jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Hate to give a beer all top scores so Iíll nit-pick.
Everything about this beer is dark. Pours syrupy black with dark tan head. Head doesnít last too long but aroma is strong enough to hold. Smells very close to regular Breakfast Stout. Side by side I donít think I could tell the two apart. Taste is also similar, but as it lingers in your mouth and warms, the Bourbon flavor comes out. Not overpowering at all but very smooth. Exceptional beer. Worth the hefty pricetag in my opinion.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to my Secret Santa (pantanap) for this treasure. Itís like draining my Xterraís oil...a very still pitch black with the shyest of heads. Huge coffee nose with roasted malt, bourbon and vanilla oak. Wow...what a great beer. Wonderfully creamy body that showcases bourbon heat, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, charred oak and brandy on the finish. Lovely.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, and a hint of vanilla & oak. Taste is the same as aroma but more pronounced. Mediumium full mouthfeel that finishes dry and roasty with a moderate amount of bitterness and very well hidden alcohol. A very well done BB Stout with just the right amount of bourbon flavor and well balanced complexity.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Viscous pitch black liquid with a very thin brown head. No lacing.
Aroma is huge coffee with hot dash of bourbon. This is gonna carry a kick!
Tastes like one shot of espresso, one shot of melted semisweet chocolate, and one shot of bourbon. Itís got a nice heat to it that fits with the other flavors. Finish is drier than the Sahara.
Mouthfeel is a bit hot but the dry finish takes over and makes you want more. Drinkability is a bit hampered by the bourbon but this is still pretty smooth for 10% abv.
I feel that this is significantly different in taste but about equal in quality to the regular breakfast stout.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to dmac621. I poured this way to cold, but once it warmed the flavors were lots of bourbon, roasted malt, some vanilla and black licorice, coffee. Very good.
OldMrCrow (2078) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 January 23, 2008. Bottle from franksnbeans -- thanks! Iíve wanted to try this one for several years now, and tonightís the night. Leo Smithís Divine Love on the stereo, I settle in and crack open the bottle within a few degrees of room temperature. It pours out into my snifter dark and beautiful, thick with vast lacing and a small dark-tan head.
Huge smoky, ashy catches me by surprise. I was expecting more vanilla, less smoke. It recalls Peche Mortel in its ashiness, but somehow it wears that ashiness much better; here I get charred hardwood and pipe tobacco rather than soggy cigarette butts. That ashy aroma dominates the nose; underneath thereís a lot of interesting stuff going on, though you have to go looking for it: blackberries dipped in chocolate, peaty whisky.
Despite all of the ash I get a vinous, juicy flavor, tannic wine, berries, lots of bourbon. Bitter chocolate cake late. Itís acidic early, dry through the close; not a sweet imperial stout at all. Full, warming mouthfeel. only a hint of alcohol heat, that fascinating ashiness rising into the sinuses.
Iím not sure itís right up there at the very peak of the genre -- and I donít think I enjoy the flavors quite as much as I did with the bottle of the Abyss í07 from a couple of nights ago -- but I freely admire this one as a fascinating and obviously well crafted beer.
Revisit January 8, 2014. Bottle shared with Prufrockstar and J. from untappd. Big aroma of ash and oatmeal cookie, plenty of oak, contra my original assessment Iíd give it at least an 8 and possibly even a 9. Flavor more or less follows, as before on the drier side, not from sharp hops but rather from the ashen malts. Iíd go more like 7 for the flavor. Bit of warmth on the back of the throats, rather thin-feeling for the style (compared to Abyss, Parabola, etc.) It would go about 3.8 this time but Iíll let the 3.9 stand.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Glass Nickel at the GTMW pre-party Insane coffee, malt, and cappuccino aroma. Taste is sweet, coffee, bourbon barrel, typical stout flavors, vanilla, and more coffee. Brisk carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.
thewolf (11338) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [thank you, Yespr]
Pours pitch-black with amedium and very creamy brown head. Looks much like a Guinness in the way that the bubbles between the liquid and the head moves around a lot, gathering momentum, enhancing the head and increasing the liquid. Aroma is powerful, lots of mild coffee, super cocoa and a light tart bourbon note. Creamy and full mouthfeel. Flavour has chocolate, light dryish coffee and a great roasted feel to it. Some light tartness and oak, but not even remotely too much - very well balanced and nice.
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Twist off cap, which Jesper opened with a bottle opener. :-) Pours a pitch black colour with a creamy brown head leaving a good lacing. Very good aroma of chocolate, some bourbon, roasted malt and some wood. Very good creamy mouthfeel. Lovely dry flavour of dark bitter and sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, well balanced with bourbon and roasted malt. Just such a great tasting brew indeed! Thanks a lot for sharing this great beer yespr!
yespr (33727) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 fl oz, trade with ygtbsm94 . Pours dark almost black with a dense and nice chocolate coloured head. Aroma is smooth chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a smooth bourbon note into the finish. Fantastic balance and only with a smooth bourbon note into the finish. I think most bourban barrel aged beers are way to dominated by the bourbon notes, not this one.