering bitterness. Very nice beer indeed.