mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to thirdeye11 for holding onto this one. pitch black with a khaki head, coats the glass quite well. vanilla, chocolate, huge oak, and syrup on the nose. thick and chewy on the palate, maple, vanilla, roasted malts, leather, do want more.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. This has been on my wants for a long time.
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head.
The aroma is a mix of licorice and roasted malt. The beer’s aroma reminds me of Ten Fidy and is a little disappointing.
The flavor more than makes up for the slight disappointment in the aroma. I get a ton of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and maple. The flavor is very complex and all of the flavors meld together very well, with none of the individual flavors stomping on the others.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
This is how you do a bourbon barrel aged beer. Excellent.
beerbastard (630) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2011 Good stuff! Bourbon with some chocolate nose. Great palate. Bitter chocolate some licorice, Very smooth. The best thing about this is, its not too over bourbony. Some of the bourbon barrel aged beers are too strong with the bourbon. This ale is better balanced than most. Some wood in the finish. This is as great as any of the best. They just don’t get any better than this
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a one finger tight bubbled frothy brown head that retained as a thin film. The nose is quite rich and complex. Nicely light on the bourbon, allowing some interesting vinous, tobacco, oak, rich chocolate, roast, and even some light hops to shine as well. Much like I find their anniversary series, the nose is great, but the flavor is a little too bourbon heavy. It gets a little better the more you have, but it still takes me back a step. The chocolate, vinous, and oak notes are really nice though and overall outweigh the negative bourbon character. The alcohol is very well hidden for such a high ABV as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied and a touch clingy with all the residual sweetness, but overall it’s quite drinkable for being so hefty. Nice soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty damn good.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
OMG all the way on this one. Not much to say short of a novel. This brew is well balanced, strong, generous, complex and thought provoking. One of the best for sure. TRUMP!
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF. Black with nice tan head. Aroma has lots of roasted chocolates, raspberries dipped in chocolate, dark berries, light smoke, booze. Taste has sweet chocolates upfront, roasty in back. Oily texture.
5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Brouwer’s Café:   Black, deep brown hues, moderate foamy brown head, spotty lacing.   Strong Bourbon on the nose, graham cracker and roasted marshmallows.   Strong Bourbon on the tongue, heavy graham cracker, smooth roasted malts, sweet, minor oak.   Good stuff.   A little hot, very warming going down.   Full bodied, silky smooth.   Some chocolate on the backside, cocoa.   So good.   Recommended!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, courtesy cquiroga. Pouring a dense, oily looking, glossy black color, the hefty body supports a small crown of ultra-smooth, creamy, light brown foam. Tapering off to a thin-walled ring with just a skin at the center, the head has a wet spotting and dense brown staining effect on the glass. Beautiful brew. The nose approaches mastery, layered with deep, rich, chocolate cake malts, fudge, biscuit, sweet tobacco, and vanilla. Charred oak lends just a touch of smoke character, as distinctly British style hops serve as the perfect counterpoint. Bourbon is persistently smooth throughout, serving an appropriate backup role, and creamy oats act as the glue that binds everything together. Flavors run along much the same lines. Fluffy chocolate cake with fudge icing comes to mind. Vanilla and creamed oats bring a softness that counters the dark roast and the barrel char beautifully. Bourbon is perhaps a little too assertive, but it’s a fact that is easily overlooked considering the near perfect malt billing. Big bodied, oily, and viscous, the palate just glides effortlessly as it rolls back and forth across the tongue. Well after the swallow, the mouth is coated in smooth, bourbon-kissed chocolate goodness. Warmth is certainly there, but it isn’t overly hot or anything. Overall, this is a wonderful slow sipper. It is straightforward, not overly complex, but it is masterful in its simplicity. I’d probably say that this surpasses most of the anniversary blends that I’ve had to date, for my tastes.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Little to no head. A little boozy. Thin for its style. Nice chocolate, toffee/caramel flavors, Could have a better finish, more bold flavors, and balance. Not bad though but would not seek out again.
TaktikMTL (5498) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Rastacouere. Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe de mélasse. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe de petits fruits. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3307)