Carnell (1) - USA - JAN 31, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour vaery dark with a brown milky head. Bourbon taste is noticible as its almost alchaholic in taste, Interesting big beer.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black, with a tan head that dissipates immediately. Woody nose, vanilla , brown sugar and alcohol. Vinous astringent start, woody mid.
Harsh alcohol heat and bitterness. Anisette overtones
The unpleasant bitterness in the finish is from alcohol, not roast or hops
Not exactly complex or well blended
Actually a big waste of time and money
mcberko (5378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 650mL bottle, pours black with a tan head. Dense aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses and a hint of licorice, and tons of booze. Flavour is incredibly boozy, with bourbon and oak throughout and lingering notes of bitter chocolate / molasses and vanilla. The booze is terribly worked in and the bourbon dominates. Thin palate for it is and not rich in complexity. Not so good.
CapFlu (4370) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Rialto Liquor Store for an insane $11.80. Pours jet black, opaque with a near non-existent head. Very syrupy. Nose is pure soya sauce, vanilla and oak chips. The flavour is intriguing - reminds me of Sam Adams Triple Bock - very cloying, though some hints at raw vanilla and toasted bourbon woodiness. Very ash-like. I like this beer a lot but at this pricing point I’m feeling a little let down - its somewhat one-dimensional without a coffee or chocolate base. They did a wonderful job covering the 11.8% ABV, one wouldn’t think its more than 8%.