fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
enjoyed during 2011 RBWG pours black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is roast, smoke, thin vanilla and oak. Flavor is smoke and ash, like licking an ashtray, really astringent finish with extremely light barrel notes. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle thanks to Mike, poured into my Narke tulip...Black pour with some nice light tan head, good looking...The aroma is pretty good, lots of chocolate, a little vanilla and oak. Sweet and bitter contrast that is really nice helps more than the actual aromas here. Vanilla doesn’t come through as strong as you think it should...Taste is ok, nothing special. Oak, chocolate and missing the vanilla?? An average ba stout, nothing more.
Wouldn’t trade for this. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Dark pour, brown head. Very ashy aroma, some extremely light barrel, bitter chocolate, charcoal. Flavor is overly ashy with an underlying sweet beer. Not a good combo. Really underwhelming. douglas88 (9513) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Bottle at RBWG. Pours a pure black color with a medium beige head. A sweet nose of cocoa, oak, smoke and ash. The flavor is quite mellow; ashy, smokey, dry earthy flavors, some roast, oak, vanilla, quite smokey actually. Enjoyable. Not hot at all for 11%. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Full bottle just for me.
4.5 A: The reports of overcarbonation had me worried enough to open this over the sink. I appeared to be lucky and so far so good. Black color. First pour yielded about four fingers of head, but nowhere near gusher level. Second pour got me to my desired level with about two and a half fingers of super creamy mocha cappucino head. Very good retention and a thick ring of lacing. Would be a 5.0 without the overcarbonation issue.
4.5 S: Impressive! The raw oakiness is strong, though not overly done. Though the oak flavor itself is nice, the accompanying vanillins and spiciness are well received. Cacao nibs add a secondary layer of depth along with a subtle roastiness. A bit of sweet molasses to overcome what would be a dry aroma.
4.0 T: Again, the oak has some strength to it, but isn’t overly done. (Believe me, I know what overly done tastes like.) Oak, vanilla, hot spiciness, a touch of booze. Cacao and semi-sweet chocolate and a molasses sweetness. Just a touch of roastiness. Big flavors are for the most part very welcoming. This is reasonably sweet and I think this would benefit a lot from a stronger roastiness. Still, very good.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. The carbonation is a bit aggressive, but not so much that it distracts. Reasonably creamy and fairly smooth. If this was a bit thicker, it would have been given a better score.
4.5 D: It would appear that I got a good bottle. The oak is aggressive, but well within the range of what is acceptable. The carbonation is indeed a bit high, but again within acceptable limits. The taste was borderline 4.5 and I wasn’t displeased with drinking the whole bottle, so drinkibility is a 4.5. Good brew and as long as I keep getting good bottles, I hope the bottle variation continues. Driving out to Harrisburg is no picnic.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-22-2011 04:10:31
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle. Brown beer and whispy brown head. Very very earthy, dirty, tobacco-like nose. Maybe a little chocolate underneath and some oak influence. Flavors had a large heap of brown sugar to the earthiness to create a mouthfeel of red man chewing tobacco. Little vanilla from the barrell but way too sweet. ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Location: 750 ml bottle from NickD717, 3/1/11
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Aroma: The nose is rich and malty, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, oak/wood, and booze
Appearance: Dark brown-black pour, thick and creamy brown head that lasts forever, lots of lace
Flavor: The taste has bittersweet chocolate and oak notes, medium sweet, light medium bitter
Palate: A drop on the thin side for the style, tingly feel, soft carbonation, and surprisingly drinkable
Thanks for hooking me up with this one Nick, it was definitely a treat to get to taste this beer. This one made for a great sipper, which is just what I was in the mood for this evening. This one just works pretty well. That’s about all that needs to be said here.
750ml bottle thanks to thirdeye11.
Dark black pour with mocha head. Lots of vanilla and chocolate with a bit of smokiness - very smooth. Very tasty. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Never thought I would get to try it.
The beer pours a black color with a brown head. A nice looking stout. The aroma is great. I get some roasted malt and chocolate up front, but I also get a lot of barrel aging notes - bourbon, oak and brown sugar.
The flavor is even better than the aroma. I get a lot of roasted malt, chocolate and oak notes, as well as some bourbon, vanilla, maple, brown sugar and molasses. There is also a slight bit of smoke, but is more of an ashy smoke than a meaty smoke. It compliments the other flavors very well.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a large tan head over a near black body. Alcohol legs and lace left by a swirl of the glass. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, wood, oak and maple. Flavors are sweet with maple, vanilla, ash and cocoa. Medium bubbles, creamy mouthfeel and a bit boozy.