Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! 12oz bottle, 2008. 52 deg F. Rich,sweet, not much of a head. Superb silky mouth feel. Malty with a great hops kick. Thanks to Gary, who brought me this from Chicago.
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent beer from a local brew pub. I try to enjoy it as often as possible.
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 POURS THICK AND DARK AS OIL. YOU CAN TASTE THE VANILLA AND OAK WITH HINTS OF BUTTER. VERY STRONG BEER. THE ALCOHOL CONTENT IS A LITTLE STRONG. THIS BEER IS VERY DIFFERENT THE WARMER IT GETS THE MORE THE FLAVORS COME OUT.
robertjm (786) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lot’s of sediment in bottle. At first pours zero head, though it does foam up to about a quarter inch in height, albeit falling fairly quickly. Absolutely wonderful bourbon aromas when sticking nose deep in the glass. Flavors of brown sugar, cherry and vanilla. Not necessarily tasting the smoke, but that doesn’t matter as its fantastic as is. Body is just heavy enough on the tongue. Any thinner and it would have lost its charactor. Any thicker and it would have been a chore to drink. Only slightly warming on the palate. May just have to go back to Ledger’s and pick up a four pack to put away.
brianprentiss (676) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very stout, very imperial. The alcohol is right up front and this beer tasted a little too much like bourbon and a not quite enough like stout. It is good, and complex, but as such, I’m not really enthralled by it.
Bottle from Ledger Liquors Berkeley.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 12oz bottle, 2005 vintage from 08/16/2005, nose is HUGE pour is nice and black only letting light in on the edge, but the taste is hot alcoholic and smoke, there is some redemption here though, vanilla and oak like a good bourbon.. nice but just too much for me... And man, its still packs a punch
12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Still a black oil beverage but now iím much more accustomed to the -BAL movement.. much better this go round..smoother more balanced, I prefer it fresh i suppose.. would probably go 3.8 overall if rated again.
12oz bottle 2011 vintage on 12/11/12 the barrel still dominates and the sweetness is really striking now, quite tasty but man it still is punchy at 14% probably 3.7 if rerated, point minus for alcohol burn
dalekliz (891) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Bottle. Pours a deep, inky black with a tan head that fades to a ring. Rich aroma of bourbon, sweet malt, molasses, wood, and alcohol. Intense taste, of bourbon, wood, malt, dark fruits, molasses, an alcohol bite, and some chocolate at the end. Lingering bourbon and wood flavors. Very rich and delicious.
ghawener (1519) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle: 2008 vintage. Second of 09 after a great new year tasting. this one has character, potent, whisky, wood, smokey. drank with rcasta and ramenen.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage on December 31, 2008. Well, before its aroma attacked me from an arms length my first impression was how much this resembled dirty oil. Thats a good sign. Its small, perfectly shaded head could only be improved by being a *little* larger. But Iím still scoring its appearance a 5. Now, back to its aroma. This sucker is potent. It makes the whole room glisten in aromatic nirvana the moment you pop the cap. Its smell... like you opened a bottle of bourbon. It has awesome alcoholic fumes, heavy enough to really grab you by the heart and pull you down into its grave of tasty dreams. Sweet, sticky, and oh so warm. Something in this almost reminds me of a triple bock... but its so much better. Simply amazing.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 2008 Vintage. Black beer with ruby highlights and a small tan head. Bourbon and chocolate aroma over rich malt. Rich malt flavor with bourbon, light roast, vanilla, and ccaramel. Fuller bodied. Malt and brown sugar lingers with bourbon and vanilla. Very nice, Complex and nicely balanced. Alcohol present and lingers in a comfortable sipping beer way.