JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black/brown body, brownish creamy head. Light, good hops, roasty dark malts.
Sweet and roasty malt body, sweetened plastic glue-like hops. Light oaky bourbon. Roasty rich coffee and oatmeal. Real bitter roastiness + hops I like.
Great mouthfeel and flavor. Definite winner.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big black pour w/ a tall dark tan creme of wheat looking thick head w/ thick lacing. Hot alcoholic aroma light coccoa powder some roast malts hints of coffee touches of vanilla I want to say theres even a tiny touch of cherry in it. Rich creamy palate full well coated. Flavor is very nice... light barrel notes are a highlight not a dominate flavor.. some bitter coccoa powder touch of tobacco some butters and roasty malts a lightly bitter finish light oaks and hints of vanilla. Very nice.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bombers thanks to hopdog and arrogantb! Poured black as night into my snifter with a short chocolatey/tan head that receded to a dusting and loose ring.
My first impression of the aroma consisted of sweeter roasted chocolates and coffee.. sweeter than expected... as it warmed up, charred oak and vanilla integrate nicely along with smoky molasses.. burnt espresso too.
The flavor finds heavily-roasted dark malts (espresso, bakerís chocolate, licorice, and molasses) with a very complimentary barrel influence (charred oak and vanilla), sweet, but distant bourbon sugars, and alcohol warmth... the finish was long and coffee-based.. a tad grainy and warm.
Thick on the palate but flowed rather quickly across thanks to alcohol and coffee + woody bitterness... rich, warm, and satisfying! Excellent stuff!
BrockLanders (760) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2010 Bomber. Another very dark black pour with a big brown head. Aroma seems very sweet with a roasty coffee smell that dominates...maybe a hint of chocolate, and woody cask bourbon. Sweet roasty flavor is quite good, expanding on the aroma. Full bodied...hop bitterness more pronounced late in the taste...quite enjoyable.
Just picked up 6 bottles of the 2009 version from a little liquor store next to the CBC in Coronado.....not the worst price Iíve seen @ 10.99 per bomber. Great IS......one of my favorites....Iím going back tomorrow to grab a few more to bring home!!!
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would rate this beer higher if it was already cellared. It was just released around christmas 06í but I can tell this beer is made to age. Although still great now. Possibly the thickest stout i have ever head. Almost like syrup. The primary flavors are the roastiness and the licorice, not to say that it tastes like licorice but the flavor is definitely there. The oaky an vanilla flavors are much more subtle and mostly serve to round it out and mellows it down a little.I poured this in a goblet, after finishing my glass and going to rinse it our I noticed there was a thick syrup still in the bottom of the glass. Cant wait to have this again i a year or two!
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep impenetrable dark, with a huge thick head. With a chocolate, espresso and vanilla on the nose. Hint of tabacco up front with toasted chocolate, oak and coffee finish. Rich and chewy texture, a great one to share!
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 22oz, big thanks to indiana red for this. a cool label and i like how tight and clean the black wax is. pours pitch black with big tan head. nose is an extremely muted bakerís chocolate, tobacco, solid oak. flavor is wonderful, extremely smooth and rich. flavor notes of bakerís chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, sorta bitter PNW hops thing going on, subtle bourbon, molasses, and licorice. mouthfeel is extremely thick and chewy (which made it harder to drink and lost a palate point). carbination is real low. alcohol is slightly warming but not harsh and is well hidden. the barrel doesnít play a big role but perhaps add some depth and complexity. perhaps the roasted malts havenít come into their own and are a little raw at this stage. i think a year or two will improve this beer.3.7.
2007 vintage, thanks to holdenn for sharing at P4. looks fantastic, black with creamy tan head. extremely dry bakers chocolate nose. flavor is also very dry and chalky chocolate notes. not a lot going on and this is extremely dry. i dont know how age will improve that though. weíll see.3.6.
1/3/09, ’06 vs. ’08. both look great, black with creamy tan head. The ’06 aged into a more complex dark chocolate and coffee notes with the original ashy character sliding more into the background of the beer as it is still pretty dry. very smooth finish to this. The ’08 had a big out of place green hop character with that original Abyss ash tray quailty. Clearly 2 years helps this beer a lot as this is the first time I actually enjoyed Abyss. So sit on this for a few years.Rating: Abyss ’06 (aged 2 years) - 3.9, Abyss ’08 Fresh - 3.3.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, Archer Ale House
This is pretty fucking black, with a medium brown head. The aroma shows milk chocolate, pecans, wood, alcohol and a touch of ill-fitting whisky. Full body. Creamy, milk chocolatey. Light woody hop notes and standard impy roast. Clean, full-flavoured and very typical PNW hoppy impy type. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing to seperate it from the pack either.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick, light brown head wtih some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and full of roasty coffee notes with a little malt showing through. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter with notes of licorice and roasted coffee, as well as, light chocolate notes. Full bodied, dry and a touch warming.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of bitbucket. Excellent beer. Bourbon and oak notes are very subtle. This beer isnít in your face like a Bourbon County. The usual stout flavors dominate, with undertones of smoke, bourbon, and oak. Excellent.