nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle very generously shared by nickd717. Nick is really an awesome guy. No really, I mean it, he is amazing. Hands down the greatest RateBeer and BeerAdvocate member ever. No contest. Anyway, self-flattery aside, this beer pours as black as a black op with a huge creamy tan head and excellent lacing. Really looks stunning. Sort of reminded me of Jessica Alba in her heyday in a bikini. Aroma is nice and subtle, balanced and not in your face with the bourbon. Lots of chocolate and roast along with some vanilla and bourbon notes from the -bal aging. Flavor is also great and complex. Not quite as flavorful as some of the top tier RISes, but balanced. Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, anise, and a little bourbon booziness. Medium-plus body for the style, just a little boozy. Really enjoyable overall and drinkable for the style. Paired pretty nicely with a cigar.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally had this one and I can say it does indeed exist and it is indeed good to go. What surprised me was the body, it’s incredibly light. Almost too light for my liking. The champagne yeast definitely ramps up the carbonation to a super high level that nearly sends the cork off the top, but it also thins the body. The flavors of this one are light and not too roasty, I got lots of bread and also some chocolate and espresso, but on the lighter side for such a big dark beer--the beer pours black and has a medium brown head. Glad I got to try it, but I wasn’t as blown away as I have been by other beers.
Palidor19 (3076) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong and smooth with a toasted quality and heavy on the flavor. lots of espresso flavor and great dark cocoa. slightly oily and delicious all the way
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma has bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee. The appearance is black with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a great beer but the aftertaste is just a bit odd.
Bonster (181) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnum from good pal pistolpete. All an illusion?? Pours black as shit with a dark tan head. At first whiff it soon becomes the center of the universe...an event horizon of pleasure where everything else ceases to exist. Bursting aroma is full of bourbon, wood, and malts. As the rich smooth liquid coats my mouth notes of boozy chocolate mix with vanilla and wood at the back of my throat. Dreamy.
JerseyBrian (6) - Hobe Sound, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
heavy bourbon taste. very heavy. a little too much on the nose and first taste. the finish is just as harsh as the begining. Tried the 08 at the same time as 09, much more complex. the beer definetly is a homerun when you allow it time to lay down. 1yr brings out full flavors and hides some of the bourbon allowing the bourbon to give it a unique taste.
AskForJenny (1037) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75l - First of all, if you don’t enjoy bourbon don’t even think of buying this one. Red/black liquid under fleeting brown head. Nice lace and light carbonation. Bourbon notes overpower the roasted notes. Palate is hops then bourbon, finishing with a lovely vanilla. Good, but I think the price is too high relative to what you get.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Pour thick and black as night with a small brownish head. First aromas on the nose are full of bourbon and dark malts as well as some wood notes. Flavors are full of bourbon, dark chocolate, nice richness to it as well, can also taste the woodsiness. Nice smooth finish which lingers for a quite a bit. Love this beer especially the bourbon flavors.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours pitch syrupy black with thin tan head. aroma is bursting with semi sweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, slight coffee...and some how like new band-aids. drinks very smooth with some alcohol present, semi sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, burnt malts. bourbon and vanilla are most prominent at the finish. thick and oily but isnt heavy. alcohol is there but not intrusive.
That1Guy (2061) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my Honkeybra for this one. Sweet malt on the nose, the dark fruits and such with some dark malts. Flavor is great, a little hot, but very tasty. Basically a great impy. Excelent with few complaints.