MHED (114) - lisle, USA - AUG 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
whooa baby!!! thick and lush. pours like a deep colored wine reduction, takinig its time gently settling. Huge aroma of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla oak and cream soda/cola. heavy begginning that brings malted milk strong coffee, toffee, cherry and licorice that finishes with a ssyrupy like texture of caramal laced espresso.alchohol is definitely there with a nice dose of bourban which is evident in the aroma, gets lost in the middle, then melds nicely in the end with a hint of oak. delicious!
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My #900th rating. It poured with an opaque black body, with a thin tan head very little lacing No carbonation. Aroma was fully of roasted coffee, and cocoa notes, but with a heavy alcohol scent, some oak notes. Initially the flavor was very sweet, like dark chocolate. The chocolate notes gave way to a warm bourbon flavor. It could have had more balance. It seemed to be extreme chocolate, and then alcohol. Otherwise this beer was great.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Syrupy sweet aromas exploading from the bottle. Pours opaque brown with a slight ring of tan head. Big nose, big oaky vanilla nose. Woody, vanilla frosting, coffee and toffee. Slight anise soy acidic undertones. Full bodied with big bold flavors. Sticky smooth but with bitter coffee acidity and bitter alcohol. Finish is cloying and lingering with a moderate tingling effervescence. Initial malty toffee flavors mingled in with black cherries and prunes. Coffee chocolate flavors. Toasty malts. Big lingering burn. This packs quite the smack in the grill. I’m totally impressed with this brew, as well as most similar examples of this style. But, the more of these barrel aged monsters that I try, I realize that BA is not really my thing. That being said, this is still a tremendous libation. Great overt flavors, yet still adequately melded. Silky body with hotflashes af alcohol and bitter burnt acidity. Proper temperature, proper glassware, proper propaganda. Cheers
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2008 From the tap in a snifter. Maybe I was expecting more or maybe it is because I do not like bourbon, but I was a little disappointed in this brew. Almost no head by the time it got to me. Dark as night. Bourbon flavor pushed aside all other flavors. Nice drink and I would recommend to everyone, but I would prefer other beers at the brewery to this drink.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 8, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 Black-purple oats meal their way through the bitter dark coffee-vanilla-chocolate frapalocaccino. As the thin head slowly fades I think back to previous drinks. You were so lovely the first time I met you, you’re lovely (08)... now you come back, more refined less vanilla, but more refined. mature (09)... screw it, you’re the perfect beer im giving you a 5.
piscator34 (2036) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur), and a bit of fruit. Quite heavy, almost milkshake-like, in the mouth. Mild chocolate and hazelnut flavors dominate, with a bit of cold coffee and vanilla playing second fiddle. A bit of a woody element along with a prune and burnt sugar note come through right at the finish. Quite boozy, but nice. Many thanks to boutip for the bottle.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy after4ever. The pour looks just like an Impy Stout should look, except the head is a bit thin. Big chocolate aroma, we’re talking real chocolate here, with a touch of oaky vanilla behind it. Full body and light carbonation. Sweet taste of vanilla, chocolate, oak and just a bit of coffee. Dry oak finish. Nice!
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. I’ve been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time and it didn’t dissapoint. Thanks Jon!
after4ever (6485) - 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.