5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 Bottle #700 (Thanks to footbalm for this hand bottled version) pours black as night, very thin head that quickly settles, with very little lacing. † Wonderful aroma of Bourbon, with some dark pitted fruit in the background. † WOW! † This beer goes through more changes than any other I have ever experienced. † Begins with a strong Bourbony Vanillaesque flavor. † It then gives way to an alcohol infused fig/date, followed quickly by a nice chocolatey heavy roasted goodness. † Sweet, yet not cloying. † Alcoholic, yet subtle & smooth. † Great body, medium mouthfeel. † Not thick, but quite smooth. † Finishes with more of of that dark pitted fruit, Chocolate, Bourbon, Vanilla, and heavily roasted malts. † Simply delicious! † An unbelievable treat from footbalm!!! † Eric, you ROCK!
IndianaRed (2957) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE poures a deep jet black witha tan head that settles fairly quickly to a maintained ring of moderate lacing. The aroma is to die for. Rich sweet chocolate, cola and that boubon whiskey note. Licorice and vanilla as well. Flavor is a pretty hefty alcohol fume feeling and more coffee than was in the aroma. The mouth feel is exquisite. The carbonation is very soft, might have lost a little in the hand bottling, but this just showcases the slick almost numb feel it has on your tongue. Not particularly thick but very smooth. Yes the fumes do come up on you on the trailer, but very tasty and koo-does to Footbalm for somehow making this happen.
3fourths (8638) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
footbalm hand bottled this one and sent it to me, man I still canít believe that he did it... this guy rocks. I was getting ready to fly home for Thanksgiving weekend, just starting to pack my bags and UPS shows up... oh man, I was going to have a beer before heading to the airport anyway, and this is perfect timing. Poured out of the bottle with a good later of carbonation, footbalm did a great job bottling this. Strong nose of sweet cherried alcohol, a little bit of a nail-polish scent from the alcohol as well, but not in a bad way. Some bourbon as well, and oh man does it show up in the flavor... this stuff is hotter than I expected, a little bit of a whiskey/bouron bite on the back of the throat, with a rich buttery and charred wood flavor everywhere. Warming and tasty, itís not that thick, especially for 12%, but it makes up for it in character. Isnít overwhelming with the bourbon, something which Iím very critical of in many other beers... wine and wood tannin flavors abound, reminding me of Poseidon without the stout and wine flavors clashing. Awesome beer.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Footbalm tries his hand at handbottling this monster and comes out of it looking like a champion!! Pours to become a blackened brown still glass with a decent tan head...GREAT JOB ERIC! Nose is amazing, one of the best straight up bourbon barrel noses that Iíve come across. Better than 95% of the stuff at the FOBAB, even! Alcoholoc, phenolic belgian chocolate with lush vanilln oak wafts. First sip is amazing, rich velvet on my tongue, bitterness and sour vinous hints at the sides, rich bourbon and dark maltiness down the middle with a warmth that is intense but not harsh. Each sip is like a complete dessert, chocolate cake, dripping with coconut and vanilla and dipped into a dish of cool well aged fine bourbon. This is an amazing barrel aged beauty that would have knocked the freaking socks off of everyone at FOBAB!!! Todd Ashman, did you play a part in this? Seems to have obvious signs of experience and knowledge, someoneís "golden touch", you might say. If not, then the brewer can certainly consider that a compliment (which Iím sure he/she realizes!)
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice Black as a coal mine color.Small dark brown head that faded quickly and left little behind.First whif comes off as almost wine like,with a strong alcohol presence and plenty of fruit notes coming through very nicely.I canít get over how wine like this smells,very nice.Whoa!!! Now thats a Bourbon brew baby.Itís a very smooth brew at first but thats only for a brief second or two then the Bourbon jumps out at you.Then it quits and moves onto a nice wine like flavor with plenty of fruit maybe some raisin a little plum or prune possibly.The wood tones are a bit on the mild side at first but as the brew warms the become a little more noticeable.As the fruit flavors pass it quickly jumps back into a bourbonesque finish with a nice alcohol burn as it goes down.First impression off the first tug of this brew made me a little squeemish at first but after a little warming itís a fantastic brew with plenty of flavor and well worth the honor of being on top in itís style.Thanks go to Footbalm and his fine job of bottling and letting me try this fine brew.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TAR for sharing a bottle and footbalm for initial supply: The beer is opaque and very oily, looks big and mean. The aroma is huge with noticeable phenols (doesnít try to hide the alcohol), plum and raisins, vanilla and mocha, oak and pipe tobacco, lactic acids, and aromatics all over the place. Heavy malts with burnt tones attack the palate but retreats to the more sublime characteristics of fruits and salt. Vanilla and oaky bourbon notes apply themselves during midsection followed by a closing act of spices and mild bitters. Starts oily and lush before the alcohol bite whips into gear on the palate, warming indeed. This beer can take to aging very well and should mellow out the edges nicely. Well done with room for even more growth.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Huge alcohol up front finishes with a slightly burnt flavor. Big mouthfeel. Definitely doesnít hide the alcohol too much. Donít like the serving vessel. This would be wonderful in a bif bordeaux glass or grand cru burgundy, but not this little tulip filled to full canít even smell anything out of this, why donít they just give me a shot glass. As it warms it starts to show oak. Really I donít know what the huge fuss is over; it is just a porter that the brewer kept pumping full of table sugar unitl the yeast pooped out.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bailies, wood, black malt, irish whisky in the noise with a touch of eathy hops that was dispelled after the first sip. Thick flavors of belgian chocolat, berrys, sweat(?), and electric blanket warm alcohol that adds to the expirience. Finishes warm with coco.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night with little or no head. Coffee, malt, plum, raisen, and bourbon notes on the nose. Heavey mouthfeel, w/light bitter dry finish. Coffee, chocolate, raisen, mocha, bourbon, vanilla, plum all show as flavors. The only drawback is the alcohol which resembles acetone to me, and distracts from a perfect finish!
ElGaucho (2306) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
They are still pouring from the first batch, and apparently the second will be considerably mellower. Bourbon barrel aroma with hints of dark chocolate and molasses. Excellent. Fully opaque body with a light brown head and great lace. Served in a tulip. Very strong alcohol mouthfeel. Tastes almost as overwhelmingly alcoholic as Dogfish Headís 120 minute IPA, despite being more than 10% less in ABV. A little over carbonated, but not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the brew. Delicious, warming. This would be great on a cold Winter night. Improved by mid glass.