boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle share at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with minimal white head. The aroma has a bit of marshmallow, some coconut, light bourbon. The taste has a light roast, some coconut, and some sweet sugary aspects. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
22oz bottle, etched label. Jet black pour, brown ring. Aroma of charred grains, vanilla oak, bourbon barrel, licorice, dark fruit. Tastes of coffee & chocolate, warm alcohol, roasted /burnt malts, vanilla, oak, and loads of burnt sugars. Finishes with loads of burnt flavors, oak, and an odd acidic finish, and licorice. Roast & burn.
(3666) Dr_MedievAle (215) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Poured from bomber into brandy glass. Aroma: Bourbon, molasses, and soy sauce hit the nose in the bottle. When poured into glass, could only smell hot alcohol and fruity esters. Appearance: dark brown but translucent coffee color. Thick, foamy, and tan colored head, but terrible head retention (all but disappeared after a minute in the glass with no sipping). Haphazard lacing. Taste: overpowering diacetyl and yeasty flavors (did this batch get infected???) with only the faintest whisper of bourbon barrel or stouty malts. And the Palate: was definitely not stout worthy, either-- thin and watery. This bottle was god awful. After suffering through this brew, I had to crack open an Old Rasputin just to remind and reassure myself that there is a beer god. stumpyiliz (220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Alcohol says 10%abv on my bottle. Nose islight bourbon. Taste is vanilla oak into a thin dry finish. In my mind, this one needs more time in the barrels to really come together. jeremyh70 (1115) - Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Pours black with ruby edges. Little head and lacing. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt with a bit of booze. Some chocolate with charred roastiness and some smoke with hint of coffee and chocolate finish. Medium bodied with higher carbonation than I like for style. Finishes too dry with not enough sweetness.
kambei70 (1136) - - MAR 14, 2013
2012 bottle to snifter. Pours a very dark brown with decent lacing. Aroma is very light chocolate and coffee with a boozy malt being predominant. Taste is the same with a large charred malt taste and some oak. Medium mouthfeel. Not sweet and not well balanced.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jahshuwuh (567) - USA - MAR 14, 2013
Dark, but not pitch black, very little head. A smoked, oak, vanilla smell. The smoky oak comes through predominantly on the taste, salty, sweet doesn't come out till the very end with some chocolate and coffee, but its faint. Not very balanced, and the oak character is poor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Black with a thick tan head. Dull oaky vanilla nose. Malty bourbon flavors. Less smooth than I would have figured not bitter. More sweet and soy
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Sample at Sugar Maple. Deep red-brown body, thin glass rimming head. Sweet, sugary bourbon aroma. Relatively mellow and clean, the aging works pretty well here. Smooth vanilla caramel tones. Pretty pleasant. Cybercat (6346) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Rich, smoky aroma has a strong overtone of oaked bourbon. It pours a deep coffee brown with a fairly thick tan head. Robust flavor has coffee, bourbon, roast malt and oak notes with hints of toffee and licorice. Texture seems on the thin side, though, especially for a stout, and fizz leaves a bit to be desired. However, the palate (or mouthfeel, or whatever) is this beer’s weakest point, and a small one at that. Definitely a beer fit for a czar.