dmac (3505) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle 429 of 450 batch #2 2009 via trade with daknole, thanks Dak. Wow did they make one complicated blend on this one, three beers and some barrel aging. Poured a deep dark brown body with a smaler foamy beige head and lots of visible floaties since I dumped the whole bottle into my Sam Adams snifter as I didnít want to waste a single drop of this one. Aroma really changes a lot with this as it warms up. While cold it had some serious Makers Mark goin on with some roasted coconut and unbaked raisin bread dough. With some warming notes of molasses, sweet milk chocolate and English toffee creep in to the mix. A little more warming reveals rum soaked cake and the inside of a Dunkin Donuts which is sweet and roasty at the same time as the coffee and donuts meld into an indistinguishable aroma. The body is medium/full and oily coating your mouth nicely and leaving a lingering slick inside your mouth that contributes to a long lasting aftertaste. Flavors of bourbon dominate along with that Dunkin Donuts aroma which now has taken on a new dimension in the flavor, sweet and roasty all at once. This is agreat sipper I just wish I had the patience to sit on it a few more months because this one deserves to be enjoyed ouside on a nice cool late October Sunday afternoon after watching the Vikings kick some ass.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a tanned head.
The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cookie dough and lots of bourbon.
The flavor is basically more of the same. Very prominent bourbon character with notes of vanilla and almonds. Lots of malts, roasty and doughy. The end is warming and slightly bitter.
Full bodied and smooth.
A good beer.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
67/450 from 2009 series...a nice ruddy brown pour, almost black..big, creamy beige head..bizarre aroma. slightly woody, with hints of tobacco, leather and an interesting vinous tartness that i have noticed in their batch 3 oscuro. not exactly the most inviting, considering the beers that are involved in this bottle. flavor is much better. big chocolate, oak, lactose, vanilla and a touch of that tartness noticed in the smell. it works better than the batch 3, but still doesnt seem to be a beer that meshes its components well
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 358 thanks to laroja.. Pours dark dark brown with a brown head...Aroma is very tart...Flavor is nothing like the aroma, roasty with some dark chocolate...Interesting beer.
deyholla (5371) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared between the Chicago crew, thanks to Adam! Poured near black with a yellowish brown head that dissipated slowly. Aroma was complex with some tart fruits (cherries mainly), dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of whiskey. Flavor was similar as there was a bit of tart cherry at the start with dark notes such as dark chocolate and coffee becoming dominant and a bit of underlying whiskey, especially at the finish. Seemed a bit like a beer version of chocolate covered cherry.
dpjuart (1029) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from tarheels86. Bottle 107/450. Pours dark black with rimming, brown head. Licorice, vanilla, whiskey, and chocolate dominate the nose with lots of bourbon. Flavor is chocolate with vanilla, coffee, cherry and dark fruits and lots and lots of bourbon. A touch light on body. Very good.
Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle courtesy of dpjuart. Very oaky, with vanilla, licorice, and bourbon. Rich aroma and musky, vaporous. Dark brown-black hazy with thin light tan lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation and lot of alcohol warming. Sweet, rich, malty with tons of bourbon flavor - a bit watery, however. Dates, raisins, oak, vanilla. Finishes bitter and nutty, fairly complex.
brokensail (9106) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a muddled brown color with with very little in terms of head.
S: There is a surprising amount of fruitiness to the nose, mostly of the stone variety. I also pick up plenty of barrel character in the form of vanilla, oak, and leather.
T: A nice balance of the whiskey component and caramel, vanilla, and the subtle, underlying fruit flavors (a lot of cherries). On top of all that, a bit of roast and perhaps even chocolate. A really complex flavor profile.
M: A medium bodied beer with a somewhat subtle carbonation that does prick the tongue a bit.
D: A really interesting beer from CCB and one that I enjoyed quite a bit. Lots of different flavors going on here and not too much in terms of detectable booze.
1FastSTi (3218) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 15/450 shared by someone at DLD 2k10. The beer pours to a black body with a light brown head. The aroma is sour cherry-like mash and light chocolate. The flavor is chocolate and tobacco. Some strange woody thing too. The palate is tart and has a long lingering flavor. I wasnít impressed.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Terrific aroma of bourbon barrel vanilla and the super rich nuttiness of the Bolita and Big Sound. Deceptively dark roasted flavor is not something you see coming - testifying to the presence of 110K#2. A bit better than the sum of itís parts - the barrel aging isnít too heavy handed.