elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, shared with Dan after a phenomenal golf round at Bethpage Black! Pours dark brown, opaque, and with a lasting brown head. Aroma has dark chocolate, maltiness, vanilla, molasses, and whole wheat bread. Palate is creamy and smooth, with some prickly effervescence kicking in from mid-palate on. Flavor starts with wood, bittersweet chocolate, and roasts. This feeds into alcohol and bittering hops. Overall, this was a nice balanced offering, though I didn’t think the blend of bourbon-barrel and stout “worked” as well as expected. The alcohol showed through markedly, compromising the firmness of the dark chocolate, roasts, and other flavors.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sharpie black in color with a small thin head.
Smells mostly of coffee and roasted black barley.
Very balanced for somethign so big. Nice dark chocolate notes, light oakiness, the coffee isnt overbearing at all, bourbon finishes it off with some nice heat. A little thin on the mouth.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a big dark brown head. Aroma and flavor of smoke, wood, bourbon and dark chocolate. Finish of dark chocolate and smoke.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml, courtesy of Bman1113vr) Pours a dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. poured black with copper head and nice legs. aroma of chocolate, coffee, and dark roast. flavor was the same. mouthfeel was slick with low carbonation. thanks again andrew for another great beer.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating 1,500! Bottle via trade. Pours black with a two finger chocolate head. Amazing nose of chocolate, biiiig chocolate, vanilla and bourbon also prevalent. Flavor was also big on creamy chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a little booze. Overall an amazing beer, would love to get my hands on a few more of these.
Boutip (4441) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large dark brown foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of bourbon and sweet malt is interesting though bourbon is more dominating then I had expected. Taste is also dominated by bourbon with some notes of alcohol and very subtle sweet roasted malt. Body is full with somewhat creamy texture with great carbonation and some alcohol is apparent. Good though a bit too much alcohol was apparent for my taste.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Sampled from the bottle courtesy of Smokepot23@AleSmith’s tasting bar: Black body is covered with a small light brown hesd. Aroma is sweet with coffee and chocolate. Flavor starts semi-sweet dark chocolate followed by coffee and finishes with a bakers chocolate bitterness. Full body is silky with soft carbonation.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours pitch black in color with full foamy brown head. Aroma sweet, coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste bourbon, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate with bitter finish.
garthicus (2569) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
With thanks to HogTownHarry for picking this up in Buffalo for me! Appearance: A lovely used motor oil body with nice thick creamy brown head. Aroma: Chocolate-peat, bourbon, leather, vanilla, lots of malt, alcohol, yeast, some almost strawberry notes with a nice hint of whiskey in the finish of the aroma. Flavour: Tremendous, lots of oak, smoke, bitter chocolate, with burnt malt and coffee. There’s some alcohol but it’s not overpowering, thin but somehow creamy body with nice tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue and a very long malt-whiskey-chocolate finish. Just superb.