PKPMarine (37) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark syrupy brown with very little head. Bourbon aroma is very apparent with the high alcohol also showing a strong presence. Taste is deep and complex. Initially, chocolate and malt comes to the forefront. Finishes with a spicy smokiness from the bourbon barrel aging. I have to take a couple points away for the alcohol presence being a little too much. Pretty solid beer.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Pours a solid brownish black with little apparent carbonation. The head is a nice medium brown and quite thin; So far this has all the characteristics of a great imperial stout. Wow, this stuff is HUGE! Flavor is extremely complex. Reminicent of Dogfish Head Palo Santo in that the body has a strong sweet bourbon essence, but in more of an impy style ultimately. Actually, if my palate were already dirty and Iíd had a few drinks already, someone could pass this off on me as Dogfish Head Palo Santo itself. The sweetness also has a real pineapple essence when I stop and explore it on the tongue for a minute. All of these characteristics I mention are in addition to your usual impy flavors and complexity; the coffee, chocolate, anise, licorice, et cetera are all present as well. Overall this is one of the best beers Iíve ever had, yet I donít find myself in a euphoric state. Iím enjoying myself, just not in a fun kind of way. Thereís something about this brew thatís keeping me from rating it a perfect 5: Something intangible about it that if were not there would make this an absolute favorite of mine. Overall, world-class-excellence. Though I just didnít enjoy it as much as my rating would indicate. -------- This is definitely getting better with time: As of 10/15/09 itís a lot smoother than than it was a year ago, making it more drinkable despite no compromise in complexity. The vanilla and pineapple flavors have calmed down as well as has the whisky. Getting very close on my impy list to Dark Horizon 2nd, Dark Lord í09, and The Abyss; the only difference being that I donít find myself wanting more than one glass at a time of this, wheras I could make a mini-session out of the other three.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle. Iíve had it quite a few times, but never bothered to rate it until now. Pours a rather reasonable dark brown with a creamy tan colored head, diminishing rapidly to a ring. The nose is sweet, rather sweet. Oaky vanilla comes together with some very strong chocolate smells. Alcohol balances the sweetness. Dusty bourbon. A hint of spice and anise. Lower carbonation, with a slippery thought not ridicilously thick mouth. Sweet chocolate, coconut, cream, vanilla and oak. Itís just an assault. Very sweet, but very light in some ways. Not thick and heavy like oaked Dark Lord, but similar flavors. Alcoholic chocolate syrup with a creamy alcoholic finish. Very little roast, perhaps almost none other than a slight acidity. Lots of caramel and bourbon in the aftertaste.
wingsfan (7) - , Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The low viscosity, overdue for a change motor oil pour is the perfect indication of the flavor to come. Dark molasses, and malt blend with chocolate, vanilla, caramel with hints of cherry and coffee. Then a perfect following of oak and bourbon letting the 13% ABV peak out. Wonderfully bold and complex example of what bourbon aging can do when balanced properly.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fantastic beer. Pours out a thick black color with a smaller brown head. aroma is huge on bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, with a hint of vanilla. Flavor has a lot of bourbon in it with notes of smoke and vanilla with a big malt finish. Alcohol is well hidden.
jgb1971 (1) - dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 12oz bottle. no head and a dark brown n black pour with Zero head. Alcohol aroma burns deep with bourbon and burnt cherries. Think and creamy mouthfell with good carbonation. 13% is heaven on this one. Love it
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage. Pours deep brown-black with absolutely no head. Bold bourbon aroma right off the bat, with vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate all coming through. Flavor is more of the same bourbon, chocolate, caramel, smoked malt, and a nice added note of coffee. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Flavor is very strong and sweet, like a bourbon with chocolate and coffee added. Delicious.
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Wow what a beer, heavy on the alochol but nicely hidden. Has a very up front nose and taste that assults the senses, but the mellows out a bit and give way to a pleasing vanilla woody finish. need a few years to age to fully appreciate it. Too strong fresh, a sipper for sure.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black and looks like motor oil. Initially not all that intense but as you swallow the vanilla/ bourbon begins to hit. Very coffee and dark roasted notes as well.
screigh (533) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Canít say much more than anyone else. Pours black. No head. Strong aroma of coco, malt and bourbon. Flavor hits you intensely and then mellows. Starts sharp with bourbon and vanilla and then mellows into a dark roast. You can taste and even smell the alcohol. Not as oily as I would have liked. It doesnít coat the glass like a Dark Lord. Nice!