burg326 (3078) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Kickbacks, poured a dark brown color almost black. Aromas of licorice, earth, booze, anise, and some chocolate. Flavors are the same, boozy aftertaste, lightly carbonated and thin on the palate. A nice BA beer that I miszed a few times, glad this one was still on tap.
DTM (774) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Strong aroma of licorice. Tasted of chocolate and of course licorice. I thought it the anise flavor may put me off, but it got better as it went along. Top notch!!
deyholla (5841) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBWG 2014, thanks! Pours a near clear dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice bourbon and dark grain combination with light roast and bitter chocolate backing. Flavor has bourbon up front with a bit of dark grains and roast growing and supported by dark chocolate.
MadIndian (2265) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle gift from SJ. Looks like a Bell’s Thursday for me. Nice bold flavors of vanilla, molasses, wood, roast and caramel malt. I think the alcohol was hidden really well. A very good blend and thick body.
jcnielsen (1634) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to dalzale for sharing. Pours a black color with white head. Oak, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol flavors.
NielsenRatings (8077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Armin’s house, courtesy of DalzAle. Thanks! Pours a deep reddish brown appearance with a tiny brown head. Big caramel, toffee, whiskey, vanilla aroma. Really rich gooey, dark chocolate, thick toffee, brown sugar, big whiskey flavor. Tasty but big.
arminjewell (5562) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Greg! Dark black pour with no head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, hints of vanilla, dark fruit, this is awesome. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, coffee, nice dark fruit into a big vanilla, earth, finishing fairly sweet, earthy, bourbon forward.
HonkeyBra (3054) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the GTMW2013 pre-party, and several other times. Pours an oily black color with a tan head. Aroma of raisins, chocolate, bourbon, mild caramel and vanilla notes. Licorice, coffee, and roasted malts show up in the aroma too. Flavor is bourbon, booze, anise, coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of licorice as well. Mildly bitter, with strong booze and spirit influence, with a fair amount of sweetness from the base beer creeping through. Chewy and thick mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and boozy. Interesting variant on the odd beer that was 9000.
Howlader (385) - - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried a 4oz taster at Chuchkey in Washington DC in the summer of 2013 during a Bell’s event.
jackl (3767) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #3400. Bottle @ Bruce’s palatial pad. Cheers to whoever procured this. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is raisin chocolate cookies. Rocky road fudge. Nice, sweet, sludgy nose. The taste is similar. Super sweet burnt brown sugar and raisin. Fudge and caramel. A touch of vanilla and woody bourbon on the finish. Luckily the bourbon doesn’t dominate the beer. Hot but enjoyable. Full mouthfeel, fine carbonation. Quite good.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Autumn Brew Review, 2013. Good, for a bourbon aged beer which compliments rather than overwhelms the flavor of this fine imperial stout. Some vanilla, heavily roasted grain and a thick, syrup-like palate. Very low carbonation.