phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a small brown ring for a head. Aroma of dry wood, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, milk powder, grape skins, and minerals. Flavor of vanilla, caramel malts, oak, coffee, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and toasted brown sugar. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. Surprisingly dry. Nice bourbon barrel imperial stout.
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 bottle from ksurkin- thanks again KEN! deep brown with a small frothy tan head. aroma of sweet bourbony booze, sweet figs, and molasses. taste is sweet bourbon, milk chocolate, booze, and light roast. big sweet bourbon, molasses, and fig beer. sweet doughy cocoa. big body. creamy. not bad, but a bit too sweet for my liking. sweet milky bourbon dominates. good, not great.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. The pour is black at the center, with glints of mahogany translucency at the outer reaches. A vigorous pour conjures up a frothy, whipped head of light brown foam. Showing pronounced, bubbly edges and a thin but persistent center film, the head leaves wet spots of lacing all over the glass. The nose is silky smooth, showing a rich, deep, dark chocolate malt base with layers of dark caramel, vanilla fudge, and sweet, soft bourbon. Iced mocha comes across sweet, not at all roasty, and there’s a hefty dose of lactic milk sugar throughout. Alcohol is present, yet sufficiently covered by the richness of all the varied sweet malt. Flavors follow suit, lush and decadent, dessert-like to the max. Straightforward dark and milk chocolates are bracketed by caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Bourbon is again easy going, imparting more caramel and vanilla than booze. Fudgy, and seemingly void of any hop character, this is a mighty tasty brew, but I really had to struggle through a full bomber, what with all the sugars. There’s little in terms of balance here. The palate is big and rich, thick with sugar, and light on carbonation. There’s a silky, whipped sort of feel to it, and the finish comes across smooth, moving towards sticky after the swallow. I’d like to see this in 5 oz. nip bottles, because I think there’s a real place for it in the hedonistic dessert beer genre, but it’s very much a "once in a blue moon" type of beer, for my taste.
deyholla (6702) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to dkachur for this! Poured black with a small dark brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma had a nice mixture of dark grains, dark fruit, coffee and a bourbon backing. Flavor began with dark fruit and roasted malts, but a coffee note grew with a nice backing bourbon note throughout to give the beer a bit of sweetness.
llcooldave (1101) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours really thick and black. Alcohol and roasted coffee aromas. Definite roasted bitter coffee flavor profile along with an alcohol aftertaste. Develops a dried fruit & raisin notes after a warming. Overall, not bad easy drinking and good for sipping.
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Ken. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, brown sugar/caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, with a pleasant sweetness in the finish.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 22oz bottle thanks to Kan for sharing. Pours black with a thin head. An aroma of rich coffee chocolate and burnt malts. Sweet malts burnt roasted malt flavors. A good amount of coffee and sweetness. 7/3/7/3/14. Not bad
Thanks to drew for this. Oily black. Some cherrIes coffee chocolate bourbon caramel and a little grass. Sweet bakers chocolate flavors. So vmuch bakers chocolate. Thin dry with an odd fruit finish. Thanks Drew. 7/4/7/3/14
daknole (9142) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ksurkin with a great hookup. Thanks ken! Dark brown pour small tan head. Aroma is a wonderful mix of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, prunes and molasses. Flavor is sweet, loaded with fresh coffee, light fruity bourbon notes, and some great bitter chocolate. Great brew. Delicious!
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Pours dark, but not very viscous. Very smooth on the palate. The vanilla explodes when you first taste it and then subsides to a nice finish.
obguthr (3912) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong aroma of dark roasted coffee, tar, and tobacco. Coal black and headless.Strong coffee flavor initially with cherry and licorice at midpalate. Smoky bark and mulberry in the finish. Alcohol is well concealed, medium bodied. Intense and flavorful without being a chore. Silky texture. I didn’t taste actual bourbon, just some of the fruity esters one might find in bourbon, which is perfect for me. Excellent!