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!
Nephilium (1323) - Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma of bourbon with a hint of coffee and chocolate lying underneath. This pours a motor oil black, with just a lonely ring of tan foam hanging around the edge of the glass. Wow... this has a wonderful creamy, thick, full mouthfeel. Can pick up the bourbon flavors, as well as the oak and vanilla, and a touch of coffee. This is a very mellow and drinkable beer.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, blackish pour with a medium but thick tan head - just under room temp at pour. Aroma is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate, but a nice helping of oak and bourbon come through. Flavor is a nice coffee/chocolate mix with some impressive wood (oak), bourbon, and vanilla flavors. Barrel aging does well for this one. Mouthfeel is superb - smooth, smoky and delicious. A real winner here!
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (thanks Ughsmash). Finally got around to opening this much anticated beer. Pours a amazingly thick deep, deep dark brown with a average-sized tan head. Coffee dominates the aroma, with some bourbon notes, some wood hints and a dash of vanilla. Flavors are much the same - lots & lots of sweet coffee, roasted malts and a little of the booze. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew! Would love to get some more.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 12 oz bottle courtesy of AdamB84 from BA site. Pours a dark brown, almost black and thick like motor oil. Thin light brown head. Some lacing on the glass. Kinda incredible smell of bourbon, alcohol, ashes, wood and roastiness with some chocolate. Thick mouthfeel. This is one rich tasting, decadent brew! Taste flavors of chocolate, wood, alcohol and coffee. Slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste.