madmitch76 (12141) - , Essex, - JAN 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10th October 2008. GABF. Bloody hell this was confusing! This was served as Royal Oil at GABF but the beer is a thick black stout. This was so good we visited the brewpub but when we asked for Royal Oil what we got was a brown barrel aged barleywine! Later on we got this beer by itís proper name. So I am sure as I can be this was mislabelled at GABF 08. Went back again and again for this beer - marvelous! Itís an opaque black stout. Light and creamy palate. Wonderful non dry oak and bourbon flavours. Sweet creamy bourbon finish. Fantastic.
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap @ Bull & Bush. Black in color with a small tan head. The nose is booze, bourbon, vanilla, and tons of acetone. Really intense solvent aroma. Notes of fudge and dark fruit. Flavor has some decent fudge and vanilla, some bourbon, roast, and a heavy dose of acetone and green apple. Unfortunate.
douglas88 (5131) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. I think this may have contrubuted to my own liquid brain but anyway...Pours a deep brown color. A big nose of syrup, wood and smoke. The flavor is deeper with coffee, dark fruity syrup, dark fruit, syrah? Very good. Interesting as hell.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Lots of sweet fruity alcohol on the nose. Sweet raisin flavor, boozy, toasted.
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage after aged in bourbon barrels for 14 months, on tap at the brew pub. Dark black pour with creamy tan head, aroma brought notes of big bourbon and vanilla, slight booze but not overwhelming, nice chocolate and caramel notes with a decent roasted quality as well. Taste is a nice mix of big bourbon and vanilla notes, oak, hints of caramel and toffee, slight chocolate notes, hints of roast, finishes fairly sweet but drying. Tasty stuff, needed the age and could even use a bit more, but really nice.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ B&B. Pours a black appearance with a creamy foamy dark brown head. Fairly potent, smooth whiskey, dark, roasty malty, oaky nose. Actually quite sweet with some fruity flavors and a dark roasty malty body over a fairly smooth but slightly boozy whiskey flavor. Slightly sour, fruity flavor I didnít enjoy too much. Quite sweet, roasty, whiskey aftertaste.
onceblind (3190) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 On tap @ Bull & Bush brewpub. Pours a sinful rich black, with minimal dark tan head, and no lacing. Creamy yet dissipating. Smell is kinda boozy, but loaded with black licorice, with a fruity hint of what I can only describe as red apple. Flavor explodes out of the gate. Black licorice and red apple arenít as noticeable, but are instead overshadowed by smooth spicy whiskey and heavy dark malts. Very powerful and not very balanced or complex. However, it is one of the better whiskey stouts Ive had. Thereís enough stout to offset the whiskey. More braun than brain, if you willl (ha!). Couldnít finish my glass. Had to dump the rest. Which is not to say it was a drain pour, it was just too much, and definitely not for me. The whiskey started souring my mouth.
dnstone (2046) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wood barrel, honey and roasty aroma. Black in color. Taste is woody with deep roastiness and honey tones...nice alcohol finish.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery on September 15, 2010. Deep, deep dark brown color, pretty solid. Thin red hue at the top of the brew from the brewpubís lighting. Head doesnít stick around for long. Aroma is a little sour from the apparent aging in wood, alcoholic and liquor-ish. Flavor is strong with alcohol and not easy... very fumy with strong alcohol. Strong, but very good. Might be easier to drink given a little more malt backing, something to weigh down the alcohol so it doesnít seem as much like youíre drinking a glass of soured isopropyl alcohol. Regardless, itís very, very good. Just not something you should be drinking at the end of a long day of drinking. :) Next to their imperial brown, my second favorite.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured for Bull & Bush at GABF and had quite a bit of this on draft. Pours black and viscous with a one-finger tan head sitting on top. The aroma is huge on this. Rather roasty and slightly coffeeish with big-time blackstrap molasses, bourbon, -bal, and some slight soy sauce. The flavor is great if a little unbalanced. Gigantic roast, caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, soy, bourbon, vanilla, and -bal. Intense. Slightly boozy with thick, full body and medium-low carbonation. Rather oily and slick on the mouthfeel. Overall, this beer is a real mess, but a good one. Iíd go for it again.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/18/10. pitch black pour with a 1 finger tan head. big roasted bourbon nose. huge body with layers of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, bourbon and vanilla. so silky smooth. big finish with all of the above.