tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the pre GTMW party at Maduro.
Opague black. Fudgey dense with a ring of brown foam. The aroma reminds me of fresh fudge borwnies with a bourbon chocoalte sauce and some crushed coffee beans sprinkled on top. Little note of vanilla as well. The flavor didnít dissappoint either. It was just so rich and dense on the palate. The bourbon was a fantastic compliment for an already top notch beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 On tap at Maduro prior to the 2007 GTMW: Pours an oily opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin coating of frothy, well-lacing dark brown head. Incredibly rich, sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma has a good amount of vanilla oaky bourbon complexity and some raisins and brown sugar. Body starts with a full sweetness, dense molten dark cocoa and complex bourbon oak with a mild touch of grapefruity hops that are still fairly assertive given the age. Great bourbon balance and thick, yet smooth palate. An awesome barrel-aged imperial stout!
Brigadier (3240) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Maduroís
This to me was the clear winner of the night. I was fortunate enough to try the Barrel Aged Double Cream/Expedition at the Great Taste the next day. This was in all ways equal. It will move instantly into my personal Top 10 which is quite a feat at this point. The only real flaw in this gem was the alcoholic bite which one will either love or find a turnoff.
Aroma / Appearance - The nose of this is so rich that even the smell of cigar smoke can not mask it. In fact it almost enhanced the rich combination. Coffee, smoke and licorice still stand out from the Batch 7000. They are complimented by the oaky vanilla creaminess imparted by the barrels. The body has not changed color at all - it is murky black even when held up to direct light. A beautiful tan head makes this perfect in all aspects - if you arenít sure what it looks like just crack open a Batch 7000 and bask in its beauty.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy vanilla flows down the throat along with coffee liquor, anise and cocoa. A slight alcoholic presence begins to slowly gain strength. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and intense. It is perfectly balanced - the bourbon has given this great beer even more quality. The oaky finish leaves a chocolately impression that takes forever to fade. This is the best $4 pint I have ever had to date.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great taste on tap. Dark brownish black color. Smell of bourbon, chocolate, malt, toffee, vanillia, roasted coffee and dark fruit. Taste of bourbon, oak, vanillia, caramel, dark fruit, roasted coffee and coco. Bourbon dominates the flavor but other flavors come and go with teh sips. Wonderful brew!
Ughsmash (7362) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Maduro Ė GTMW pre-party. Now thatís what Iím talkiní about! Take one of my top-notch stouts and give it a little quality time in the bourbon barrel. Poured deep black with a light ring of darker tan head.. highly-viscous. Aroma was of very deeply-roasted dark chocolates and dark fruity goodness smacked upside the head with a powerful (yet somehow intricate and well-integrated) presence from the barrel.. heavy vanilla and bourbon sugars with splinters of oak
Vanilla and bourbon were also major players in the flavor department, and were very enjoyable!.. well-roasted dark chocolate, dry espresso beans and brandy-like vinous sugars ride through the back end to the long and very warm finish. The booze was not shy in this one, but was quite welcomed! Creamy and thick on the palate with well-placed sourness accenting the roasty finish. Fantastic!!
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Maduro for the GTMW pre-party. Are you kidding me, a whole pint glass of this stuff!?!?!? As I settle into my leather couch to contemplate the insanity that is about to ensue with tonightís event, I take my first sip. Immediately, Sombeast and I look across at each other and utter, "holy crap!" We were both blown away by the immense proportions of flavour associated with this brew and also by the fact that at 12% alcohol, and a full pint of this mind you, it was going to be one helluva marathon to get through all the Bellís offerings on tap. The aroma is huge with enormous notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla with a certain sweetness also emanating from the glass. Wow, the mouthfeel is thick, oily and extremely viscous. Flavours of grilled steak (believe it!), raisins, dark-bittersweet chocolate and charred oak. A bit high on the amount of bourbon in place as I would have liked to have seen the oak character emphasized a little more. Later on, some noticeable caramel notes with a residual sweetness on the palate. Good complexity in this one, but a few hints of fusels on the finish support my notion that this could have aged a bit more. Overall, Iíd still love to get some more!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft, Birreria Paradiso, Bellís Dinner. Pours a very dark, murky and oily brownish color; thin, fine-bubbled head with more oiliness than lacing. Very dense, buttery bourbon and dark chocolate and an impressively soft, toasty vanilla-tinged oak and intricate bourbon character in the aroma; just lovely. Exceptionally oily, dense mouthfeel: all the roastiness and oily, nuttiness of the non-BA version, with a soft, buttery bourbon character; plenty of vanilla and warming alcohol, but nothing harsh; creamy, dense, excellent bourbon throughout, without overwhelming the beer underneath. Medium, soft bourbon and chocolate and roasted nuts in the finish; oily and smooth.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Opaque black with no head at all. Strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, light sherry, and some raisins. Flavor was the same with a good amount of bourbon, bordering on too much (like BCS), but not quite. Huzzah! Iíve found a new BA beer that has a buttload of bourbon but I still enjoy. Loads of chewy toffee, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla in equal portions. A bit of sherry is lighter in the background. With all the aforementioned jazz, youíd think it pretty sweet, which it was, but some dry ass wood and whatever hops still in there cut it short. Toffee and bourbon linger a while in the finish. Full syrupy body with light prickly carbonation. My glass is stained with this amazing beer.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party. The beer pours to a murky black body with a small creamy light brown head that mostly dissipates. The aroma is heavy on the roasted black malts, chocolate, pine hops, black fruits, bourbon. The flavor is heavy as well. Roasted black malt, molasses, maple syrup, chocolate, pine hops, bourbon, and charred wood. The palate has a medium sweetness and full body. The texture is oily and really creamy. The alcohol is very noticeable, but I liked that.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bountiful portion at Great Taste. One of the better Bourbon Brews I tasted,(at least of the one I remember),full rich Chocolate cake ,roasted malt and everything that is wonderful about good bourbon. Taste was the same. Yes,the bourbon was on the high side,but I dont dock a brew for that if there is arich smoothness to it,and if good malt flavors still manage to come through. This was a fantastic way to staart the Festival and really raised the bar