higgo68 (1) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This nearly black, syrupy, heavy hitter opens with an aroma that makes you want to taste it now...and the huge flavor doesnít disappoint from there. The bourbon shows through in the aroma and flavor instantly as does the vanilla and carmel. This is a unique stout that I enjoy year to year -- worth the wait.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 2008 & 2010 vertical on 5/14/11.
2010 pours a deep black with a slim tan head. brilliant nose with just the right amount of bourbon along with chocolate, licorice and a touch of vanilla. some alcohol comes forward as well. big thick body with some bitterness up front, chocolate and coffee overtones, some lingering dark fruits and bourbon from the top to back. hot finish with the bourbon and alcohol coming through strong mixed in with big plump dark fruit tones.
2008 pours a deep black with a slim tan head. the bourbon is more subdued 2 years into the bottle with more chocolate and roasted malt tones coming forward with a bit of spice. thick body full of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and roasted malts. the bourbon has disappeared after a few years across the body. sweet finish with dark fruits, bourbon and caramel towards the back. things have mellowed out for sure after 2 years... if you like your barrel aged beers strong, drink it fresh - if not age it.
2008 bottle via Plumpjack Beer of the Month Club. Simply outstanding beer. I busted this one out to celebrate the wonderful CHANGE that we experienced today as Chicagoís Barack Obama became the 44th President of the USA!!!! cya W. pours a deep black with a thin tan head. huge bourbon notes seep out of the bottle... some vanilla and chocolate on the nose as well. huge chewy body with bourbon, dark fruit and chocolate caramel on top of the palate. very soft on the sides. nice and warming throughout the mouth. the finish is extraordinary with a huge bourbon oak feeling and a nice warming alcohol touch. this is one of the best beers Iíve had to date.... A+++
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz 2007 bottle courtesy of Rogueone sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective stout tasting on 1.16.09. Had this one once before and it tasted like it could sit a little while longer to calm down. Pours black with no head. Boozy aroma with dark fruit and some chocolate. Bourbony sweet flavor with coffee and chocolate. Powerful beer, but not quite as harsh as the first time I had it. Excellent brew.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 2007. Dark black pour, very little head. Vanilla, woody aroma. Lots of vanilla in the flavor as well, bourbon and oak as well, chocolate is big as well. Very nice, outstanding.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled 2007 bottle at the Hopsnobbery Collective Stout tasting on 01/16/09. Oily, impish pour that lets you know loud and clear that youíre gonna need to sit down for this one. Stinging aroma of alcohol. Flavor is dark fruits, a hint of vanilla, molasses, and the velvetiness associated with milk chocolate. If you really like stout, and you really like bourbon, this is your beer.
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.