mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not a fan of this one. At all. It was lost on me. Bourbon flavors should not be mixed with beer at this pronounced level. I enjoy a beer with the smokey, barrel-aged notes to it, but this was vile. Poorly conceived idea, if you ask me. Sorry
douglas88 (5800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2008 Thanks to Eric for this brew. Pours a dark black with a awesome aroma of bourbon and wood. The body is nice and thick. The taste is really earthy: a creamy whiskey taste with smoke, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. To quote Borat: Very Nice!
kseecs16 (1192) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Super opaque dark brown with a light brown head, good lacing. A very woody barrel character to the malty smell. Very bourbony, woody taste. Roasty dryness, but pretty one dimensional. Palate is full and creamy.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle 8/17/07: Very little CO2 released upon pouring... Very thick and syrupy looking. A thing ring of bubbles forms around the top of the beer along the glass. Blackish brown liquid. The sparse head that forms is remeniscent of a Rorschach ink blot! Aromas start as burnt and acrid when chilled on the first whiff. Not quite like burnt coffee and even less pleasant; Chocolate, caramel, chocolate chip cookie dough, toasted nuts hid behind the burnt aromas, but peak out as it warms. Faint perfumey alcohol, moderate bourbon and lightly oaked wood notes. Vanilla gets stronger as it warms and I think I’ve also gotten some faint herbal hops. Flavor starts out acrid, burnt, and bitter the same as it does in the aroma, but thankfully not quite as intense. Chocolate and coffee are more evenly balanced as it warmed. Caramel, toasted malts, vanilla, light bourbon all present and accounted. Some doughy malt aftertaste. Semi dry finish, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter from grains & hops with a lightly burnt coffee flavor. Smooth, creamy texture, well hidden alcohol, fuller body, and lower level of CO2. I was not impressed by the first whiff, but as it warmed it became quite pleasing! I think this will age well if you can somehow hang onto more bottles, but nice now even when young!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black & oily with very small head. Minimal carbonation. Almost pure coffee aroma. Coffee and chocolate up front in the naste with nutty bourbon coming on very subltle. Slight bitter finish, but the malt dominates the whole way through. Love it.
waolsen (1353) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. thanks bri. black with thin tan head. rich chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and sweet mild bourbon aroma. very rich chocolate, dark coffee, roasted malts and very mild bourbon. well balacned and not over the top. the chocolate is the highlight.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle- smells like a popsicle stick...that woody. some crown royal in the background as well. And taste? Well, not for me. Tasted like I was drinking something a friend of mine used to call "death". Beer laced with copious amounts of hard liquor. "Our process ensures that strong bourbon undertones come through in the finish...". I am suggesting that your "process" includes dumping gallons of bourbon into the beer, and bottling it. Maybe I am not into this whole barrel aged thing. This is one instance where I can safely say "I want my beer to taste like beer".
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black body, small dense tan head, woody nose with a healthy splash of bourbon and chocolate notes. Very strong whisky flavors, with coffee/chocolate very much in the background, and some burnet roastiness. Not for everyone, but I enjoyed it greatly.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If it wasn’t such a problem to drink at 9 in the morning (unless its football Saturday for those college football fans out there) I would have this for breakfast. The pour is about as black as black can get (scientist are currently working to verify reports that Kentucky Breakfast is actually a black hole). Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak and alcohol on the nose. Texture is very oily/dense. Vanilla, lots of coffee, bourbon/oak and about five other things that I have not yet determine all mingle to provide an incredible drinking experience. Try it warm..its very pleasant.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2009 Wow. This pours as black as tar, with a dark tight head that lingers for a bit and turns into gorgeous lacing. The aroma is powerful with coffee and, what is that............. BOURBON!! Smells like my wife’s Makers Mark marinated ribs, with a touch of oak. I didn’t dare touch this until it warmed enough that no condensation remained on the glass. The first sip was just as imagined, with strong bourbon overtones, oak, and alcohol. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. The most I’ve ever tasted. The finish is unbelievably smooth and clean, with a touch of the smoke.. This was a real treat. I hope to find more, and soon!