beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a minimal head and some decent lacing. The aroma is nice and mellow but yet complex and full with copious amounts of vanilla, licorice, tobacco, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor is superb with the bourbon and the beer in a near perfect balance. Much of the aroma comes throufh on the palate with roast coffee and sweet milk chocolate, but nice amounts of vanilla, toffee, caramel, a touch of smoke with the tobacco hanging in the back. Rich and oily, this beer is very nice!
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a growler at a recent tasting. Dark brownish black with minimal head. Flavors were rich with oak, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon booze. Very smooth and a long lasting finish. Would like to try this again.
peteinSD (1418) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Dave - thanks! Bit of carbonation upon opening the growler. Pours dark and somewhat still with an appropriate amount of light carbonation for the style. Small ring of tan foam on the edges. Aroma is hot, thick bourbon on coconut, vanilla, rich sweet malt, and some chocolate. Taste is alcohol heat, light roasted malt, bourbon and bourbon, heavy raisin, and bitter chocolate. Massive, semi-rough sipper. Shame they donít bottle this beer so you could sit a bottle down for a few years.
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: pours dark black with a thin tan head, bourbon aroma, malty, chocolatey, boozy, full bodied. Excellent! Glad I finally got to try this.
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at GTMW - One of the biggest disappointments for me at the festival. Iíve been wanting to try this for several years, and it just didnít come through. Pours dark as night with a couple tan bubbles--pretty still. Smells a little hot, but with tons of sweet caramel. Thereís a little roast to offset it, but the barrel aging brings it way over the top into cloying sweetness. Taste is a bit better, with more prominent roast, but itís still really sweet, with caramel, vanilla, and the bourbon aging present. Smooth and slick, but very little carbonation.
Ibrew2or3 (7300) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler pours super dark with dark brown head. Wait a minute . . . I get to try this?!?! Thanks Greg. Wow! The aroma is rich yumminess with black strap molasses, molasses, chocolate fudge and booze too. The aroma is just drooling goodness. The taste is big thick richness with a mix of molasses, chocolate brownie and high fat content butter fudge, yeah like rich creamy European butter, as well as dark roasted malts and firm booziness. Lingering yummy goodness with a good size booze note too into the after taste. No wonder this is so highly acclaimed. It is wonderful.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on draft at the GTMW. Pours dark with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor had a ton of bourbon barrel characters that overtook the roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. One of my top beers to try at the GTMW. I was pretty let down by this beer.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Great Taste. One of my top list to try, but was quite underwhelmed. Poured a deep black with brown at the edges. Dissipating tan head. The nose was way boozy and over oaked. Too much barrel character, imo. On tasting, more of the same. The oak and bourbon barrel character just dominate. Coconut and cocoa, booze and a bit underbodied to boot. Clunker.
cbfobes (2610) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW 2011, pours pitch black with a thin tan head with very little lacing, aroma has good amounts of chocolate with some booze, the flavor was nice with roasted malts mixed in with a finish of chocolate and some bourbon in the finish, pretty darn enjoyable.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours pitch black with brown highlights at the edges. No head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, soy and bourbon. The taste is big bourbon notes and intensely sweet malts. Full bodied. Not my thing.