daknole (9466) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from homebrewcolin. Black pour wtih a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon and then some more bourbon, followed by more bourbon!! I also get hints of christmas pudding and spices. Flavor is full of bourbon, chocolate, dates, figs, molasses and some liquor soaked raisins. I love these types of beers and this one is awesome. I would like more please!!
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!). Poured a dark black with a smaller sized brown head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, light roast, raisins and some plums. Tastes of oak, vanilla, some chocolate, light bourbon, and roasty. The bourbon was stronger in the aromas whereas the wood/oak was stronger in the tastes. Some alcohol in the finish.
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Beer Run, 9.6% ABV. Pours a dark brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Fair head retention. Aroma of huge whiskey notes, wood, vanilla, caramel, mild roasted malts. The taste is vanilla, whiskey, roast, wood, bitter chocolate, bitter hops. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness.
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Countbeer at ‘Zieke Zuiden Tasting II’. Pitch black, opaque color, no head. Smell al-cohol and sweet. Taste sour, wood, lots of alcohol, lightly vanilla, sour fruits. Too much carbonation. Too sharp taste in general, too sharp sourness imo. Medium body. (Bottle said ’brewmaster reserve 2009’)
jtclockwork (8961) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to daknole. Pours jet black with a very thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Nose is roasted malts, toasted barley, coffee and chocolate bar. Taste is very smooth bourbon, raisins, dark fruits, coffee, toffee, chocolates and smoked wood.
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a big sample of this at the ORF pre-release tasting. Thanks SpencerDB for sharing! Holy god. This beer kicks ass. It is one of the smoothest, creamiest, easy to drink beers I’ve ever encountered. It pours jet black with a scary dark brown head. Aroma is licorice, anise, huge bourbon presence, dark chocolate truffles, vanilla extract, caramel. Taste is buttery smooth and rich, lots of mellowed out warming bourbon, rich chocolates. Absent is what plagues imperial stouts: too much cheap coffee, roast, ash, alcohol. This feels like it has been aging for 2 or more years. Overall, I ’d say this was the highlight of the ORF tasting apart from the DR BA Baltic Porter.
Dogbrick (8682) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/26/2013: Pours black with a medium foamy tan head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt and vanilla. Full-bodied with an oaky bourbon character and flavors of vanilla, caramel and malt. The finish is mildly boozy with a dark chocolate and malt aftertaste. Solid all around.
JoeMcPhee (8622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. The end of my Vancouver celler and the last new beer rated while I still lived there... and what brew to go away with. Thick black oily pour with a fine-laced dark brown head sitting over top of it. Sweet vanilla oakiness dances over some strong molasses-like malts, dark fruits, prunes/raisins. The flavour certainly doesn’t disappoint either, sweet raisiny fruit, molasses, deep and heavy roastiness and loads of woody complexity. A kiss of bourbon adds character, but it doesn’t come across boozy like many other bourbon-barrel aged beers I’ve had. Blackberry/dark cherry fruit. Soft vanilla and a dark chocolate flavour this reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Great body and wonderful balance. Long roasty dark chocolate finish. Awesome brew.
Meilby (8271) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, vanilla and oak. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with and long warm, oak, vanilla and chocolate finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is flat.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Along with the bourbon and vanilla in the nose, there’s some very interesting notes of dates, red grapes, plums, raisins, sweet, sugary oak char, brown sugar, (light) maple, semi-robust firewood and roasted malts and a light touch of bread crust or toast. The texture is slick and big, chewy and viscous upon first touch, but then with a slight warming buzz of bourbon and semi-harsh (but not bad) oak. Lingers heavily on the back of the tongue and in the throat, with copious chocolate syrup and dark roast coffee notes, warming your body throughout, something I appreciate... when a beer can mimic the feeling you get from scotch. Reminds me of Owd Mac’s (though that lacked such strong bourbon) but the semi-intense char and bitterness is almost completely covered by the slick liquid-chocolate and smooth (this is key) alcohol.
2009 batch tastes like they threw bourbon in with the beer. What a mess.