Zymurgeist2 (1266) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle to tulip. Thanks to Anne for the bottle from the brewpub. Overt vanilla, prominent molasses and rye with strong alcohol presence on the nose. Moderate alcohol heat. Pours deep, deep brown with brown highlights. Large brown head with minimal lacing. Taste is molasses, chocolate and fig. Faint tar, bourbon and mole sauce. Viscous pour covers the mouth like a velvety tapestry. Finishes surprisingly quickly. As it warmed, the alcohol was more pronounced.
Zakoon (223) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, molasses, coffee, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Flavour is sweet and a little boozy. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is smooth bourbon and quite sweet.
beeratarian (160) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is almost as black as they get, with a thin, dark brown head. Aroma do bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is very balanced bourbon with sweetness and toasty backbone. Lots of creamy chocolate and not as sweet as most beers this high in Abv. Alcohol is well hidden. Very good beer.
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The quintessential bourbon stout. Might have bought two and aged one, but this was a gift from Anthony. Very powerful, very tasty.
emacgee (4365) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black pour with one finger of dark tan head. Nose shows wood, bourbon, alcohol, fruit skins, and molasses. Warming alcohol in the flavor with fruit skins and wood. Apple shows on the finish, sharp.
nearbeer (4121) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Pour is midnight black with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is raisin liqueur, oak, soy and chocolate. Tastes of mint chocolate, alcohol, raisin and toasted grain. Heavy body is decently balanced and has low-medium carbonation. The big abv is fairly well hidden. Pretty straightforward aroma and flavors are none too complex, but the effort to make a huge beer is duly noted.
tderoeck (6158) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
21/IV/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: 27/VI/13 (2014-1575) Thanks to Thomas and Annelies for the bottle!
Note: was surprised to find I hadnít rated this yet, despite having drunk this. Was able to back-track it to the correct notebook, thanks to my line-up pictures of tastings on Facebook. :p
Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, lots of chocolate, chocolate milk, bit of vanilla, nutty touch. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: dark chocolate, caramel, little sourish, sugary and sweet as well, mocha, bourbon, dried fruits, raisins, brown sugar. After-taste: sweet, lots of dried fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, mocha, soft bitterness, bit boozy, sourish touch. Lovely beer!!
oRos (1342) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Bruce. Pours black with brown head. Taste is booze and lots of wood an oak.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and roast. Boozy flavor with chocolate and roast before a bourbon finish. Bourbon is the most prevalent character in both the nose and the flavor, but at least the beer is big enough to stand up to the barrel and throw off its own characteristics. Certainly not barrel-aged coca-cola like a lot of attempts from other breweries that arenít as experienced with barrel-aging.
thomashall (299) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark black with almost no head. Rich malty boozy aroma. Strong bourbon flavor with some molasses and faint dark fruit. Really amazing beer. Gets more boozy as it warms.