AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown in color with a relatively thin head that is tan and darkens at the edges. Big, incredibly round, but not complex aroma of sweet malt, milk, and warm, dark fruit. Overall a sourness taints the flavor profile of this beer and allows nothing to show itself properly. It reads ’keep refrigerated’ on the label. Something must have continued to ferment in this that is not necessarily positive to this beer.
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, thanks SpringsLicker) Clear brown-black body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, some vanilla/bourbon. Watery medium-full body.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this in a trade, TheEnemy! Thank you thank you. Pour was black gold. Small tan head. Nose had hints of coffee and roasted malts and hints of wood and bourbon. The first taste was bourbon, wood, earthiness. As this warmed, the carbonation carried coffee and chocolate to all ends of the mouth and palate.The strong coffee taste takes over mid-way thru, and always the lingering bourbon. The complexity is beyond my humble attempt at expressing it. I am really glad to have sampled this brew. This is very well made , balanced and subtle. There is only a hint of the 9.5%.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Black with a thin tan head. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma for me, a little chocolate, and a bit of bourbon but not much else. Flavor had some roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and some bourbon. Medium boddied. I enjoyed it, but I was expecting a little better.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(on bottle, thanx René) Oily thick, micro beige head. A mellow burnt malt aroma along with vanilla, wood and a tad og rye. Tatste is first a jaunt, a gentle one, of the bourbon, a bit out of balance with the nose. Then loads of rich malts, and a very smooth, slightly acidic finish. A finish of plums and coffebeans, with some wood too. ½ way into the bottle, the bourbon got very dominating and since I don´t like bourbon, it turned me a bit off. A handfull for sure.
badHUMAN (3) - USA - MAY 6, 2006 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this is an awsome beer. Its the best beer in wisconsin or the world. its hand crafted by real people with real passion for beer. no fancy names or gimmics. The 2005 batch was a bit off due too only 3 months of aging.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is dark brown but looking at it through the glass, it’s completely black. Just a little bit of lacing around the edge. Aroma is bourbon, oak, carmel, and coffee. A slight sourness at first in the flavor that gets somewhat covered by roasted malts and chocolate with a good bit of bourbon and alcohol in the finish. A slight dry oak overtone throughout. Pretty good, but that bit of sourness sort of ruined it for me.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to sully for this. shared this with flemdawg in Fl. poured black with brown head that left some lacing. aroma, wow nice big roasted malts and bourbon, chocolate, plums, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel. flavor another wow the bourbon stayed all the way to the finish along with the alocohol, than came the roated malts, carmel didn’t show up but got some butterscotch and vanilla. good beer would like to get more of this
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2010 Pours a deep black with a nice 1 finger tan head. Aroma is strangely weak. A touch of bourbon and some grassy hops notes is about all i can smell. Body is a tad bit thin, but very smooth. Flavor starts off with nice bourbon and roasted malts, fades to an oaky vanilla, and then to a nice rich chocolaty finish.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate and roasty, lots of coffee, vanilla and bourbon flavors as well. Nice smooth tasting stout Good roasty malt flavors, the barrel aging adds some nice subtle vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors to the beer. I sort of like that its not over the top in your face taste. Hides the alcohol very well, although both the alcohol and bourbon flavors intensify as the beer warms. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter roasted malts.