GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Growler thanks to richiesd. Pours a clear, deep ruby to black. Little carbonation. Nose is strawberry, cheese, chocolate, blueberry. Taste is sweet strawberry, dark chocolate, mild cocoa butter slickness. Lemon tea finish- tart. Not as heavy as you would expect. Barrel character low. arminjewell (9636) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
Pour on tap, hazy dark brownish pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big sweet vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit into bourbon, oak, slight spice into a hint of woody, tannic, smoke notes, some slight toasted bread. Taste was a mix of oak, vanilla, bourbon into sweet dark fruit, toffee, molasses into a bit of smoke, some spice, grass, finishing sweet. onceblind (9630) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Hazy dark nutty brown, nearly black, with a thin foamy light tan head. The nose is immediately a bit chocolaty but transitions to a slightly spicy tortilla dough tone and some bourbon. The flavor is like a winter spice ale, totally out of nowhere for where the aroma was. Nice dark sweet malts with a bit of Christmas spices like clove and cinnamon, a bit of raisin, and doughiness with some bourbon twinged caramel on the back end. Very balanced, oddly enough, with a small touch of bitterness throughout, without much hoppy flavor, leaving way for dark Christmas like maltiness and a smooth undercurrent of light bourbon. And is that a light touch of coffee in the finish?! Very, very good. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark cream head. Smoke and bourbon aroma with rich malt. Bourbon and smoke linger with caramel and light oak. Medium bodied. Bourbon ahnd smoke linfger with caramel, light fruitiness, light vanilla, amd light oak. douglas88 (9176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. Pours a nearly total black color with a small tan head. A big sweet nose of bourbon and malt. The flavor tastes like Stone Smoked Porter with vanilla and wood, a bit of heat. Not overly smoky or bourbon filled. Smooth. Good.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Poured up on tap at GABF 2012 with a mahogany looking body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sort of sticky sugary prunes, sweet malts, a little bit of musty earthiness and then it gets both nutty and molasses like. The taste is rich delivering an almost black strap molasses like sweetness and spiciness to go along with dark roasted malts. It then flows into sweet prune like esters and then lingering roastiness into the finish as well as a touch of booze. Nice rich brew. bytemesis (8372) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Tap. pours opaque black, large brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is medium sweet, light roasty bitterness, light astringence. Medium body, creamy, high carbonation. Sledutah (7522) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
GABF 2012 TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head
Aroma of roasted malts, smokey, coffee and chocolate
Taste of roasted malts, grainy and roast coffee
Very nice, smooth.
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deep blackish hue, dark and ominous, opaque inviting hues with dark elements. Dark and inviting with roast, toast, cocoa and vanilla. Mellow oak and barrel gives some life, roasty and caramel with gentle growing smoke elements. Silky smooth nose. Initial is fuller bodied, offering cocoa and roast, earth and gentle smoke. Earth, roast, and caramel. Touches of sweetness glide over vanilla, barrel, gentle spirit and earthy smoke. Middle shows deeper flavors, silky dark malts and earthy smoke, roast. Firm barrel, vanilla and cocoa, some coffee, kiss of dark fruit. Backend and finish show lingering smoke and barrel, firm malts don’t let it get overwhelming with that sweet dark malts still giving some chase. Pretty nice beer here, the smoke element gives it a good vibe and some memorability for me. Nose is a touch lacking in strength, but the beer is quite nice. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a hint of smoke (could be power of suggestion). It’s a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, black licorice, and a touch of caramel. The finish has mild vanilla and a touch oak and smoke. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.