bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Aroma of coffee and chocolate malts. Flavor adds bourbon palette is nice. Very dark taste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bluejacket74 (1993) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
750 ml bottle, bottled on November 10, 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla and some hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted and burnt/charred malt, bourbon, vanilla and some earthy hops. In comparison to the aroma, the taste isn’t nearly as sweet. For the most part it’s roasty and bitter, with a nice lingering bitter finish. However, the sweet flavors do get a little stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit syrupy and slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good beer overall, I liked it. $12.99 a bottle. portableparty (2362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle shared by DalzAle. Pours dirty motor oil with a creamy foamy khaki head that slowly fades to a foamy film with lacing. Aroma is big roasted malt cardboard and some marshmellow and bourbon. Taste is bitter chocolate and dark fruit with strong bourbon alcohol little marshmellow and soy. Palate is full and chalky with a warming dry finish. Solid would like another one for down the road. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle. Dark black pour, a little disc of dark carbonation and a nice mellow bourbon and wood aroma. Dark dry and roasty malt, chocolate, mellow vanilla and a little bourbon heat and peat on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable! pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2011
A huge, bold dominating stout that rapes and pillages your palette. The barrel aging is evident, but so is the alcohol burn. Really good, but not as refined as I expected.
PorterPounder (8068) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 750 ml cage corked bottle. Charcoal black pour, thick, sticky khaki colored head, nice coat of lacing. Aroma has hint so marshmallows, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is rich and full-bodied with a whole lot going on. Pick up some chocolate, wisps of vanilla, some coffee, black dirt earthiness, a touch of bourbon, some marshmallows and a roasty back end. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick. This was my Christmas Eve gift-wrapping companion! TheBeerGod (6233) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, fluffy brown head. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses and booze. Body is medium with a smooth creamy carbonation and a soft alcohol warmth. Finishes with more roasted malt, bitter hops, dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, molasses and caramel. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Aroma: Considerable vanilla on the nose.. with some hoppy notes.
Appearance: Pours black with limited head.
Taste: Storm king with vanilla.. some burn on the tongue.. I had heard this is well over 10%.. despite what is said on the description.
Palate: Syrupy.. but not sticky.
Overall: Good for Christmas.. stings the tongue a bit but a solid taste of hops. This is enjoyable but I probably wouldn’t buy repeatedly. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Aroma: Hints of bourbon, but mostly caramel and coffee aromas.
Appearance: Black with a rich, tan head.
Taste: Slight sweetness throughout, with hints of bitterness and sourness across the tongue.
Palate: Full body, thick, oily texture, average carbonation, long finish.
Overall: The whole bourbon thing doesn’t do it for me. I understand that it adds an extra dimension, but the flavors seem too conflicting in this one. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 23, 2011
bottle. thin looking black pour with a small brown head. nose of oak and chocolate. the oak doesn’t really impart any bourbon notes though. flavors of kitchen table and dark chocolate. very warming palate with a medium body. abv is a bit hot.