taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Pours black with slight tan head that fades quickly.
Strong coffee nose with plenty of alcohol. Well balanced flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, and bourbon. Low carbonation. Classic brew......
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle thanks to shigadeyo! Pours jet black with nice finger of caramel colored head. Aroma is thick with coffee and vanilla, with some chocolate and bourbon. Taste up front is very strong coffee, working into bourbon and chocolate with some smooth vanilla, and finishes nicely with a sweet chocolate and molasses taste with a hint of smoke at the end. What a fantastic brew.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) At Immy’s. Big fresh coffee bean aroma with wood and whiskey notes and hints of chocolate in aroma. Very dark almost black with small tan head. Medium to full body and full creamy mouth. Lots of coffee and chocolate in flavor with some woodiness and whiskey especially in the finish. Nice balance of flavors. Finish is quite bitter, dry, and lightly astringent.
gunnfryd (14131) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is dry, bourbon, smoked, coffee. Flavour is dry, dust, bourbon, smoked, coffee, alcohol, vanilla. Full body. Very nice beer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured flat black with no head and just a couple of bubbles.
Nose was awesome, smelled like a dusty book and jalapenos. Not what I would normally call a good nose on an RIS, but certainly pleasing and unique.
Taste was thin, beer lacked depth in character, hints of roasted barley and chocolate malt, but dominated by booziness and bourbon. Not too much oak character shined through, no real earthy or vanilla flavors, it tasted slightly remedial with a load of bourbon to cover up what I have to assume is a fairly bland beer.
BenDover (223) - Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very dark, almost black, with some dense tan foam. This beer is very thick like cream -- wonderful mouthfeel. Reminds me of Holland’s Dragon Milk (at brewpub) but much better. Some vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Great stuff.
yngwie (16510) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 12oz. It pours a really dark brown body, topped by a small, creamy, brown head. Tar, some smoke, charcoal, hints of alcohol and a little vanilla in the aroma. And mocha coffee. The flavor is really divine, with mocha, charcoal, some vanilla and bourbon. Smooth and silky as can be, full-bodied, warming and dry. Even the finish is lovely, with a fine coffee-like bitterness. A true beauty. 090925
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz Bottle: Pours opaque black w/ a small, creamy dark brown head. Beautiful beer. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, a little smoke/ash & just a touch of vanilla. Wow! Flavor is just as intense as the aroma. Huge coffee flavor w/ chocolate, oats & a nice bourbon undertone. Very robust beer, thick & creamy mouthfeel w/ a long drawn out coffee finish. Amazing beer, very hard to believe this is over 11%...I haven’t had a beer this well put together in a very long time. Bravo Founders!
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Darkness Day and this beer is incredible. Pours black with a dark tan head; good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, bourbon and maple. Flavor is bitter with sweetness. Palate is creamy and thick.
smith4498 (3552) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with Daknole. Viscous black pour with brown head. Aromas of burnt malts, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Lots of bourbon and it only gets stronger as it warms. Oak and vanilla flavors are also pretty strong. Full body with minimal carbonation and a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. Thanks Dak.