AndresTM (306) - Vienna, - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 2012 release. Rich aroma with lots of vanilla, old furniture, banana cake, leather, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is vanilla, wood, a splash of bourbon, a bit of cough syrup, and chocolate. More sweet than bitter, but earthier than one might suspect. Good, but not better than the aroma. Creamy, medium-to-thick mouthfeel with carbonation that’s almost distracting. Great beer. At the right temperature, it is very enjoyable.
stevoj (2022) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of bourbon barrel and alcohol right up front, definite winter warmer material, not as smooth as Boulevard Barrel aged quad tried in same session. Pours near black, minimal head, aroma of alcohol and peat. Taste is sharp and biting right from the get go, a true sipper....
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in 2012 from notes. Pours dark brown to black with a small fizzy beige head that doesn’t last. The aroma and flavor had chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and woody notes and hints of dark fruits. Not as big in body or mouth feel as I might have expected. Decent sipper.
furthur (146) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black body, big, fine head the color of a brown paper bag. Aroma bourbon, molasses, soy sauce, dried plum. Flavor soy sauce, molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla, black licorice, sour plum, coffee. Body smooth, nice viscosity, but not syrupy, fine, understated carbonation. This is very close to perfect for me. I love the dark, fruity imperials, but this is just a touch too acidic, and I wish it were a touch roastier and maltier.
ACHops (656) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bomber from the cellar, served in a tulip. Pours a deep blackish brown, slightly watery, with thin oily brown head. Aroma is darkly roasted chocolate malt, big sweet boozy bourbon, dry oak, and bready milk chocolate. Taste is sweet dark malt, lighter roast notes, high carbonation, and quite thin body. Some harsh dark chocolate, cola, and bitter hop notes on the end. Falls apart on the finish as the thin body and somewhat flabby malts don’t really come together cleanly. In spite of all the rich flavors, very drinkable and easily comes across as lower than 9.5% Shares some of the flaws of its stout sibling - the bourbon is huge and impressive on the nose but really disappears in the taste. That said, the stout help up together better than this. In spite of some sizable flaws, this a tasty beer and I’d drink again. Helps to love bourbon.
jjgmd (1375) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black color with no head. Nose is upfront whiskey, followed by fruity, mostly cherry chocolate.....cannot miss the bourbon ! Taste is warm whiskey, alcohol and fruity chocolate. Drinks very smoothly. Finishes on the same tasting notes, with a moderately long warm finish. Quaff Score 9 / 10
zgaier (1332) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head and strong aroma of bourbon, and wood. Taste is strong bourbon throughout, with roasted malt, wood, vanilla, oak and alcohol leading to a warming, bourbon finish. Delicious bourbon aged beer
Imaena (1806) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is a nice medium roast porter with an accessible level of bourbon layered on top. The sweetness and oakiness really balance this out.
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Side by side with the Black Gold Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel aged) and this was the clear loser. There was too much bourbon and it was too sweet for my taste. I may have been mistaken but I got a hint of celery from the aroma. Still good, but not great. Bottle.
Ernesto987 (3611) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber, this one is NICE, bourbn brownie batter, that firestone walker type barrel treatment, rich and creamy. NICE
DesertDevil (489) - Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle. Incredible decadent, sweet nose of smooth bourbon-soaked raisins, dark chocolate, dark cherry, toffee, and sherry oxidation notes. Pours a light black with a shallow dark tan head. Sadly, the taste is quite thin with light milk chocolate, muted bourbon, slight roasted dark malt, a brief hint of alcohol heat, vanilla coffee creamer, and a mellow, woody finish. The body is a bit watery for a porter with a bit of a chalky mouthful. I had high hopes for this one after such a great aroma, but perhaps the bottle is just too old.