dogfish120love (1031) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour is black with a dark brown head. The aroma is rich in the smell of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and caramel. Thee taste taste is out of this world, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, a little smokey and a woody or bourbon/whiskey flavor.
trymall (2) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! That was the only beer I had that night - it was huge. Plenty of vanilla, esspresso and bourbon to please the senses. Just opening the bottle gave me pause as sweet aromas saturated the air, cloaking me in an unexpected euphoria. What a treat. I will have to try more bourdon aged beer.
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley for $4.99. By the way, if you are in the Bay Area, go there. Wow. This is a seriously good beer. It pours pitch black and oily with a very thin head but nice lacing. The sweet aroma has brown sugar, nuts, vanilla, some wood, and a hint of alcohol. The palate is exceedingly smooth, full, and creamy with little carbonation. The flavor really makes sense following the aromas, which I cant say for very many beers. It complements the aromas. There is a stronger presence of coffee than I had imagined, but also wood, caramel, chocolate, and of course the motif of bourbon. The alcohol is a little more noticeable in the flavor than in the nose, but still belies the 13 percent a.b.v. unlike in most barley wine style beers. I definitely get nice smooth notes of bourbon that really enhance the beer. I feel like there could be slightly more carbonation and more head, but the palate is excellent on this beer. Overall this beer is balanced and great for drinking on a rainy winter day such as this one.
Reid (2064) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 12 oz single bought in Salem Oregon $4.50 a bottle.
Great brown sugar,espresso coffee, vanilla and wood aromas
vVery dark brown almost black beer, creamy light brown head.
Flavour is similar to the aroma, but more alcoholic.Bourbon really shows.
The mouthfeel is the greatest thing about this beer,thick,silky ,creamy like a good quality milk shake!
Good beer indeed.
But i prefered Full Sails Bourbon Barrel beers better.
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oj oj oj... Mycket av allt, minst sagt. Kolsvart, litet ljusbrunt skum som strax löses upp och försvinner. Inte mycket kolsyra vad det verkar. Doften är kraftig men svårbestämd. Lite kaffe och choklad, javisst, men mest julfrukter som dadlar och liknande. Samichlaus är vad jag i första hand tänker på. Sen smaken, den fyller hela munnen. Först en lätt syrighet, en lite brännande känsla av alkohol, därefter vanilj, rök, allehanda kryddor, kaffe och säkert mycket annat. När jag sväljer infinner sig en liten beska och när den klingar av malt av rostningsgraderna karamell och svart samt lite rök. Väldigt speciell, mycket god men en i månaden är nog och mer än så.
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unbelievable. If I can find a better stout than this, I am going to marry it. Pours a beautiful deep chocolate/coffee hue with a thick, creamy canvas colored head. Nose full of caramel, coffee, toffee, toast, whisky, oak, and a hint of smoke for character. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, licorice, floral bourbon, caramel, and toffee all balanced for a gorgeous, full-bodied beer. Sorry Rochefort 10, there is another woman in the relationship...
dwyerpg (4827) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow!! This is pitch black in color. Dark brown head. This is intense. The flavor of the bourbon is obvious as well as some oak. Not for the faint of heart, but this is just fantastic, definitely worth the $20 a four-pack.
eventheodd (1) - , Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2008 does not count
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
First beer I have ever had that I feel is "big" just for the same of being "big."
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 Bottle. Pours an oily pitch black color,with a supersmall head. Lots of bourbon,vanilla and alcohol in the aromka. Taste is sweet with lots of bourbon,vanilla,dark chocolate,coffee and some warming alcohol. Really thick and nice. Maybe a bit to sweet but still really good!
finol (2449) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Bottle.
Pitch black with short lasting brown head.
Lots of chocolaty malts, whiskey, some vanilla and alcohol in the aroma.
Bourbon barrels are better than Scotch barrels for beer ageing!