yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at HDG Daze. Nice dark color. Pretty much pitch black. Aroma of crazy bourbon and alcohol. Not much else on the nose, the bourbon covers up the malt sweetness. Faint vanilla or malasses maybe but its a struggle. Taste is more smooth than I expected. A lot of bourbon but was not hot at all. Nice when warms a bit but still took me some time to drink. Very good overall.
MaxxDaddy (397) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at HDG. Pours pitch black with no head. The aroma is a hard hit of bourbon followed by some roast. Pretty promising. Unfortunately, the bourbon element dominated this beer. Some oak and vanilla as well, though when warmed up for about 15 minutes, some chocolate finally came through. Maybe I should’ve waited another 15 minutes for this one...
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at HDG DOTD II. Opaque black in color with a small brown head. Aroma: bourbon, chocolate, roast, vanilla in. Taste is a nice mix of bourbon, chocolate, roast, wood, vanilla, molasses and some light alcohol. Full bodied, and complex. Bourbon was very much in the forefront but didn’t completely overpower the taste. I thought this was my favorite of all the beers on tap that day.
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at HDB Daze of the Devil II. Pours a viscous solid black with a small tight chocolate brown head. Aroma is excellent with tons of bourbon booziness, vanilla, chocolate and a slight touch of wood. Medium bodied with bubbly cahmpagne like carbonation and lots of alcohol warming. Lots of bourbon coming through on the flavor with some vanilla and a slight bit of chocolate. As much as I enjoyed this the aroma was far superior to the flavor, just like how Chuck D was far superior to Flavor Flav.
egajdzis (5254) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, dark tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, strong roasted malts, caramel, wood, and light alcohol. Really reminded me of Alesmith’s BA Speedway. Taste of roast, molasses, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and chocolate, with a bit of alcohol in the finish.
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap in a snifter at Hop Devil’s "Daze of the Devil" fest, 1/19/08
A: Pours a color midway between mahogany and burnt siena, with a moderate 1-finger dark cream-colored head.
S: Woah, did I singe my nostrils? I wasn’t expecting that, like putting my face in a vat of Maker’s Mark. Vanilla cuts a wide swath through the oaky bourbon character, is joined by a slight not of dark chocolate, but even combined are not enough to mask the obvious alcohol presence.
T/M: Huge whiskey nose, just like the aroma warned. And unlike other big BA stouts, doesn’t go away. Ever. In fact, it’s a bit much (and I love this style, see: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout for an example of brewing perfection). The oakiness imparts some dryness to the finish, and vanilla is surely present, but I found the constant, ever-present bourbon led to an almost sour cherry flavoring that wasn’t entirely enjoyable. Syrupy, as might be expected.
D: Due to the overbearing bourbon character, I wouldn’t consider this terribly drinkable. I would try again, as I do love the style, but its surely been done better before.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Hop Devil. Probably the highlight of the fest for me (besides Paul’s homebrew). Looks like pure oil coming out of the tap. Big, boozy, heavy whiskey aroma seems like it may be a sign of things to come, but it ain’t. Flavor is calm, but refined, and as the beer warms breaks into an awesome complexity that is rarely found in bourbon stouts. Molasses, smoke, a nice chalkiness. Body is super-thick. Very good stuff.
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Hop Devil Grill. Poured a black color with a smallish brown head. Aroma was strong on the alcohol and bourbon; some oak and vanilla. Flavor was similar. Lacked a desired balance and was over ran by the boozy bourbon flavor. However, it was still pretty tasty.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Hop Devil Grill. Black pour with a little brown head. Lots of bourbon in the aroma, some vanilla and oak. The flavor is mostly bourbon, vanilla, sour from the oak, and roasted malt. Just too much bourbon for me.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Hop Devil: Pours opaque black with a deep brown ring for head. Huge boozy aroma. Almost all vanilla. Thick sticky body, which slightly cloying. Flavor is high octane. Vanilla extract and enormous rum character, not bourbon. Too hot, and no roast to it. Lacks balance.