ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade with AlohaC. Pours (at 55degrees) a thick black with only a hint of a tan head that dissipates quickly then I set it aside to come up to room temp before drinking. Thick, Folgers Coffee grounds aroma with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Thick and hot. Bitter chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and charcoal. Dry and musty. An amazingly complex flavor. Very fruity at the end as well. I donít really care for the (almost stale) coffee in the aroma but I really enjoy the beer.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Ugsmash & OFortuna. Poured in a sampling glass, black as the proverbial cat, generating a minimal and rapidly dissipitating head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted coffee, sweet chocolate. Flavor is dominated by coffee and bourbon, with a mild roasted malt bitterness driving a long finish. Mouthfeel is super-rich, creamy & luxurious. I should have bought more and may be making a special trip today.
wxman (1398) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 Black as night; no light passes this way. Thin very dark head, like an espresso. Pleasant bourbon, merlot aroma. Whoa, tongue experiencing flavor overload! Bitter bakerís chocolate, dark rich coffee, merlot wine taste still evident along with vanilla and a mild bourbon alcohol burn after the swallow. This one is busy, maybe too much so, but excellent none the less. This is the highest overall rating Iíve ever given a beer, but at $4 a bottle I probably will buy a four-pack twice a year max.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 12 oz bottle via Mystery Swap 2.0 (thanks Cewldre & everyone who sent these). Pours a pitch black with a huge tan head that has lots of staying power. Nose is smokey coffee, chocolate, wood and vanilla, not necessarily in that order, lol...i think this may perhaps be the best aroma i have ever inhaled in a beer, lets hope it tastes like it smells! Oh and it does, with a wonderfully flush woody bourban and dry cocoa finish...ummm this is great great stuff!! Body is medium, carbonation is light/medium. Love em and leave em.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
After two years, I finally was able to track down a 4pk of this stuff. Man, it was worth the wait. Glugs out a deep-dark black with dark brown head. "Boy, this beer sher has a perty mouth!" Aroma is of a camp fire intertwined with a Backwoods cigar. Damn this smells good. Lots of oak, vanilla, bourbon, charred wood being devoured by my nostrils. The aroma is truly hypnotic. Well the aroma definitely lets you know what you are in for as I picked up a deep oak flavor, charred wood, vanilla, slight tobacco, some chocolate and coffee. Carbonation is subtle but thatís a good thing as it definitely doesnít need to be strong to allow the beer to be enjoyed. Finishes just a tad bitter and has some slight alcohol warmth otherwise itís damn near perfect.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HEY NOW!!! Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is mild bourbon, ashy burnt wood, chalky malts and coffee. Taste is medium bourbon, bitter coffee, roasted malts and light cocoa. The mouthfeel is splendid. Thick and creamy. Silky and velvet. What a treat.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: Dense aroma with a lot going on: chocolate, grain, alcohol, malt, fruit, and lots of wood. This thick beer just keeps getting better, starting with a muted chocolate flavor, with some grainy, wood, and alcohol notes mixed in. A very warming beer. Nice balencing hops hit towards the end, but allow the wonderful bourbon-like qualities really shine in the finish. Wow. Just wish there was more released....
robinvboyer (3005) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from RagallachMC, thanks!!!!
pours JET black, small brown/beige head. excellent lacing on the glass. man i love this bourbon aged stouts!
aroma is chocolate, coffee, and iím just loving that vanilla! mouthfell is thick and smooth, like velvet. flavour is again, lots of chocolate, and the vanilla comes through bigtime, with a wicked coffee aftertaste, and some lovely bittering. Alcohol is slightly present in the aroma and flavour but not enough to detract from the beer overall. outstanding beer!
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, great beer. Had this on tap at founders the other night. Poured incredibly dark, served in a snifter, with a small dark brown head. Taste is coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and some bourbon. Coffee really came out as it warmed up, definitely let if warm up a bit. Very good stout.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Let me start off by saying, "Holy Hell" this is one amazing beer!
Pours a dark, viscous, dark brown color with minimal head. Smell is of roasted stout with the perfect amount of bourbon aging. Iíve had a lot of bourbon aged beers and this is the only one that has hit the blend perfectly.
Taste is incredible. A very good underlying stout that features very good coffee/cocoa flavoring, again with the perfect blend of bourbon aging. Itís nice to finally experience a beer that is more than worthy of the hype.