OldMrCrow (2156) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Year-old bottle shared with acertain and derkruk.
Pours brown with a limited head. There’s some sugar on the nose, but it’s mostly all bourbon here without the complexity that I see so often referenced in the other ratings. Instead I get a fairly thin mouthfeel and a flavor that is utterly dominated by the bourbon. The beer is rather sour, slightly salty and leaves me wondering whether this one did not hold up well to the aging process. It seems that I had the beer that ClarkVV describes, not the gem that so many other rates have tasted.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Brewblackhole! Dark pour. Smell of coffee, malt, caramel, hops and bourbon. Taste of chocolate, roasted coffee, malt, hops and bourbon. Not too strong nor weak. Dry bitterness at the end. Can taste caramel and more alchol as it warms.
beerlvr (5) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2006 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One for the brewer and his willingness to make a bold statement. A dark/black thick with little to no head pour. The aroma is heavy with burbon and chocolate. The taste is noteably burbon and quickly turns to a sweet chocolate spice flavor. There is a is an alcohol kick to this brew that stays with you for a while. Best consumed from a Brandy sniffter (have tried straignt from the bottle cold, room temp, frosted glass, frosted glass letting warm, and tap in sniffter). Flavor intensifies as it ages; bought a case and seems to get better with time.
skoisirius (1844) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle (thanks to acertain!!) into a Snifter type glass. Pours a very dark brown with a blackish tint to it with basically no head whatsoever. There is also small tiny tan sediment chunks floating around near the bottom of the glass. The nose is almost entirely filled with bourbon and oak with a tiny bit of dark malt escaping beneath the overpowering duo. The flavor comes on surprisingly sweet with a creamy vanillay and chocolately, start which quickly progresses into a very intense oaked bourbon flavor mixed in with a big hunk of coffee (which is mainly overpowered by the bourbon oak). This intense flavor then gets an alcohol kick tossed in the mix, which then finishes with the bourbon, oak, spicey, and alochol kick that lingers for quite a bit. Really an impressive brew! You can definitely begin to feel the 9.5% after drinking it. I would LOVE to find another one of these!! Thanks again Andrew!
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was definite bourban, oak, with some cream, and chocolate. Body was black with ruby edges. Taste was chocolate, and bourban with a light note of coffee.
IrishBoy (3956) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2015 2006 bottle Nose of bourbon with coffee, vanilla, and a little chocolate; Dark brown with red edges and a tint tan head; Flavor was of bourbon, vanilla, with coffee notes and a samll hop finish. 9/4/8/4/17 4.2 8/28/06 2014 12 oz bottle from xdtfx. Nose is tons of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and very light bourbon. Clear dark brown with a big heavy lacing tan head but a rather thin body. Flavor is lightly sweet and peppery with lots of oaky vanilla and chocolate. Better than last time love the big chocolate bite.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to hopdog for this one in a trade...
Appears a black with a dark caramel hue around the edges. A nice, 2 finger tan head slowly fades out into a gentle cap. Scattered spots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and sweet, warmed, brown sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas highlighted by the oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and cocoa flavors that is a blend that’s certainly worthy of any beer/bourbon lover’s time.
Mouthfeel is creamy, bourbony bite, chocolate sweet, and perhaps just a shade of sourness that is buried far in the background and not noticeable enough to penalize.
If anyone has any more bourbon aged brews that they would like to trade, or sell...please let me know. These always seem to be a sure fire winner in my book.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma was all sorts of chocolates, toffee, carmel, smokiness, and a little roast. There was maybe a hint of the bourbon barrels but nothing really pronounced as far as bourbon aroma is concerned. The color was a great dark brown with a toffeee colored head that had a ring around the glass the entire time. Flavors were also of smokiness and toffee, carmel, woodsy a little oak maybe from the barrel, but still no real good bourbon flavors came through. This was a good stout overall but a little thin in the body and prolly one of my least favorites of the BB Stouts I have tried. thanks for the bottle Blake!
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Had a sweet roasty and wood barrel aroma. Black body with thin tan head. Bourbon dominated the flavor up front with a good somewhat sweet roasted taste to it. Middle till end rich chocolate mats, roasty some alcohol still there. Definently a body warmer. Smooth finish after a stong bourbon start. Good beer.
Suttree (5540) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown, almost but not quite black and thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, prune, chocolate, coffee, all weel blended. Flavor is dark chocolate, vanilla, raisin and prune blueberry, coffee and yes there is a bourbon flavor in there, too. As it warma, an herbal, woody note meegers, as does some brown sugar. A lot going on here, but well made, and very tasty. Thanks, Santa!