daknole (8005) - 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 (7034) - Riverslime, 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 (8370) - 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 (1215) - 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 (2473) - 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 (9159) - 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.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber generously shared by Nick3 at a tasting. Of course itís your finest hour when the great Tomme Arthur brews a beer for you, and Tomme was nice enough to remind Churchillís of this indisputable fact.
This one pours black with a lasting, fairly dense tan head. Some swirls remain on the beer as it settles down.
The aroma on this one is amazing. Really showcases all that a -bal aged imperial stout can be. You get your typical roast, chocolate, and coffee, along with a malty sweetness and subtle barrel notes and whiskey.
Flavor is also really damn good. Sweet caramel malt and subtle roast, rich chocolate, molasses, oak, vanilla, coffee, whiskey, and even some dark fruits. Really comes together well.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and exceedingly smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, but not low to a fault like beers from this brewery can sometimes have.
Damn it, Tomme did it again. Nobody in the beer world makes beer geeks love him and hate him like Tomme does. Brewing - or blending I guess - this awesome beer was definitely one of Tommeís finer hours, I must say.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Churchills. Dark black pour, thin tan head. Sweet roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, nuts, molasses, oak, and hints of bourbon. Very nice beer, glad to try this rarity.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thick, brown head with a good amount of lacing. Sweet and malty with ash, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, sour and roasty notes. Full bodied and smooth yet warming.