Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Pour is super thick, true viscosity. Dark, dark brown with a nice one-finger tall brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is burned wood, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla and coffee. Alcohol is noted as well. Flavor is much sweeter than I anticipated. Plenty of brown sugar struggling to keep pace with the alcohol that isn’t all that well hidden. I taste the whiskey, I taste the smoke, the coffee all underneath that damned sugary sweetness. Superb, chewy mouthfeel. Hops provide great brakes on this ride. Top notch. I wish they could find a way to back off the sweetness and let the smoke/coffee/bourbon flavors come out and play.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from bgburdman9...thanks. Incredible aroma of mostly vanilla and bourbon. Superb mouthfeel, this one coats the palate like a blanket...flavors of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, coffee/chocolate, and a subtle bourbon invade the taste buds. A superb stout!!! Too bad my girlfriend spilled half the glass on the carpet. What a rookie! Definitely want to get my hands on this again...
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown hinting at a deeper darkness. The aroma is what hits you . . . coffee, whiskey and chocolate in abundance . . . yet it works. This beer is almost too smooth . . . almost oily but not quite. Quite creamy and finishes with hints of vanilla and an alcohol warmth. I would like to put one of these away for a year or two and try it again.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 2006 Bottle.
Pours real nice and thick with no head whatsoever. Smell is incredible. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, with some hints of bourbon/alcohol coming through as well.
This has a myriad of flavors going on in the taste. However, they’re not blended together very well. It’s one after another as they fight for the lead. The flavors are good, but not working well and complimenting as they should. Huge, creamy mouthfeel.
Update: 2007 batch.
This beer is incredible. Much more complex barrel flavor. Very good vanilla, bourbon and oak in the flavor. This batch is everything this beer needs to be. One of my favorite beers right now.
jake65 (2447) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Immense black pour with a small brown head. Nose is complex with bourbon, vanilla, and smokiness. Taste is warming with bourbon notes, roasted malt/chocolate malt, and vanilla. Very smooth and silky, yet warm and cunning. Praise to both pantanap and badbeer for sending this in trade!
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAY 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012
2012-12-18, vintage 2008, 4 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-9-5-18=45
It pours a black color, oily, with almost no head. Impressive aroma of firewood and Bourbon, with a peppery finish, and very light phenol. Full bodied, the texture is a bit oily; it has a very rich flavor of dark chocolate, medium sweet, with later hints of coffee and leather; some vanilla as well; the barrel aging adds complexity and alcohol warmth.
Wonderful now; it may not be suitable for longer aging, some oxidization would not fit here.
2011-07-14, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 13% ABV, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Black color; it has not much carbonation, it pours thick and oily, with a small and not persistent brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate first, some vanilla, leather, alcohol, cardboard and light phenol. The body is very strong, with a rather oily mouthfeel; very good dark chocolate flavor, then roasted malt, some tar and liquorice, finally the pleasant Bourbon component; moderate residual sweetness; strong warming feeling from the alcohol; correct bitterness.
2009-11-12, at Monk’s Café, Stockholm, vintage 2007, 2 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-8-4-17=42
Black color; it’s almost flat, with no carbonation, no head. The aroma shows a good mix of Bourbon vanilla, whiskey, roasted malt, paper, cardboard, very light smoke. It has a good body strength; strong chocolate flavor, burning alcohol feeling; well rich; dark caramel, light vanilla, light smoke.
2007-05-23, vintage 2006, 1 year old, 11% ABV, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Black oil, thin head. Intense aroma, very sweet, of vanilla, oak, roasted malt, tar, leather. Full mouthfeel, thick, oily, sweet, malty, with a very nice roasted malt line, some liquorice, cookies, vanilla, dark chocolate. Strong final, with a clear presence of the roasted malt, sugars and vanilla, salty dark chocolate 99% cocoa; toffee and rhubarb; the alcohol starts warming the mouth
Bought for 10$ at New Beer Distributors, NY, it’s a great beer to celebrate Milan victory in the Champions League tonight!
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez fruité (cerises, léger de raisins et de prunes, notes de figues) légèrement boisé (fût de chêne), de malt rôti, de chocolat noir, de café espresso, d’alcool moyen-doux liquoreux (whisky), de caramel toffee sucré, léger de vanille et avec des notes de sucre brun, de réglisse noir et des traces de fumée. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, crémeuse et liquoreuse (voire visqueuse). Goût fruité (cerises vieillies, léger de raisins vineux, notes prunes et de figues) boisé (fût de chêne) avec un goût de vanille et des traces de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût amer de malt rôti (notes de brûlé), de chocolat noir, moyen de caramel toffee avec des notes faibles de sucre brun parallèlement à un goût d’alcool liquoreux (whisky) moyen et réchauffant ainsi qu’un goût de café et moyen de mélasse puis en finale viennent se rajouter des notes de houblon herbeux ainsi que de faibles notes de fumée. Post-goût très long, moyennement amer d’alcool liquoreux, de rôti, de chocolat noir, de café, avec un goût assez boisé et légèrement fruité (moût de cerises et de raisins vineux) ainsi que des notes de houblon herbeux.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown body so dark its almost black with faint brown head. Wonderful bourbon nose with an alcohol tinge to it. Creamy mouth feel with a buscuitty bourbon flavor. Tail finish has some faint coffee hint to it. Lingers for minutes.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Walt for sharing (this bottle). Pours very dark with a soapy looking brown head. Aroma of strong berries, chocolate syrup, whiskey, and coffee. Tastes similar with the cocoa and chocolate syrup taste hitting first, but followed by equally strong flavors of bourbon (duh) and raspberry. Similar to the aroma, but even stronger. Finishes earthy, leafy and pleasantly hot, which matches well with the licquor-like flavors. Not that bitter. Mouthfeel was thick and much more oily than creamy, and effortless carbonation. I’d love to try more of this, as I was highly impressed.
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is big. Very big, I am halfway through and it is already knocking my socks off. It pours black with a caramel/tan-red head. Some definite smoky aromas, along with coffee like roasted malts and some vanilla. More roast and smokiness up front in the taste, a quite large sweet bourbon follows with some warming alcohol in the finish. The alcohol is not overpowering but definitely assertive, and the bourbon sweetness is nicely balanced with the roasted malts.