BigMilly8 (384) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 From bottle : Pours black as night, and thick, like most other great impy stouts. Nose of alcohol and some oak notes, but mainly alcohol, maybe a little to much alcohol. Taste is a big improvement from the aroma though. Alcohol at the front, but then mellows nicely to oak and some chocolate hints. Body is a little thinner then most big impy stouts, but it is still a nice body. Palate is astringent, and smooth going down. Pretty good, for as much alcohol that is in here, its not to bad.
Haslinger (863) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Extremely strong taste of alcohol. The first sip burned almos
tin the same way drinking a hard alcohol would. That overpowered the taste of this. It was very complex but the alcohol in mine assaulted this away.
Wouldnít go out of my way to drink again
rerate much smoother and mellow at a warmer temperature. super delicious i am so sad to see the bottoe of my glass approach.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours black as motor oil. Almost no head. Heavy aroma of bourbon with hints of chocolate. Flavor is very similar to aroma. Good, but I do not like bourbon.
glennmastrange (2205) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Heavy to harsh malt aromas of burnt, molasses, dark chocolate and strong coffee, moderate perfume smell for the hops, light yeast note of leather, and wood, charcoal, brown sugar, vanilla and of course bourbon to back it all up. Head is small and quickly diminishes, brown, and has no lacing. Color is opaque black. Flavor is heavily sweet and lightly acidic to start, and the long smokey finish is moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is full, syrupy and has a carbonation thatís just about flat. An interesting mix of a stout, an espresso and a whiskey on the rocks. The first taste of this the bourbon comes blasting through. It is definitely a winter time beer. With their IIPA, Goose Island is fast becoming my favorite brewery.
ebarnes (236) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 12oz bottle
Pours pitch black. I mean BLACK. Almost no head. What was there dissipates very quickly. Smells like you just opened a bottle of Jack Daniels. Taste is very bourbon. Even through the nose. The alcohol is present but fairly well masked. Really nice. You gotta try this one if you can find it.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Black pour with thin, fizzy brown head that quickly disapates to nothing. Bourbon all over the nose. Flavor was very similar with raisins and malts. vanilla and borbon finish. very nice! is it worth 5 dollars a bottle? sure it is!
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 12oz 2007 bottle. Aroma is huge with notes of sherry, bourbon, prunes, smoke, vanilla, wood, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Extremely thick brew with a small disappearing brown head that left little to no lace. Black body. Flavor is bourbon, sherry, raisin, wood and finishes a little sour. Palate is very full bodied and oily flat. Alcohol is noticeable throughout. Intense and good but almost too over the top if there is such a thing. A must try but overpriced.
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. I was almost in shock when I saw this at the bottle shop a few weeks ago because I had never seen it anyplace on Long Island and Iíve had it on my wants list for a long time. Pours a dense black with a thin brown head that completely disappeared after the first sip. Wonderfully huge aroma of lightly roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and chocolate. As strong as the aroma is, the flavor is even more intense, with again malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and chocolate. The flavors, although strong, all blend harmoniously. Just the right amount of bitterness at the finish. Some definite warmth from the alcohol, which fits very nicely with the flavor profile. This is an outstanding beer.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. Bottle shared by Miko - Pours a dark brownish black with big puffy tan head. Aroma is of malt, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilla, and definitely bourbon. Taste is much the same, very nice and a little sweet - must get another as this would be very nice to age.
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a large, lush dark tan head.
Smell: Intense aroma of chocolate-covered coffee beans and bourbon, with all the companion hints of vanilla, wood, and dark brown sugar. Light whiff of smoke.
Taste: Dark maltiness with chocolate, sweetened coffee, and dark caramel. Plenty of complimentary sweetness to go around. A bourbon flavor so exquisite, itís hard not to get excited about it. At this level, you get astoundingly distinct, robust flavors of vanilla beans, brown sugar, and charred oak. Anymore bourbon would turn this beer into an abomination of beerkind. The beer gets very chocolatey near the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, delectable mouthfeel. Warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Very good! The first sip was a joy, as was the last.