commonshawn (1345) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2016
Tap at dark horse. Black with tan head. Boozy chocolate nose. Sweet sugar, roasted chocolate, balanced alcohol finish. Full body, full flavor. Big and good beer. sjogro (5259) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle at THT with massive thanks to kermis. Very stouty bourbon barleywine. Nice and thick and sweet. Caramels, on top of chocolate and vanilla, laced with marzipan. Very sweet with silky smooth mouthfeel. Backlog from 2015/11/27. Maakun (6950) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle at THT thanks to kermis. Black with short lasting light brown head. Bourbon, coffee, roasted grains, marzipan, bitter spices, old wood, brown sugar, Porto wine, fresh herbs. Quite sweet with roasted bitter finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation and slight alcohol. Nice. jackl (8597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Keg @ Steel Toe. Deep brown with a small head. Aroma of toffee and cream. Sweet cereal. Burnt brown sugar. Hot and sweet flavor profile. Booze soaked wood. Some candied dark fruits. Plenty of caramel. Full body, oily. Decent. bytemesis (9625) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle,not C&C. POurs inky black, medium dark brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, nice residual and good lacing. Aroma is molasses, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, cocoa powder. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, bourbon and vanilla, woody with notes of chocolate. Medium body, perhaps a bit watery for the style. Not harsh, and not particularly hot given ABV.
arminjewell (9744) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark brownish black pour with khaki colored head, aroma brought nice dark fruits, toffee, molasses into some cocoa powder, went into nice whiskey, a bit of booze, hints of vanilla in there, some oak. Taste was a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, and roast going into whiskey, rye spice, oak, some slight dark fruit into some vanilla, finishing slightly boozy, slightly sweet. Balanced very well, dig this one. Stine (1802) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle from last year’s release, about a year old. Hearty, oily black with negligible head retention. The aroma recalls a middle-aged Expedition stout, with emphasis on peaberry coffees, prunes, and charred cocoa. It’s almost overwhelmingly sweet, with cookie dough, molasses and cola syrup persistently pushing cloying boundaries. As it airs out, the underlying depth becomes more expansive, and this becomes the lasting takeaway.
hopscotch (11491) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2015
The flavor is a curious rendering of expected and unexpected flavors. It is initially weirdly powdery and bitter, like burnt peanuts mixed with cigarette ash. Like the aroma, it opens up slowly to reveal warmer, more polished colorings of roasted blackberries, auburn honey, and dutch chocolate. Sugars throughout are shielded in a succulent haze of sweet tobacco smoke. At this point, the powerful, peppery rye barrel and formidable malt characteristics well-synced, and no component part is too controlling.
Velvety, decadent mouthfeel. Mid palate sweet and alcoholic, finishing with a refined, sherry-like singe. I definitely enjoy the malt construction and low bitterness accumulation in this, although the heavier dark malts seem to cloud the view of things here. This could just as easily be thought of as an imperial stout with low hop character. Enjoyably unusual overall.
Bottle... Pours hazy and dark brown with a small, fleeting, well-tanned head. The aroma furnishes roasted malts, caramel, chocolate crème and hot fudge with the perfect-sized splash of rye whiskey. Full-bodied with a fatty mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor features loads of dark-roast malts, pouch tobacco and rye whiskey. They were a little heavy handed with the rye whiskey, but the finish offers comfort and warmth. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler! Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Pour is pitch black with a small brown head and good lacing. Big roasty, dark cocoa, espresso, somewhat earthy, vanilla, raisins, and nutty aroma. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, coffee, caramelly, some raisins, sweet vanilla, nutty, a touch of leather, and toast with a smooth cocoa finish. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really tasty stuff and I love the cocoa and toasted malt notes. 50belair (3718) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a fleeting white head. Nice chocolatey bouquet. Lots of caramel malts, chocolates, rye, and spice notes. Oak and vanilla lowlights. Not exactly in line with the style, but still solid. Good body and mouthfeel.