axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small tan head that disappears completely. Aroma is strong bourbon with chocolate, oak, and vanilla hints. Flavor reminds me a lot of a chocolate chip cookie dipped in bourbon. Strong alcohol but very fitting to everything else in the taste. If the alcohol was judt a tas more subdude, those 8ís would be 9ís. Pretty big and oily palate. Just did a vertical with CWBBS from the same year and this one stomped it!!
FoolishMortal (981) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small brown head. Vanilla, oatmeal-raisin cookie aroma with heavy bourbon. Currants, alefruit, and some bittersweet chocolate all get crushed underneath astringent oak tannins and palate destroying bourbon and fusel alcohol. High alcohol heat in the finish, tapers to reveal some caramel and toastiness. Mouthfeel is heavy, hot. update: second bottle was even more bourbon forward
Doppelganger (1385) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with mahogany highlights, reddish tinged tan cap that settles quickly. Lots of stale wood in the aroma that makes me think a little of hamster bedding. Bourbon (surprise), carmel. Sweet carmel flavor, kind of sticky, a little roast, a little bit of resiny hops, vanilla ice cream. Soft full palate with just a touch of astringency. Iíd kind of like to taste this stout sans barrel. It has elements that are really very good, but it canít seem to make them cohesive, and the oak isnít helping, especially in the aroma.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kmpitz2 & TAR for this...
Appears black with a bubbly 2 finger tan head that quickly fades into a small collar. No lacing is left behind that there is little head retention.
Smell is of subdued candied bourbon & American oak & rich caramel vanilla, bitter chocolate, raisins melted into a rich, sugary syrup, and perhaps a rich cherimoya sorbet in there as well. Obviously complex!
Taste is of the same aromas...left in the barrel just the right amount of time.
Mouthfeel is chewy, caramely sweet, smooth, slightly fizzy on the swallow with an alcohol burn. The ABV is evident before it even reaches the mouth. It almost burns the eyes as the glass approaches the nose and mouth.
Drinkability is very candy like and addictive with intense flavors. ABV is there but it is very delicious. One bottle is enough to do the job for the night. Savor every last drop of this!
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Insane Marshmallow aroma, cinnamon raisin bread with oak in the background. Incredibly rich and sweet like a spice cake, with brown sugar/mollasses and caramel noticed in the flavor. Medium-full body. This is disappointing as an imperial stout, but an interesting and tasty beer nonetheless.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very thick and dark. All I can smell is bourbon with a touch of chocolate coffee. I can taste coffee but I can taste a lot of bourbon in it. My body had a warm glow. After some time I can taste more like some caramel and more chocolate. You have to sip and let it warm up to room temp. to apreciate this stout. Still a little to overpowering still in the bourbon flavor.
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Very smooth. I could drink it like water. I am going to marry it. Malty smooth with brown sugary goodness. Slightly bitter.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big vanilla and oak aroma, toffee and chocolate, a little smoke, light fruitiness, and a little alcohol. Almost black, thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Sweet at first, toffee and chocolate, but finishes with a roasty bitterness. Alcohol is definitely more noticable in the flavor. Full body, a little alcohol burn. A big, in-your-face bourbon stout. A little hot right now, but this will definitely get better with age.
mcallister (31) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woah!!!! Maybe Noah, I mean this is one big F-ing beer. Very little head very little lacing. Nose is of what else but bourbon, vanilla, caramel, mollases, a little coffee, and American oak. One drink and you can tell this beer is something different, something big, and something special. Enormous amounts of wood but in a very good way adding complexity too the brew. Prune, dark unsweetened choclate, mollases, pure vanilla extract, and alcohol glide across the palate in a race for the most complex brew award. This is a very big, very masculine beer. Iím going to have to try the other Bourbon brews from the Goose because this one has won me over. Cheers.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured like black gold. Thick and dense. The head formed slowly and brown. the head settled creamy. The aroma is of vanilla, oak,roatsted coffee and bourban.It starts out Semi sweet with chocolate and vanilla dominating withsubtle roaty/cofee undertones. toffee takes the middle and finishes balanced and slightly syrupy sweet flavor. A definite sipping beer.