radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Woah, what a beer. Very smooth, strong, smooth, cream, rich. Pours a dark black color with a brown head. Aroma is rich, chocolates, coffee. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted. Alcohol warming is quite good.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is huge earth...just dirt, with touch of chocolate and vanilla, and boulder coffee with some bourbon. Flavor is similar but again bitter earthy like tasting rich soil (yeah maybe i have done that), and booze, and dark dark berry fruit, and big whiskey. Easy smooth lightly bitter finish. Dry and sticky.
thornecb (5539) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon and oak aromas. Full with upfront sweet dark chocolate and vanilla that turns to a thick lasting bourbon and sweet espresso burn.
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - MAY 5, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 Drank from a flight glass from Rattle N Hum, NY. Quite possibly the most delicious beer on the planet. Pours like a typical stout. Dark black with a light foamy head. The taste though is anything but typical. Starts off creamy, lightly hitting the front of your taste buds with vanilla and bourbon.. This fades into a chocolate roasted flavor that has a tinge of alcohol and a nice light aftertaste. Phenomenal beer.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2015 Dark rich black malt pour with quickly dissipating tan head. Nose is toasted chocolate malt. Taste is out of this world roasted chocolate caramel with smooth bourbon finish. (original rating 4.7)
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Bruery. Pours thick, black with no head and slight residual lacing around the edges. Aroma of strong bourbon, sugar, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavors to match. A very complex bourbon flavoring with a sweet, chocolate finish. Texture is smooth, yet a bit oily with a very sweet, dry, coffee aftertaste. Very well done, among my favorites.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle(s) from AndyReynolds. Nice coffee and chocolate aroma from this very dark dark brown beer. Nice lacing. Strong coffee with plenty of chocolate underneath. Roasted malts with smokey tints throughout. Nice coffee burn in the finish but mostly smooth overall.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Body is a thick, vicious, motor oil black. An aggressive pour only produces a coffee colored head of <1/2 finger which quickly fades to a thick collar. Collar has perfect retention. No lacing is left behind in the glass.
S-Nose is complex and balanced. Vanilla, oak, and sweet bourbon come through first in the nose with a big roasted chocolate backbone. There is also a slight hint of alcohol.
T-The flavor is somewhat dull upfront but what can be noticed is vanilla, an essence of sweet bourbon, chocolate, oak, and some roasted flavors. Tastes like a roasted coffee upfront. The finish is a huge blast of roasted malt flavors and bourbon heat. Left to linger is alcohol astringency and heat, roasted malt flavors and bitterness, and a hint of vanilla and oak.
P-Medium tingly carbonation and a body that is balanced with thick stout qualities and alcohol. Decent, but a little thinner than I like.
O- This is a decent stout, and one I have been looking for for awhile. It is also only my 2nd bourbon stout. It was an honor to try it and if I see it around I will pick it up and age it, but its a little too hot with alcohol for my tastes. Good overall, but there are much better stouts out there.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2008 04:40:25
jb (2964) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Zach8270 in trade, thanks Zach! Beautiful looking, jet black, just of hint of red, thick tan head to start. Nose is special, a bit of alcohol, vanilla, a touch of bourbon, and chocolate. Also a bit woody and smoky and big in general. Palate is heavy and full from the start. Lots of big flavors, heavy bourbon, wood, alcohol, some dark fruit, starts velvety and oily, ends very dry. I wonder what this will be liked aged a bit? Very nice, taste and feel could be blended a bit better, but a top quality beer.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma of smoke and bourbon come through strong on top of roasty malts. The appearance is a bit thick, and very dark with a mocha head leaves a small surface around the rim of the glass. The flavor starts out with the bourbon and then gives a plethora of delicious flavors - creamy coffee, vanilla, smoke like a cigar, and bourbon again. This is a BIG special beer.