PartyFowle (954) - - DEC 6, 2014
Luscious, luxurious-looking liquid. Thick and creamy, the midnight-black ink in the glass is topped with a quarter-inch of mahogany foam. Salted caramel, milk chocolate, toasted bread, more than a little dark fruit, figgy. A hint of smoke. Something savory deep in the background, like a good steak, umami. Nice smokiness. A bit of coffee, sweet cream, cocoa powder, earthy hop bite, ethanol, pork chops, finish of raisins, coffee beans, cocoa and booze. Vanilla bean. Again, a subtle savory note. Heavy cream in the mouth. Thick body like melted chocolate, rich, more than mild bitterness. Tiny bubbles pepper the tongue; alcohol burns it. This would be a superb stout even without its ballsy adjunct. Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Really good stout. Didn’t taste any balls. Nice rich French roast nose. Thick vicious mouthfeel. Some vanilla bean in flavor. Thick tan head. Very good stout. wchesser (2162) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pours viscous and jet black with minimal coffee crema colored head. Dark roasted malt nose with some coffee and touch of vanilla to start on the nose....as it warms, there is some definite but subtle smoke and ashy char. Taste follows nose with warmth starting off dry with coffee and vanilla, then some salinity and soy for a second, and finally an almost barbeque sauce savoriness.
Okay...full disclosure: I did not approach this beer without some trepidation, but once you get past this, it is a serious stout with a high degree of complexity. The ingredients demand that you pay attention and the effort is not unrewarded. Going to get more....been giving this out a lot as trade extra for the novelty, but I think this may develop nicely with some age.
Kudos to Wynkoop for taking this seriously and making it more than a gimmick. robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Pours jet black with thick foamy brown head. Nose of chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts, and coffee. Taste has lots going on. Salted chocolate and nuts are in front followed by a mild smoky caramel. The finish leaves a sweet almost smoked bacon flavor on your lips. Good stuff! SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Can thanks to adnielsen: Poured a thick black sludge with a brown head. Aroma was very roasty and malty. Taste was strong roast, sweet malt, and light saltiness,