pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour with a thin beige tan head. Smell is oaky and roasted malt with a nice bourbon character in there. Great flavor of roasted chocolate and a nice smooth aged bourbon. Very enjoyable. Creamy smooth thick mouthfeel. Really drinkable and flavorful. I really enjoyed it.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle sampled at Chicago Whiskey Fest 2008. Very thick black pour with sparse tan head. Lots of big aromas including bourbon, sweet caramel, licorice, vanilla, a touch of soy from age. A sip takes over the tongue with the same flavors flooding the palate. I previously had not enjoyed this beer much... foolish of me tos ay the least.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with nearly no head. The aroma was thick and sweet, like a Sam Adams tripel bock, and a touch of coconut. Taste is sweet, smokey with a thick molasses flavor. Itís a very thick beer.
bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours pitch black with a just a ring of tan head around the side of the glass, aroma is heavy on the bourbon - in fact, that is all I smell, taste is also very strong on the bourbon up front, then some roasted malts come through in the finish along with some chocolate. I think the bourbon is a little too much for me as Iím not a hard liqour drinker. Regardless, this is a well made brew.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Marc for this one. Black bodied without even a hint of head formation. Hardly any noticeable bubbles rise to the top. The aroma is rich with caramel bourbon notes, slightly sour soy sauce, and bit of chalky cocoa. Flavor is rich with chocolate, sweet smooth bourbon, a chocolate mousse similarity, and a light roasted finish with a floral hop note. The body is quite nice and silky smooth. Wonderfully complex but just too much bourbon character overpowering the other subtleties.
lweiberg (108) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Dark but not as thick as Iíd hoped, though one might be all you need since itís 13%. I wonít spend $5 for a 12 oz. again but this is definitely worth trying if you like imperial stouts. Edit: Iíve been drinking this again and itís sweetness is now much more appreciated for some reason. Just pure luxury. Better than Bellís Expedition Stout.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BURBON! Pours black as coal with minimal brown head. Aromas of burbon, roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Flavor is mostly burbon right up front but malt and coffee are present. Powerful brew and it is a sipper.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
*did not like would not buy*
aroma: smells like heaven. rich thick creamy stout smells, love the oak, love the whiskey love the stout. very nice nose! App: can see SOME light not a traight i like. its black otherwise. Flavor: oh wow the sharp whiskey! Oh wow the rich stout. this is very "oaked". lil coffee finish on the back. this is an example.. im afraid.. of on over oaking.. if there is such a thing. the stout rich coffee backbone flavors are way to far in the background. this needs to follow the example of some other greats.. founders.. i dunno. Palate: fine, could use a thicker body. OA: so sad, could be great. this is way out of balance. a great example of to much oak to a good beer. the oak, the whiskey its so far out front its all wrong. I think i am being rough on this beer because of what it could have been. but it IS NOT, what it could have been. or even passable as drinkable. I prefer Jameson.
JohnnyJ (4218) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a think motor oil black with dark brown head which quickly diminishes to nothing. This stout is hugely bourbon. It has vanilla, oak, lots of chocolate, and tons of bourbon, it even bites like bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy and mouth coating. I highly enjoyed this, has tons of flavor, but may be lacking slightly in complexity.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours thick, like oil. Strong aroma, the bourbon stands out the most to me. Strong bourbony and stout flavors, and interesting mix of bitterness, with a hint of sweetness. I found it to have a slightly acidic bite to it. An interesting beer which I enjoyed. I bet this will be better in a year or two, probably a lot better.