DesertDevil (419) - Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 On tap at the Blue Palms Brewhouse 5th Anniversary. Subdued, smooth bourbon nose with molasses, some chocolate, and slight oak. Pours deep black with a slight bubbly head. Holy cow!; incredibly smooth chocolate and bourbon 1-2 punch from the first sip to the final drop. The oak tannins really bite late before the sweetness of the bourbon grabs hold. Beautiful palate - smooth body with a dry, woody finish. It was easily the best beer at the fest.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at churchkey august 2013
Pours dark brown pretty much black witb a small kacki head nose is all over the place lots oc vanilla chocolate lite char. Damn huge boozy flavors of char dark chocolate and vanilla. Bg beer here but not what Iím into I guess that biases my rating
bytemesis (2409) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - batch #1 - thanks newcigarz! Pours opaque black with a small deep brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with a bit of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light - notes of bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, wood, dates. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter with strong bourbon notes and a touch of licorice. Light astringence is apparent from the time spent in wood. Full body, creamy mouthfeel and strongly warming, not surprising given the ABV. This is a nice beer. Cant wait to try B2!
Ferris (1865) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Chocolate cookies, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Jet black with a rich brown head. Licorice , dark roasted coffee, dark malts and bourbon alcohol. This beer smells divine, looks divine, but has an edge to it that I think needs a bit of mellowing. Still a great, beer, canít wait to try it with a bit of age.
Hair6a11 (1255) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; Pour is viscous dark brown, with a modest , fine bubbled khaki head - It retains on the average side, hazing / ringing the glass fairly quickly, with modest lacing present. The nose is dark fruit, chocolate cake, molasses, mild barrel treatment, and a touch of vanilla ; Dark chocolate, molasses, and caramel initial; a hint of port wine, brown sugar; it is perhaps overly sweet - Barrel treatment comes through but not quite as much as one would hope - Still - this is quite the brew ; a desert beer I would say - Quiet nice
robloc303 (263) - Erie, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewery sample (short pour bottle). Pours dark brown, very little coffee like head. Nose of walnut, chocolate, caramel, and banana. Mouth feel is creamy, taste of wood, walnut, caramel, cherries, followed by some heat. A great beer!
TheHOFF43 (1606) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Jesterdeal, thanks! Pour is black, some tan head, but not much. Aroma is roasted malts, sweet bourbon and cocoa. Incredible mouthfeel gives way to bourbon, sweet booze, all sorts of chocolate and malts. Finishes with bourbon, wow. Incredibly easy to drink considering the abv.
ebone1988 (175) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet, marshmallow, caramel, sweet chocolate and vanilla. Appearance is black as night, not much head, a brown. Taste is super sweet, marshmallows and vanilla, slight chocolate, no real bitterness. The mouthfeel is very thick as expected. Overall, it is quite boozy, but the flavor hides well and only face-heat comes when you swallow, like a barley wine. Very good.
Ktwse (1350) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a finger of thick tan head. Aroma is distinct bourbon barrel, vanilla, coffee, muscovado, dates and figs, chocolate, light butterscotch. Marvelous. Taste is incredibly muscovado and alcohol sweet, tons of bourbon and port barrel with coffee and chocolate in the background. Finish is lingering alcohol bitter. Body is full and creamy to sticky. Flat carbonation.
alexsdad06 (4338) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 in August í12. Pours dark brown to blackwith a medium sized dense mocha head. The aroma has caramel, bbourbon, dark chocolate, black cherry, roasted malt, wood and was surprisingly not very boozy. The flavor had big syrupy caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit with some woody accents. I thought this would be really hot given the alcohol, but it was pretty easy to drink.