CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 125/1152 thanks to ditmier: Pours an oily opaque black with a thin ring of light tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with nice bourbon oaky complexity. Starts with good fullness and rich sweet dark caramel malt with some molten dark chocolate and black cherry notes along with smooth bourbon balance before a bittersweet finish with a touch of roasted malt and chocolate. A very nice barrel-aged imperial stout.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Thanks sebletitje for the share. Frickin amazing beer. Where to begin? Pours deep black with tan head. Nose is toasted malt, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, overripe dark fruit, and lots of alcohol. Flavor is toasted malt, deep bourbon, magic, strong vanilla, roasted malt, coconut, a ton of depth, a few secrets, and a finish of bourbon, roasted malt, and coconut that makes this beer truly unique. A well-hidden gem that could stand with GI BCS, FFF DL, and Surly Darkness in my opinion. Well-hidden alcohol and well crafted all around.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #626, courtesy sebletitje. Black pour, thick cocoa colored head, thick lacing. Lots of oak and bourbon in the nose, vanilla, dry grain, slight smoke and ash. Flavor is big on oak, chocolate, bourbon, creamy vanilla. Full-bodied, balanced, quite good.
SHIG (3851) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a dark oily black with a tan color head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, with wood hints. Taste is chocolate along with vanilla and boozy bourbon wood throught.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Bottle # 242 of 1152. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, woody, roasty, and some chocolate. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruits, chocolate, and ligher wood. Definitely bourbon in both aromas and tastes (for me that’s not necessarily bad).
sebletitje (7221) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of screamforme.
Pours pitch black with thick lasting mocha head, leave some golden lacing.
Aroma had bourbon written all over it, notes of vanilla and wood and light roasted malts. It is primarily bourbon that comes thru and not too over the top.
Taste, quite boozy for 8.5% and glad it wasn’t any higher.
Starts sweet with notes of vanilla then bourbon topped with roasted malts and chocolate and some light notes of dark fruits..
All is just well balanced. That was some yummy beer.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Powers out. Schools are out tomorrow. 8 in + of snow on the ground. Figured this was a good time to crack this one open. Perfect cold winter’s night beer. Roasty, creamy stout flavors with tons of bourbon. Perfect pour. Me likey.
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#105/1152): Pours black with two fingers of creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet with notes of bourbon and a little dark fruit. Some roast and light vanilla. Flavor is rich in roastiness, yet retains a sweeter overall feel. Nice amount of bourbon and vanilla, coupled with some faded hops. A little bit of chocolate/mocha flavor too. Most of the flavor is up front; a tad thin on the backend. Still, very drinkable and very much a solid offering in the style.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesty of rustychiles. Use to have a cat named Ivan when I was a kid. Black body with tan head. Good dose of bourbon, oatmeal and coco on the nose. Flavor was sweet bittering hopssome roasted malt and dry coco mix powder blended together. Sweet fruit presents itself near middle of brew and fisish is some sweet bourbon that lingers on palate. Thanks Rusty
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from tytoanderso - thanks, Tyler! A really fine pour, thick and dark like sludgy chocolate milk. The cafe au lait head dissipates somewhat quickly, but the nose is pungent and lasting. The bourbon is fairly mild, integrated well with the chocolate and lactic qualities. That holds true for the flavor as well, which is richly satisfying.