Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (opaque).
Aroma is moderately malty (burnt grain), with a strong note of wood, notes of alcohol, whisky/bourbon, and vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, oily/watery texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Gotta be honest, the aroma is not enjoyable at all. Lots of burnt grains and raw wood. Not much better in the mouth. Very disappointed.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Nick! Opaque. Heavy brown lacing. Big woody, alcoholic aroma. Taste is very alcoholic, tons of whiskey, cherry notes in there too. Lots of vanilla from the barrel. Long sticky, chocolaty finish. As far as barrel aging goes, this is a great example of how to do it right.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big coffee logs, hint of darkfruit jam, lots o choc in the nose. india ink with no head. big choco-coffee yuley cinnamon nutmeg. alcohol-rummy, velvety, milky, meal.
hopdog (7657) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, smoke, roast, espresso coffee, and some chocolate. Very nice aroma. Tastes of wood, vanilla (strong but not as strong as in the aroma), roast, coffee, chocolate, and a very light bourbon finish. The barrel aging was done very nicely as it wasn’t overpowering. Light lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content well hidden. This one was very easy to drink.
egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Poured an opaque black color with a small tan head, that left light lacing on the glass, Aroma of vanilla, tons of roasted malt, espresso, with smokey malts, nuts, and faint dried fruits. Taste of more roast, chocolate malts, vanilla beans, nuts, dry wood, and faint bourbon... a touch of alcohol in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4222) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this brew off my wants list. Pours a dark brown bordering on black with some red when held to the light with a smaller dark tan lightly lacing head. Aroma of coffee grinds, vanilla, wood, lighter bourbon and some chocolate. Flavor was very smooth, well blended mix of coffee, vanilla, bourbon and a roasty malt.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to secret santa. wow! this is great. aroma of coffee with a bit of sweetness as well. there seems to be a little malt too. taste is fantastic coffee at first followed by malt a little roastiness and accompanied by a smooth creamy mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste of coffee and chocolate. awsome brew.
bgburdman9 (849) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Oak Cafe courtesy of MikeMac again. Thanks a bunch for this one, it was excellent. Aroma of choclate and strong espresso and a little alcohol. If you have ever had chocolate covered espresso beans from Starbucks, that is how this beer finishes. The bourbon flavor was great because it was not overpowering the rest of an already complex beer. Very smooth finish. Great beer.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2010 Black beer. very roasty aroma along with chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and nuts. Nice, carefully roasted coffee flavor with very evident and warming alcohol yet not necessarily hot. Almost like a nice, white-collar kahlua. Its a pleasing, refined, warming, boozy, espresso-like coffee/chocolate liquor influenced beer.
re-rate:tastes like kahlua...and I like kahlua.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dense black, creamy swirling tan head. Intense rich nose of used espresso grounds and black chocolate that float on a soft wave of caramel, burnt ashy wood, vanilla, and a faint bourbonesque tone. The flavor is just as nice and generally mirrors the aroma. The barrel is expertly used here for complementing, not overwhelming. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Fan-f’in-tastic! Thanks for saving me a bottle Hopscotch...