Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. 2008 bottle, brews pours midnight black with zero head. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak and heavily burnt malts. Flavor is very big and full of Vanilla, bourbon and some chocolate. Iím gonna pick up a four pack of this and let it age for sure.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with thecheeseman. 2007 vintage, bottled 10/12/07. thick black pour with a tan ring around the edges of my snifter. aroma of charred wood, bourbon, vanilla, black malt, caramel, and chocolate. it actually smells thick. huge mouth filling flavour. caramel, burnt barrel, chocolate. huge and complex. a thick silky imperial stout. thx cheeseman.
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Liquor World in Kankakee, IL. Possibly my favorite beer out there.
AROMA: Lots of Chocolate and Bourbon. Hints of vanilla.
APPEARANCE: Thick, pitch black. Very little head. Incredible lacing and clinging to glass.
FLAVOR: Bourbon and Chocolate dominate with strong notes of vanilla catching you. Finish with nice alcohol.
PALATE: Comparable to Dark Lord Bourbonn Barrel version. Very thick and sticky. Full body, slick with little carbonation.
OVERALL: Possibly my favorite beer. Lots of flavor going on here with absolutely nothing being overdone. I love the way that sweet notes find there way in and out to make this such a complex brew. Goose Island hit this one out of the ballpark.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: 2007, 12 oz bottle from Kelleherís Irish Pub in Peoria.
Appearance: Poured pitch black with absolutely no head.
Aroma: Dominated by bourbon and dark chocolate. Alcohol present in the nose as well.
Flavor: Bourbon and alcohol, with notes of chocolate.
Palate: Full body with no carbonation and a slick, chewy mouthfeel.
Overall: I was iffy on this one. While this was an excellent, over the top brew, I really didnít enjoy it enough to drink one again any time soon. 12 oz is too much for me.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella at ōlbaren, Cph. Pith black. Sweet dark fruity alco aroma. Very sweet roasty dark fruity flavour with bourbon and liquirice. Quite sweet roasty bourbon alco finish. Thick alco roasty sweet brew.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 12oz bottle. Black with a bit of foam at first but no lasting head. The aroma is pretty much straight bourbon, with a light dark chocolate accompaniment. Thick and slick with low, fine carbonation. Lots of bourbon, wood, alcohol, and dark chocolate flavors. The alcohol is relatively smooth, but very present. I can dig this a little bit, but it seems to be intense just for intensityís sake. The bourbon runs the show for sure. (7,3,7,4,14)
Rerate: 12oz bottle--2008 release. hardly any head on a aggresive pour. Red edges around an almost solid black body. Smooth bourbon and german chocolate cake aroma. Thick as a cake too, with low carbonation. Almost chewable. This release has smoothed out a bit with just over a year of age in the bottle at this point. Much better than I remember, with rich chocolate and bourbon, but much less burn. Still sweet as hell with plenty of alcohol, but more rounded at this point. Still like a bourbon chocolate dessert that you donít want to drink much more than half a small bottle of, but I can really see the appeal of this one now. Deserves a few more points, though itís still just not drinkable enough to be a top stout for me.
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - toasted bourbon barrel aroma with hints of brown sugar. Has a strong bourbon flavor, alcohol is prevalent (13%). Syrupy dark flavors of licorice, chocolate and heavy caramel. Smooth considering the alcohol content, but a tad too much bourbon flavor to really love for me.
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an oily, dark black with a little tan head along the edges. Aroma has a very pronounced bourbon presence, some plum fruitiness, light chocolate, vanilla and some light smokiness round out the rest of the smells. Flavor is very complex beginning with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate, the flavors then move into a prune fruitiness in the middle and ends with a moderate chocolate and coffee bitterness. There is a strong alcohol presence but not as strong as I would of expected with a 13% ABV. The beer is very thick and oily feeling in your mouth. Overall a very nice beer and one that really exemplifies what this style can do and what variation there can be within this style.
Pinball (11896) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown , small light brown head.
oak, sugar, sweet, dark fruits.
flavor is sweet licorice, whisky, faint dark fruts.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Black, black pour with a thin tan head. Definitely some vanilla, coffee and some caramel sweetness that seems to hide the alcohol. Smells delicious. Bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, slight pine at the end and minimal burn from the alcohol. BIG beer. The flavors really come out as the beer warms, very complex. Remarkable.