Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 2006. Bourbon. Bourbon. Bourbon. With a hint of stout. Aroma is more liqour than beer. The taste is the same. A hint of bourbon, whiskey, oak are fine but fundamentally I want to feel like Iím drinking beer. This is overdone. And at $19.99 a six pack Iím not going to work too hard to point out the upsides.
2007 Re-rate. Alright this one works for me- and very well. Still a lot of bourbon but an absolutely huge stout behind it wtih tobacco, leather, chocolate tones. The mouthfeel alone makes this worthwhile. There are also significant hops balancing the sweetness of the bourbon. Wonder if the 11% to 13% change also reflects a more substantial malt contribution. The key was also letting it warm for 15 minutes bfore taking the first sip.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 2009 Vintage
Again, this yearís vintage is very complex, definitely bourbon heavy, although itís fairly balanced. Warming.
A huge thanks to whoever provided this for the Cellarís MN tasting! I was wanting to try this after feeling last yearís vintage was too one dimensional with the bourbon taking over. This yearís seem a little toned down on the bourbon (although still strong bourbon). I thought this added to the experience and made this beer much more complex. Well done. I may have to get some of my own.
Total Score: 4.3
Original Rating: 2006 Vintage
Bottle. I have been trying to get my hands on this beer for quite some time now. And it just happened to make its way into Minnesota. Itís not cheap at close to $5 a bottle. A tan head forms and then disappears very quickly. Then all that is left is a ring along the glass. This has some of the strongest bourbon notes Iíve ever encountered in a barrell aged beer. Also strong molasses, raisin, plum, chocolate. The bourbon flavor is a little strong for my liking, otherwise this is a very nice sipping brew. So I would have to rate it slightly under world class, just because the bourbon is a tad too overpowering. But if you like the bourbon sweetness and that is your thing, then youíll love this beer.
Total Score: 3.9
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage. Intense bourbon flavour, which I love, that leads to a wonderful vanilla character. Heavy use of malt in this one to the point of being a bit too cloying on the palate. A bit hot, but the intense sweetness helps to keep it in check. Obviously a great one to age in your cellar for a couple years to meld the flavors together in a more complementary fashion. I would say a good cigar beer as this would definately stand up to a nice robusto in maduro wrapper and would really bring the sweetness down a notch. Iíll definately have to try this and re-rate at a later point.
holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 12/28/10 Sure when you pop one of these fresh theyíre pretty hot with alcohol and turn off a lot of people, but if you can hold on to these for two years like the one Iím drinking now... wow, just wow. Thin beige head around the rim on top of pitch black syruppy beer. Rich aged malts chocolate and bourbon balanced so well. Lots of chocolate after a couple years as the bourbon character takes it place in proportion to the roast and chocolate. Some dark fruits and oak underneath those dominant characters. Almost a little too sweet but the bourbon and roast turn these flavors into a sweet medley. Just amazing. The perfect aged imperial stout.
Iíve had this beer so many times and havenít rated it enough.
10/31/06 Mini vertical with 8/05 and 7/06 newly released batch. The new batch is in Heaven Hills barrels. Pours a dark chocolate black with the thinnest ring of a head. Bourbon nose pours off both glasses with a little bit of molasses, roastiness, vanilla and toffee. The 05 has a more rounded nose where you can pick up more of the subtle aromas. Nice slightly sticky medium thick mouthfeel with bourbon in the punch. The 06 has the barrel earthiness with molasses carmel vanilla and burnt roastedness. It finishes hot with that bourbon numbing the tongue but for being only bottled a few months ago, this is pretty damn palatable.
The 05 is smoother with age, and more stout like. With that bourbon mellowed out a little or maybe the under flavors coming out more the chocolate, carmel, coffee and burnt roast this makes for a tasty beer. It still finishes hot but not quite as hot as the 06. That being said the 05 is better than the 06 now, but damn the 06 is gonna being really amazing in a couple years. Its overall smooth and subtle earthy bourbon characteristics, make me look forward to sitting around a fire this cold winter with this fire in my glass and throat.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle I got from someone, I dont even remember who (I Think it was brandon (notalush) in secret santa) Thanks anyway, whoever you are! This is 08/05 release, so this is working on a little more than a year. So I have had many bourbon beers, and this one is slightly disappointing to me. Sure, its got the huge bourbon flavor and finish, but it doesnt have the nice balance and its so overwhelming flavors of bourbon that it is almost sickening to my stomach. Nose has some vanilla, chocolate, and coffee, but a large amount of alcohol. Taste is similar, with a huge burning sensation from the alcohol. I hear this beer is 20 dollars for 4, which is 5 dollars a whack, which it is not worth at all. This would be ok, if it wasnt so hot. I wanted to like this one, I really did, but I almost had trouble finishing it. Not really pleasing at all to me.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big is the operative word here, big malt , big wood, big alcoho and big mouthfeel. Earthy tobacco and anise notes with Mocha, espresso, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, marzipan and molasses. And what else but a BIG finish.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 51F Trappist. Big aroma, tons of malts lots of sugar plenty of hot molasse, warm alcohol nose. Jet black appearance with only a touch of lacing. WOW, huge taste huge fruit flavors, huge dark roasted malts, tastes like sucking on vanilla pods that have been soaked in dark rum. Fairly sweet but not cloying on the palate, very warm alcohol feel, warms the throat and stomach. A Big huge brew very tasty, I think if you did smoke a cigar with it, it would hold its own maybe even kick that cohiba in the ass. Palate is a medium one with mild carbonation, its my only knock. What a great sipper, I need to be sitting on my back deck watching the rain fall to really capture the essence of this monster. Thanks ACertain.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trade via Jokes; thanks, Denton!! Pours an inky black with slight head formation and fine-bubbled lacing. The nose is huge; the bourbon aroma is well-balanced by the toastiness of the oak and vanilla; alcohol is somewhat apparent, but still incredibly appetizing. Full, viscous mouthfeel, hitting every corner of the tongue: fine bourbon (with the slightest hints of sour-mash character), sweet vanilla and oak and chocolate and charred malt; and even a salty, bitter edge that brings in one further dimension. Thick, layered palette; bourbon, chocolate, and a toasty character in a medium finish. Very enjoyable. Now to test Greg Hallís cigar theory...
OldMrCrow (1621) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Rating 500. Bottles shared at acertainís gathering.
Pours a deep black with red-brown highlights. The aroma offers surprisingly rich notes of sweet raisin in addition to the expected bourbon, oak, and chocolate. The flavor leads with dark fruit and vanilla bourbon, with French roast coffee coming in underneath and penetrating sweetness throughout. Iím left with a long-lingering, alcoholic, vanilla extract fniish. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel, while certainly full, l is very hot on the tongue; this is my biggest criticism of the beer.
This is certainly a high-end beer. I didnít enjoy it as much as I recall enjoying the Full Sail Black Gold, but it was certainly superb and I am very glad to have had the chance to try it. Thank you, acertain!
2007 bottle sampled May 2009. Still definitely boozadelic. Packs a heavy punch and lots of heat, but itís pretty nice. But so boozy......
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, with clarkVV and Sully. Black in colour. Lots of sweet bourbon characters on the nose and on the palate. dark chocolate, roast, and slightly vanilla/oak bourbon characters, with an underlying peaty characters. Nice, in fact very nice, but a bit too sweet and sticky for me. Alcohol is liquerish, rather than spirity.