dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared during AZRBWG courtesy of BOLTZ7555. Pour is black with a tan head. Aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, bourbon/brandy,
roasted malt, coffee, and light ash. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of oak, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla. Overall body is full, viscous and finishes with some warming alcohol.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Max and Jessís place. Pours a deep black to brown with a touch of a purple hue. Big chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roast and warm brownies. A touch boozy, with lots of chocolate and roast. Roast again, chewy. Big bitter roast and touches of spicy wood on the finish. Sort of wish weíd had this earlier in the tasting, as it was quite good, but we were pretty much beat at that point and it didnít get the reception it probably deserved.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(sample at RBWG 2011-Phoenix). Pours oily black with dark head. Aroma has lots of bourbon/brandy goodness. Taste is sweet with some heat from the alcohol. Full bodied with a burn on the finish. Very nice beer.
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by boltz7555 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Black with a small tan head, no lacing but great legs that coated the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruits and woody
Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruits, oak and vanilla
Very good and easy to drink. Enjoyed this one.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle shared by mreusch. Pour is black deep brown with only a touch of an oily head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, soy and some thick sweet molasses. Giant nose. Taste is syrupy cane sugar, light soy, and a big jolt of Bourbon and wood. Palate is medium to heavy, a bit oily in the mouthfeel, and a lingering sweet boozy finish. Pretty heavy handed on the sweet, booze and barrel for my taste. Thanks for opening this one Matt.
bvc (1141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml yellow waxed and capped, thanks Dave! Pours a thick viscous black with a few loose bubbles around the edges. Rich roasty chocolate malt, hints of ash, balanced coffee, tons of barrel...peach, apple, vanilla, vodka. Viscous oily body with no carbonation. Dark bitter cocoa, raisins, plum, vodka, licorice, vodka, apple, vodka, ashy oak...did I say vodka? So boozy and hot...I was so looking forward to this beer.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well 100th percentile and not carbonated? Ok. Nose of vanilla, dark fruit vinousness, dark malts, roast. Black pour, no head. Flavors of bourbon barrel vanilla brown sugar, vodka, pepper,brandy vinuous notes, roast. Not carbonated, a little hot. Extra boozy. Thick, sweet, almosty syrupy. Lingering actual beer flavor - roast... Oh thereís the barrel. Fuck. 4.6. Did I mention its not carbonated.
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750, capped and waxed. Thanks bvc! Pours jet black with no head lace or legs. Big peach and vanilla nose, tons of bourbon and wood. Roast behind that. Sticky thick flat body. Roast, coffee, and tons of peach and vanilla on the mid palate. Would be nice to taste more beer and less barrel, along with some bubbles.
douglas88 (5556) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Talk about a treat. Bottle thanks to BOLTZ7555, thanks so much man! I love me some Cigar City, and once again they prove just how good this stuff is. Pours one of those amazing pure black brews with a large dark brown head. The aroma is a blast of dark fruit, oak, bourbon, sweet candies. The flavor was very good, it had the intense dark fruit I crave, very oaky and while the bourbon and brandy were contributors, they didnít dominate, though there is no doubt about the barrel aging. Some hops shine though well. Complex, tasty, a great palate. Uh, this beer is awesome. Reminded me a bit of my all time favorite, Expedition.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty, vinous nose..big, alcohol, thick smelling..huge brownie chocolate with a lil zing of some char. Dark brown pour, not much if any lasting head. Flavors mimic the nose pretty much...though I notice the bourbon influence a lot more in the way of booze and vanilla...not sure about the brandy barrel though...decent, big, and consuming in the mouth. Decent beer but not mindblowing.