pineypower (2305) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Mike Mac for this one. Wanted to save it but I just couldnít. Pours out deep black with a very small tan head. Aroma hits you with big notes of chocolate, bourbon and coffee. Very nice thick, but not too thick mouthfeel. Taste tells of bourbon, but is not over the top. Notes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee add to the amazing cast of flavors in this beer. More subtle notes of lingering oak, vanilla and smoked malts with some dry fruit and earthy tastes on the finish. A true monster of a beer thanks a bunch for this one man!!!
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I just got comped this from my distributor.
I know thats annoying and cliche, but damn, this is the best damn beer Iíve had that I can remember.
On the pour itís all motor oil, with a limp head that dies early. I figure Whiskey doesnt have a head when you pour it, so this wont have much either.
The smell is huge: coffee, whiskey, dark chocalate, english toffee, and sweet molassis. Iím sure Iím missing something but itís just too big.
The taste is strong as hell at first. Like a meaner Breakfast stout, but it mellows and molds to a subtle and complex beer (is beer the right word?). Itís got a lot of a whiskey/cognac taste in it, but that serves to temper and smooth out the coffee roast. Without becoming repetitive and long winded...this beer is f-in amazing.
BUY IT AT ALL COSTS!!!
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 Pours black, with very little tan head. Initial aroma is a hint of bourbon, but not much else. As it warms, the bourbon scent becomes very strong in addition to coffee and roasted malts. Mouth feel is very smooth with little carbonation. Flavor at cellar temperature was a nice subtle blend of vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee beans, and a touch of hops. As it warmed the bourbon and vanilla flavors got to be very intense, probably too much. I had a tough time rating this one. At cellar temp, the beer was wonderfully balanced, but once it warmed, the bourbon barrell flavor just overpowered everything else.
NOTE: Re rated 8/27/06. Tap. Bourbon flavor seems to have mellowed a lot since it was first bottled. Flavor is much more balanced and enjoyable now.
1FastSTi (3217) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours to a dark brown/black body with a tan head. The aroma is a nice coffee and bourbon. Very nicely balanced and not over powered. The flavor is very smooth. Nice coffee and subtle bourbon. Nice, perfect palate.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Jet black pour tan head nice lace. Big coffee aroma with hints of vanilla and bourbon some light chocolate notes too. Palate is full and thick, lightly creamy w/ some nice creaminess. Flavor is nice. First a buttery bourbon and wood tate. Then the coffee & chocolates which are not that overwhelming. Later hints of vanilla and some alcohol come accross too. This stuff is very well blended mix of flavors and an absolute joy to drink.
Just got some of this again.. damn itís good... 4.4 isnít high enough Iím upping to a 4.7 today as this stuff is fíing great.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The beer transformed three times in the 1.25 hours it sat around breathing. First started off with slight taste of the bourbon I was expecting to be so dominate along with the balanced flavors of a fresh breakfast stout. as it opened up nothing but mocha came across on the nose as well as my taste receptors. Again I let it sit around for a little bit while i sipped on something else.... I picked up my glass stuck it to my lips, this time nothing but vanilla and a small taste of toasted oatmeal!
I say whats its next trick will it pull a rabbit out of its hat or will it go straight to juggling flaming chainsaws of death! It has officialy become my new favorite!
savandervelde (3) - USA - MAR 23, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Heroin sans the baggage.
Might be able to grease a lawnmower with it.
Bow before Foundersí mighty hand.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, muddy chocolate brown pour, opaque indeed, with a light tan sawdust spectacular forming a partial oily layer as the head, along with a thin galaxy wrung along the outskirts of the snifter. Dark chocolate, espresso, alcohol and bourbon are front and aromatically centered. Singed oak casks, Tollhouse morsels, milky vanilla crŤme, and dark chocolate devouring hot, peppered caramel nougats. Consequential wafts bridge the nose to mouth - brown sugar-saturated cookie dough, black malts and cinder being the most prolific.
Thick, heavy, waxy, oily wonder. When the palate delight is able to be pushed to the side for a moment, weíre in the midst of bourbon, French roast espresso grinds, caramel and Madagascar vanilla seeping into flame scorched oak. The hot alcohol tosses off the tongue. Vibrant bakers chocolate echoes all around us, spurring Dove dark chocolates in ample supply. A smite burn furrows on the undersides of the tongue. Mild carbonation and a little hot, and if thereís the patience and supply, itíll age beautifully. Finish is amped-up with double strength greasy espresso drippings onto a pool of bourbon, ash and dark, unrefined chocolate. Bless this barrel-aged beer.
kidwiththehair (45) - Girdwood, Alaska, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 This beer has most definately lived up to the hype. Nice silky black pour and dark tan head. You can definately pick up some jack sents and a light chocolaty aroma. Goes down smooth and has a nice roasted flavour and leaves little hints of bourban. Nicely done
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Silky thick black liquid slides into the glass and created only a thin lid of gleaming brown bubbles. Strong coffee, roasted barley and dark chocolate in the aroma. A nice aroma, but for me nothing that is overly complex. Much like some of the IIPAs for hopheads, this is a stout for the stouties. LIght vanilla on the front of the palate. This is smooth and oh so rich in feel. Smooth bourbon, light vanilla and a rich chocolate flavors bounces about the mouth. A touch of toasted coconut and almond give a mild almond joy flavor. Easily quaffable. Much more enjoyable than the breakfast stout, for me. Rick, thick smooth and chocolaty. This is a beer stout shake with just a hint of bourbon that tickles the senses and is alluring and enticing. A wonderful brew.