mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle: pours perfectly black with a small dark tan head. aroma is of bitter chocoalte and coacoa powder, small amount of coffee grounds and a good wiff of vanilla. the wiskey hints come out at the end and make me happy. the flavour is superb with great hits of the oak and wiskey that flows into the vanilla of the barrel and the grea chocolate then comes out as a bitter sweet treat. ths is followed by a great hint of espresso, the beer finishes fantasticly and goes down as easy as can be. awesome!
browner (41) - Delafield, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow what a treat...the dark, rich pour has a nice brown head. Really exciting on draft, you can smell the bourbon bfore you get close to the nose. Very strong whiskey overtones with the traditional notes of coffee, vanilla and chocolate. The expresso type notes and boozy liquid flavor really stands up to define its seasonal release. Big winner in the tough world of Imperial Stouts.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared courtesy of MABZ, thanks for the opportunity.
Poured a nice black color, with hues of red when held to the light. Tan colored head with a tid bit of lacing. Smell was very nice, fresh roasted coffee with a hint of vanilla and some nice wood and bourbon notes as well. Taste was even better. The coffee started out but quickly I noticed a nice wooden and bourbon flavor, paired with vanilla and hints of cocoa. Mouthfeel had low carbonation and was on the lighter side of full bodied, but still relatively thick. I’d love to have more of this and look forward to getting some when it’s released again. If you see any of this on the shelves, run, don’t walk and grab all that you can.
aoa56 (18) - zeeland, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a dark brown head, and smells slightly of bourbon. The initial taste is a mix of coffee and chocolate that gives way to a slightly bitter bourbon aftertaste, with hints of vanilla. Actully drank with my scrambled eggs and bacon, and am still recovering from a massive mouth orgasm.
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is as good as it gets. 12 oz bottle. Solid black with a small brown head. Nose of chocolate, wheat (?) and not overwhelming whiskey. Taste of chocolates, strawy, and whiskey in just the right amount. Body/mouth is what does this beer-chewy, thick, viscous, rich, like eating chocolate cake. Just a great beer. I need more of these...
sunevdj (3548) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Mreusch for trading me this one. Pours opaque black with a small light brown head and hints of lacings. Smells of bourbon. Sweet and quite bitter. Aromas of coffee, toasted malts and dark chocolate. Full bodied. Quite low carbonation. Very bitter finish with more aromas of toasted malts and bourbon.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
So I finally get to try this beer....wow what a brew! Amazing. Totally black like soy sauce...no real head at all. Aromas are malty, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee...oh yes coffee. Flavors of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. A hint of tartness creeps up on you and folk do yourself a favor:...eat some dark chocolate with this brew. Wow.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good solid RIS. Pours black with wisps of brown head. Light cannot stream through this stuff. The nose is coffee with a hint of sesame and chocolate. Tastes very much like a frappiccino - very smooth, can’t taste any of the 10% in this. Not much bourbon in the nose - a little, but the coffee really hits you in this. That’s a good thing tho.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In a nutshell I described drinking this as sipping an alcoholic chocolate milkshake. 12oz bottle pours a thick, oily, opaque black with a thin, creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted, black coffee, burnt toast, vanilla, oak, cherries, bourbon whiskey, chocolate and rum. Flavor is awesome, smoke, cherries, vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, barbeque, brown sugar, dark rum, whiskey, coffee with cream and sugar, and sweet caramel. Heavy, sticky mouthfeel with a surprisingly sweet, thick finish. Awesome, no doubt about it. Might be the best bourbon aged beer made.
bierkoning (11544) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black and opague. Malt, chocolate, licorice, corn and a hint of smoke in the aroma. Strong bourbon notes accompanying the dark chocolate, cacao and licorice flavors. Sweet, full bodied, malty and corny.