beernbourbon (1209) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is pure black with no head at all! Aroma is loaded with roasted malt, dried fruit, light bourbon, light vanilla, light oxidation, and faint wood. Flavor is rich roasted malt, dried fruit, light vanilla, light bourbon, faint coffee, notable oxidation and light wood. Totally flat; sad. So disappointing. Really pretty average as flat beer. Well, it happens.
mpersinger (327) - , California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Special thanks to kmweaver (via a guy named Terry) for this sought-after 750ml rarity that I got to sip with a few friends. Pours quiet with bubbles emerging to surface like from a hot spring (of tar) to form a carmel-colored compact halo. Bold aromas reveal dark malt, chewy dark fruit, dusty flour and bourbon. Sample moves heavy in glass but with minimal legs. Body is full but not sludgy or goopy, and the flavor profile is dominated by dark fruit with molasses, and layers of tobacco, flour, bourbon, and brandy. There is a grand balance between some residual sweetness and vinous alcohol flavors & warmth as it goes down. The blend of the two barreled beers is well-executed. Thereís also a backnote of perceived salinity that could be hops, oak tannin, mineral or yeast.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taste thanks to Jeremy!
Black oily pour, thin white ring. Hot nose with more bourbon than brandy, light chocolate and wood. Heavy sugar-front palate, milk chocolate mid and booze in the finish. Very thin and barrel, no malt, no original beer. A bit sticky and hot, very sweet as well, and completely over-done barrel.
Cavie (3546) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
#2100. Bottle major thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a VERY dark brown color with no head and little carbonation. Aroma is fat wood, alcohol, bourbon, oak and roasted malts. Very thick nose. Flavor is fairly smooth. Nice vanilla, wood, chocolate malts, and roasty notes. Finishes vanilla chocolate. Very good and much smoother than I was anticipating.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Matt for bringing this to his recent tasting, what a bottle. Never thought Iíd get the opportunity to try this one. Big black viscous pour with no head. Aroma was of huge bourbon notes, rich roasted dark malts, light vanilla and a subtle coffee presence. I could have smelled this for days. There was a big bourbon presence throughout this one without being dominated by it, didnít get much, if anything at all from the brandy barrel. Super smooth all around, huge viscous mouthfeel, slick finish. I loved the idea of blending the two barrels but the bourbon dominated. A top shelf barrel aged stout from CCB.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of wavers1 (a surprise gift for my birthday; sheer craziness). Thanks so much, dude! Pours a hugely dense, dark chocolate-brown color with minimal light coming through at the edges; very thin line of dark-tan bubbles at the perimeter, barely lasting. Immense aroma of dark chocolate, vinous alcohol, and some well-integrated piney hop bitterness; the barrel character here is essentially seamless: lush, soft-edged brandy notes along with a toasty, vanilla-tinged, sharper bourbon character; prickly alcohol that approaches a peppery character; a very endearing, complex nose. Full body; very light carbonation; modest levels of highly vinous alcohol present here, lightly prickly and pleasant when it pokes through; moderate levels of acidity, giving this an overall mouthfeel thatís really quite nice; loads of dark and milk chocolate; some licorice and caramel and leather notes; the barrel character is, again, a lush, honeyed brandy character helped out with a modest, slightly spicy bourbon barrel character; light amounts of vanilla and char; for how many bad imperial stouts there are out there, this is very nicely integrated, soft-edged, lush and awesome. Great beer. Long finish of milk and dark chocolate, mild charred barrel; reasonably dry.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml with big thanks to ericandersnavy---the CCB "Ambassador" of Texas!!! Poured a still, (used) oily-black, extremely leggy (amber coating on the glass) body. Virtually no hint of carbonation(?). Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, roasty, espresso, oak, barrel, ashy, dark chocolate. Flavors are similar to the aromas, but, are intensified greatly. Very roasty, fresh coffee, alcohol comes and goes, bourbon (missing the brandy) and an extremely long coffee bitter finish. A slick, coating, oily mouthfeel with no carbonation. The aromas and flavors are great, but, I feel they suffer from a lack of carbonation.
arminjewell (5143) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks as usual to my florida hookup! Oily black pour, thin to no head. Aroma had notes of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, and a touch of brandy. Taste is big brandy mixing with the sweet bourbon and vanilla, a nice smoky and coffee note with a slighty roasted finish. Great.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one. this beer pours black with little to no head with aromas of chocolate, cherries, licorice and coffee. Mouthfeel is bitter and burnt with an oilyness. This is a very complex beer! Cheers!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a thick black color with a faint bubbly brown head. No lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark esters, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and is quite vinous. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark esters, whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Very nice! The chocolate and dark fruit really lingers in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not over bearing. Would have been nice to have a touch more carbonation. Overall, an excellent beer. Thanks Jason.