1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Thanks Jason for sharing this growler. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a nice brown head and spotty lacing. Very viscous looking. The aroma is sweet chocolate with strong balanced vinous and peated barley. Very unique and interesting. The flavor is a strong roasted black malt with some oatmeal and peaty Lagavulin scotch. Rich roasty sweet moderately full body. VERY good. I’m fortunate to have tried this marvel. ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Picked up a growler from the Merrifield store, doesnt actually say the words ’oak aged’ on it, but its what I ordered and I think this is the stuff. Pours a dark black with ruby tinges, large frothy dark chocolate head and lots of lace. Big aroma with lots of chocolaty malt, roasted with oaky tones. Flavor is rich with lots of moderately sweet malt, lots of dark chocolate, tones of fig, hints of vanilla, oak, and dark fruit: cherries, and raspberries. A noticeable alcohol presence but not at all overpowering, lightly hopped with just a touch of bitterness. A really really good beer, could be a little more complex but great smoothness and lots of terrific flavor without being overpowering. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2004
On cask at the ODBF 2004. My favorite from the day. Nose is rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, expresso, and chocolate covered cherries. Citric hops shine their way through the darkness to partially balance things out. Full-bodied, zero carbonation, warming, dry finish. Brilliant!! hopscotch (11491) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2004
On cask at the ODBF 2004... This beer rocks!... Too dark to see through. Smells a bit like bourbon, American White Oak, chocolate, cherries and vanilla. The flavor is very well-hopped. The alcohol definitely stands out a bit. Chocolate and espresso notes. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and almost no carbonation. Lengthy, astringent finish. Bone dry at the end. World class stout! egajdzis (6856) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dried fruits, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Taste was fruity, with raisins, molasses, smoke, chocolate, light nuts, roast, vanilla, and bourbon, with a bit of alcohol in the finish.
hopdog (13315) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Growler acquired in trade with kmweaver (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with an averaged to larger sized tan head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, chocolate, roast, and some bourbon. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, wood, chocolate, nuts,a nd roast. Smooth and creamy body. Alcohol content well hidden. This is some good stuff. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Maybe not the ideal style for a hot summers day, but there is no denying the brewers art in creating this stout. The nose was powerful, with a definitive whiskeyish aroma that was compimented by fruit, chocolate and chicory. Serious roasted malt, full-bodied flavor with molassas, prunes, chocolate and wood in the taste. Pitch dark, with no carbonation and little distinguishable hops. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Had this on cask at the 8th Dominion beerfest. This was aged in an oak barrel for 6 months according to the paper in front of it. This stuff came out like tar, black and thick as you could ask for. It flowed out of the glass and left my hand stuck to the glass until it was finished and still left a coating around and in the glass. There was a slight bubbly tan head that soon faded to nothing. The aroma was quite strong with alcohol, much more so than the regular High Desert. Beyond the alcohol there was notes of dark fruit and a bittersweet dark chocolate scent with a touch of coffee. Taste is similar to the smell but with the alcohol not being as pronounced and it had definite vinous qualities that were not present in the standard version. The Dark fruits and chocolate dominated the taste with a bit of an alcohol sting on the finish. Mouthfeel was as thick as I have ever had and buttery smooth with little carbonation. Drinkability is slightly less than the regular version due to more alcohol standing out. Overall a great Imperial Stout that I would highly recommend on cask or from the tap. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Tap, Merrifield location. Pours a pitch black core, minimal light at the edges (one of the darkest beers I’ve seen); medium khaki head with excellent retention and lacing that coats the glass. Tart, whiskey aroma supported by maple syrup, toasty oak, and dark dried fruits. Full, warming mouthfeel: the bourbon character is slightly overwhelming at the front, showing tart, sour-mash character and an inky, dark chocolate bitterness; this gradually comes together in the mouth, coalescing in a sweet, well-balanced bourbon and toasty vanilla profile, supported by dark chocolate maltiness and floral and citrus hops. Ridiculously concentrated and filling (surprisingly dense, even for 11%), even though it comes on a bit strong. Long, bitter chocolate and bourbon and floral hop finish. Excellent. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Many thanks to Ken for yet another growler hook-up!! Poured damn near black with a creamy, thick cap of deep brown head. The aroma had a very lovely, lightly sour vinous and oak presence riding over rich sweet and darker chocolates.. warmth brought out toasty oatmeal and coffee grounds.. very nice! The flavor began with toasty, sour oak and molasses, with dark chocolates and coffee filling out the base.. sweeter chocolates and oats roll of the sides of the tongue and pair with vanilla, vinous notes, and sweet bourbon from the barrel.. sweet vinous, vanilla, and chocolates on the long finish. Warm and heavier-bodied on the palate with ideal sour accents from the barrel.. great balance and nice warmth on the back. Great one!