amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served from the bottle in the proper glassware at slightly lower than room temp. Pour is unimpressive, very little carbonation yielding a very small carmel colored head if any... Aroma is as thick and heavy as the beer is black with notable roasted coffee notes, vanilla is slightly noticable.
Taste is mostly reminicent of the barrels it was aged in. Coffee and vanilla make another appearance in the thick and creamy palate.
Heorotodus (9) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely thick, almost sludgy. Definite notes of chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of bourbon sweetness. Really good.
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2010 Pours an onyx black with a thin tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some bourbon. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, light bourbon and vanilla. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. The bourbon is not overpowering at all; perfectly balanced with the chocolate and coffee flavors. This is absolutely AMAZING!!!
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 bottle.Pours an oily black with little to no tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke and roasted malts. Taste follows the nose with layers of flavors, complexity and sweetness.. This is as coyotehunter says liquid bliss. An outstanding beer, very easy to drink many in one sitting. Alcohol delivers a nice warmth and is not overpowering as the finish leaves you wanting more. Im gonna go broke buying more of this. This beer is a must try.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pint glass on tap at shallos.A black pour with dark brown head .Taste of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, wood. nice roasty bitter finish
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beer that makes good use of bourbon barrel aging. The aroma is bourbon, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla. The appearance is a lovely thick, oily deep brown, deep tan head. The flavor is bourbon, chocolate cream, like the aroma, some vanilla milling around in there. The finifh is a piney hop bittering, and an alcohol warming. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Beautiful.
Dstructo (7) - Hollywood, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Out of the 12oz into a snifter. Pours thick dark brown w/ a few bubbles clinging to the glass as the lacing falls like oil after the 1st delicious sip. Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, & bourbon. Not as heavy as I anticipated. Goes down smooth w/ flavors of coffee, bourbon, vanilla & chocolate. Warms me right up. Even @11.2%, I could easily see drinking this as often as it is made available to me...
robbmotiwalla (60) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not too big into stouts, but with the rave reviews that this beer receives i figured I had better snag some if i see it... for only $18 for the 4 pack. I enjoyed the 70 IBUs, however I thought there was too much coffee taste, but that soon subsided, and you get the hops in the middle, then comes the bourbon, its all in the finish. I’m sure if i liked stouts as much as i like IPAs this would be number 1. but it was very good, and i caught myself thinking about it at work all day yesterday. way to go founders
bierenutz (4) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured a dense 2+ finger light brown head that subsided after several minutes leaving fairly uniform lacing aroung the glass. It was dark, virtually black, with reddish hues so thick that direct sunlight could not penetrate through. The smell was a potent malty-coffee-chocolatey aroma right up front with hints of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Despite the lack of aging, the alcohol is will hidden until after the swallow when the heat reveals itself. The coffee and chocolate flavors meld together nicely in a smooth silkiness. It was very thick and creamy and an excellent sipping beer.
bhensonb (13985) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Texas trading king - ericandersnavy. Pours quite black with a few dark tan and temporary bubbles. The aroma is coffee. Not stale. Just so strong it defies freshness. Fullish body with mild carbonation. Flavor is oh so coffee. There’s bitter, but that could be the coffee. There’s oaky wood. Gives astringency. Vanilla or bourbon? It is not coming to me. But something is really going oily all over my mouth and lips. Buried in here somewhere is that thick essence proving this was aged in a spirit barrel. It’s coming out, but it takes awhile. The oaky vanilla does arrive. Mouthbending stuff. Whoof! Finally it’s tasting like bourbon.