HonusWagner (1115) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2010
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 My experience is similar to that of pantanap. Bottle purchased at Lost Abbey, the beer has a decent nose of wood, slight whiff of darker malt flavors. But the taste is wood up front and clear signs of infection on the back end. Has none of the richness you would want from a stout and was just simply not good. If you open your bottle now and itís been stored well, it might be a really good beer. Otherwise you shouldnít waste your time.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off.
had on draft at the release, super boozy and hot and kind of cluttered flavor profile. i prefer each component on its own, too much going on as is.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Churchills Finest Hour - 22oz bottle... Pours a medium to dark cola
caramel brown with a fluffy medium tan head that quickly dissipates
atleast in my pour... Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, a fair bit of
yeast, then turns a bit more on the fudge side with bourbon barrel
notes to coincide... Flavors, however, have changed for the worse with
sour infected notes but still has some of those chocolate notes.
Prickly carbonation and thin bodied overall. Aroma nice but flavors
unfortunataly are not.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow JW77 with a serious rare gem!!! Dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and prunes. Flavor has nice bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, black cherries. Amazing.
GT2 (7691) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2012 Gold waxed bomber at Lost Abbey. Poured a near black (really deep, clear ruby) with a massive, fizzy, red mocha head that had good retention but left giant poofs of dense lace. Aroma of whiskey, coconut, oak, vanilla, burnt cherries, chocolate truffle. Taste is whiskey, sour dark fruits, muted spicy alcohol, dark chocolate. Overall thin-bodied, relatively tart, easy to drink for 11%. People buying this for $120 on eBay just blows my mind. 7/3/2010 8/5/7/3/14=3.8
651mL copper wax 2012 ed thanks to Emily! Pours deep black. Medium, spritzy reddish head. Awesome savory, tawny bourbon nose: malted milk balls, rendered fat, smokey bacon, dried guajillo pepper. Wow. Taste is lighter than Serpents Stout, tangy, rich dark chocolate, butter, lactic semisweet chocolate, cocoa butter. Palate is not sticky sweet or even dense- very fluffy and light with mega cocoa butter. Awesome. One of the best barrel characters Iíve experienced. Classic. 11/8/2012 9/4/8/5/17=4.3
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BottleÖ This beer rocks!Ö Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head that never quite goes away. The nose is a gorgeous swirl of nutty raw oak, bourbon and chocolate with undertones of port, tobacco and maple syrup. Full-bodied and velvety with lively carbonation. Flavor-wise, itís chocolaty and full of carbonaceous charred oak and tobacco with light acidity. Finishes acrid, burnt and moderately bitter. World class bottle of beer courtesy of giarcsr!
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite good. Lots of bourbon, vanilla and coffee in the aroma. Maybe a touch boozy. Some nice dark malt fruity notes. In the flavor, there was more coffee and less bourbon. Mild to medium sweet, but not cloying. Still fairly hot. Very good and a treat to try. Thanks to ipa247 (I think).
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold wax dipped bomber, courtesy hopscotch. A smooth, creamy, light brown head caps a dense, ominous looking black body. Solid, jagged flares of lacing jut out diagonally across the glass. It looks pretty damn close to perfect for the style. The nose is based in dark, sweet chocolate and scorched caramel, showing a little boozy and warm with rich bourbon and vanilla barrel notes. Some dark, chewy fruits emerge from the chocolaty depths, though it remains largely cacao and caramel driven. Flavors fall right in line, again showing loads of mainly sweet dark chocolate, raw oak, fresh vanilla, and warming, sour mash bourbon. Hints of anise add a distinct, spicy, earthy sharpness. The palate is smooth, sweet, and mouth coating, with a good amount of boozy warmth on the finish. Overall, a very nice bourbon barrel stout.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very nice coffee stout, very nice and sweet and while it lacks a little in the body giving it that iced coffee feel, its still pretty good.
brokensail (9806) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is certainly a thing of beauty. A dense black beer with a fluffy mocha colored head on top.
S: The nose is full of whiskey and vanilla with some nice notes of oak and chocolate. The whiskey really is a bit too strong for my liking, however.
T: A bit sweet beer with plenty of oak and whiskey coming through despite the onslaught of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel flavors. Perhaps even a touch of molasses and some dark fruits as this one warms up.
M: Unfortunately, the body seems a bit thin (though perhaps it is from all the other beers I tried before), though the carbonation is proper.
D: A bit heavy on the booze character, but still a nice beer. I would imagine that this one will become a nice treat in a few months.