GeekasaurusRex (1) - USA - MAR 20, 2009 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #339/817. Purchased on brewery release date (1 of 3). Gustatory nirvana! Superlative aromas of coconut, vanillin, roasted espresso beans, melted asphalt, bittersweet chocolate, maple syrup, and smoke. The attack is explosive and multi-dimensional. Silky in the mouth, this is velvet wallpaper for the tongue! Endless finish with full reprisal of aromatic forebears. Should improve with age but may be impossible to keep hands off! Outstanding.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle purchased from the brewery. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, smoke, burnt wood. The flavors of the same included a bit of alcohol. Maybe just a bit to much bourbon flavor for my liking. Still a wonderful beer.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
750ml bottle. Damn this is awesome smelling, bourbon, a hint of vanilla. Dark black pour with a small light brown head. Flavor is alot of vanilla up front , very smooth, no alcohol present at all. This has to be one of the best beers I have ever had, complete orgasm all around.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 768/817. Holy crap, shared with some good buddies at a poker party the night after the release. Pours a viscous beep brown almost black with a two finger chocolate head, some light lacing was left on the snifter. Nose exploded with bourbon, vanilla, smoke, oak, and molasses. Flavor was very rich yet very smooth with the 10% being very well hidden. Flavor was mostly bourbon, vanilla and caramel. After tasting this brew, the wait in line was well worth it! Thanks again to the crew @ Alesmith!!!
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 586/817 purchased at the release.
Wow, Poured dark brown with a two finger dirty white head. The aroma of vanilla, chocolate hits you immediately. The flavor is malty with bourbon notes and finishes cleaning. Lots of complexity in the flavor and nose. IMO, this is another world class beer from Peter & the crew.
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 597/817 procured at the release, and graciously opened by new rater KyleFleeger. I am flabbergasted at the lack of quality of this bottle and hope it is the exception, not the rule. I am a West Coaster and neither fanboy nor detractor - check my AleSmith rating history. This is with ease the worst beer I have had from them. Aroma is dominated by hot, almost pure bourbon. Mild vanilla lacing on the nose disappears after a sip or two. Flavor is hot, spicy bourbon, mild wood, and EVENTUALLY the darkest burnt ashy chocolate Iíve encountered. This kind of disappointment makes me question whether I even want to try a different bottle. The only decent part of the beer was the last four inches - something I just cannot explain.
kylefleeger (105) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown and the head is dense and light brown. However, the head doesnít lace the glass very much and thins out quickly. Overall, I am shocked at the amount of bourbon in the aroma but there are definite notes of vanilla and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is smooth but there is so much bourbon in the beer itís overwhelming. I am concerned from other ratings I may have gotten an odd batch because the bourbon completely destroys nearly all the beers complexity. Chocolate is nearly non-existent. Overall, I feel like the beer could use about 2 years of aging out of barrel or a few months less in barrel. I hope it improves with age.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Bottle. Poured a dark brown/black with a bigger than expected lightish brown head. Aroma was very strong. Large dose of bourbon, with vanilla, chocolate, with light roasted malt, fruit and caramel presences. Flavor is at times great, at other times mind blowing. Nice blend of a variety of flavers, all emerging in different strenghts throughout the experience. Caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, chocolate, fruit, molasses, wood/oak. Flavor had a nice amount of sweetness. At times it was a bit hot, but with some age I suspect thatíll work itself out. Besides the hotness, palate was nice and smooth, with a bit of coating. My new co-favorite beer. Great stuff.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #298/817 shared with DuffmanSW. Poured about as dark brown as it gets without being black with a half-inch light brown head. Aroma is heavy with bourbon, vanilla, molasses and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate with some brown sugar, plenty of oaky vanilla, somewhat toasty and a good deal of bourbon. Palate is pure silk. The only thing that keeps this beer from being perfect is the stinging alcohol, which should correct itself by next year at this time. This stuff kicks ass.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from the bottle and the color was a brownish black with a good mocha colored head. Aromas of alcohol and deep dark chocolate. Great. Thick velvety mouthfeel. Flavors abound of complexity. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, almonds, oak. Great long delicious finish. Fantastic beer and out does the non barrel aged version for sure.