fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle, pours pitch black with a tall frothy chocolate mousse head. Aroma is sweet cream, light vanilla and black roasted malt. Creamy roasty, lightly smoked malt body with a touch of oats. Some sweet cream and vanilla end with a light bourbon note. The barrel added a nice touch, but did not overpower the brew and I like it.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some toast, chocolate, and some molasses. Flavor is caramel, toast, oak, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and alcohol.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Bottle through trade with glouglouburp. thanks dany! Much needed after a rough work week, even though it’s wednesday. Pours a black with a big espresso cream tan head. leaves some great lace on the glass. Aroma is really pleasant bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla concocation. Taste is quite bourbon forward, a hot alcohol heat. Some doughy chocolate, cream, and vanilla as well, but the heat is distracting. This bottle has been sitting since at least the summer, not sure what batch it is. Sticky creamy mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected. Overall, pretty good stuff. tasty, great aroma, good lookin brew, not overly complex, and a bit hot. Watered down chocolate bourbon/whiskey concoction.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a huge incredibly dark, rich and full brown head hat lingers forever and produces nice lacing. The aroma was strong with chocolate, coffee, rum, wood and licorice. The flavor was chocolate syrup, coffee, licorice, rum, wood and roasty malts. The finish was very long. The body was silky smooth but a touch thin. Excellent.
nickd717 (4000) - 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 (3127) - 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 (4357) - 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.