Diogène (1056) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at the brewery. Very dark brown, almost black with a thin beige creamy head with above average retention. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a bit of coffee and subtle bourbon with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, toasted malt, vanilla, alcohol, herbal hops, subtle bourbon and wood, a hint of spices and a bitter finish. Medium body with a moderately creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
d07c0m (89) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decidedly more complex than the Bourbon Aged Bog Water but less Bourbon-driven. The oak/vanilla comes through more in the finish and is a little weak in my opinion. However, coffee and chocolate bounce off the tongue and juxtapose the slightly sour Belgian ale flavors. I’m guessing they went for something like a marriage of a Belgian triple and a black-as-night imperial stout with a swath of oak. They succeeded.
C2H5OH (64) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased at the brewery in a 600ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with a thick beige head that fades quickly leaving little lace on the glass. Nose is very fruity at first: raisins, green apples, citrus as well as vanilla, and malt. After sitting for a while and a bit of agitation, nuts, spice, smoke, chocolate, and chocolate-orange emerge. There is also a faint medicinal note to be detected. This is a beer that constantly keeps evolving. Taste: a prominent oak, and bourbon vanilla sweetness comes in first, which slowly begins to sour pleasantly into caramel vanilla green apples. As the sweetness fades, lying underneath is a very slight metallic note, as well as roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon and coffee beans. It has a long, somewhat sharp finish leaving bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and oak that remains for a minute or more. Mouthfeel is medium, with low carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable, complex and unique stout, particularly the nose.
pushkinwow (1590) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
600ml bottle from the brewery, part of their green future program. Aged 3 months in bourbon barrels this isn’t quite as overwhelmingly bourbon as the Bog Water Bourbon. Thin smoky black with no head. Roasted malt, vanilla, hint of plum, bourbon, caramel, wood, and oatmeal. Low carbonation. thin, sweet from the bourbon but the alcohol is not overpowering. Actually mild and not bad - would like a balance between the bourbon in this and the bourbon in the bog water - worth trying though.