hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle generously given to me by Willblake. The pour is completely black and thick, appears very syrupy. Only a small brown head appears on this beer, and quickly dissipates. Aroma: well this beer definitely means business. A thick, strong aroma filled with chocolate, roast/coffee, light notes of vanilla and a moderate bourbon-bourbon seems to get stronger as the beer is warming. Taste: Coffee, roasted grains, chocolate, bourbon, and light notes of vanilla all make appearances. The body is very full, yet relatively smooth. All flavors blend very nicely. Carbonation is soft and works very well. Finishes moderately bitter and roasty. Very complex, extremely well done. Iíve been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time and it didnít dissapoint. Thanks Jon!
after4ever (6468) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12-ounce. Thanks, SecretSanta! What an awesome capper to a great Christmas of trades! Pours opaque black with thick, moussy, thin dark tan head. Deep chocolate nose with thick roast, oak, vanilla, and molasses notes. Thick, velvety, creamy body. Very soft, barely detectable carb. All the sweet chocolate, roast, oak, vanilla, and molasses come back around for the mid-palate, along with a distinct wood note. Clean, soft finish. Amazingly complex beer.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JUL 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Poured a very thick black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is strong of bourbon and coffe. The taste is very nice with a strong taste of bourbon and with a nice coffe finish.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bartzillaís Death Metal Beer day June 07. Shared with Bartzilla, Naven, WeeHeavySD and others. Thick black brew with brown head. Chocolate, toffee, and coffee. hits of vanilla and oak. Way fucking smoth and drinkable. I want more.
POD (198) - USA - JUL 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottles. Pitch black motor oil pour with heavy creamy brown head. Most beautiful lacing that Iíve seen from any beer to date. Aroma is cocoa powder and bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth like chocolate silk pie. Flavors are complex. I detect in order oak aged woodiness, bourbon, dark roasted coffee and slightly bitter chocolate at the finish. Finish lingers and warms for minutes. This must be drank at room temperature to be enjoyed to itís fullest. Mine was slightly chilled to say 50 degrees at the start. As it warms the flavors explode and the cocoa bitterness mellows to one of the smoothest finishes ever. One of the best beers that Iíve had. I hope to try Founders Imperial sometime soon! I find it hard to believe that it could top this brew.
JohnnyJ (4728) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle many thanks to footbalm. Pours a thick black with creamy tan head. Interesting aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of vanilla and bourbon. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, strong roasted coffee, bourbon, a little oak, and cream. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Excellent.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Bottle shared with MrRomero, Pours a nice opaque black color with a light brown head. Tons of rich roasted coffee aroma, with notes of vanilla and bourbon on the nose. Like drinking warm dark chocolate with rich dark coffee blended in with just a touch of cream. Sweetness is present but not cloying at all. Really nice, a very good brew.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: poured black with a smallish brown head. Big chocolate and coffee aroma. I didnít notice any bourbon in the nose but it is definitely in the taste. First sip revealed just some coffee and chocolate but the next sip is where the bourbon kicked in. Big coffee with bourbon on top of that. The chocolate seems to subside with subsequent sips yielding to the coffee. Long bitter finish with warming alcohol. Good beer.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2010 Draft Sample at Brewfest - Pours a very dark brown practically black, with a fluffy brown head. Smells absolutely incredible - Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roast, slight bourbon, and of sweetness. Flavor is also pretty fantastic, all the things described and more - a wonderful balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very creamy, with a slightly liquor-like aftertaste bite. Highly recommended if any of that sounds enticing.
"BREAKFAST IS SERVED!"
dmac (4435) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 12 oz bottle. Wow this is the best smell ever. Poured black as the night itself, thick and dense, with a lovely brown creamy head. Aroma is out of this world, my first ten ever. Notes of coffee, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. Flavor is still a bit hot with lots of warming on the back of my throat that detracts me slightly from the awesome flavor in my mouth. If this mellows a little with age this will be the BEST BEER EVER!