oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tiny white ring of a head. Strong bourbon aroma, sharp alcohol, chocolate, cake batter, cocoa powder. Interesting.
Silky smooth chocolate flavor, caramel, of course bourbon and very boozy (but in the best way possible)
The mouth feel is wonderful. Smooth and silky. Overall great beer.
DByers (8) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2008 does not count
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance indescribable except for pure motor oil. Subtle smells of char, a little bourbon, vanilla and rich grains. The taste, wow. Sweet black licorice, wood, slight hotness of the bourbon, and char. Impressive complexity and perfection. Somebody had fun crafting this fantastic brew.
Homer321 (2560) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
poured form bottle into matilda "M" glass. pours pitch black with minimal lacing. I think all of these were bottled the same day, but this one had 10-11-07, 105 on the label. rasins in th enose with a thick almost tobacco like taste. hints of teh wood come through as it warms, very chewy and leather-like. slight saltiness, alcohol warming is minimal. an awesome beer!
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle thanks zinster. The beer poured a deep black with a thick brown head. If you can imagine pouring motor oil into a glass and toping it with brown whipped cream then you might have some idea of how this beer looked. The nose is rich and deep smelling of burnt wood, roasted malts and bitter sweet chocolate. The taste was out of this world with a richness and flavor that I have found in no other beer. The taste of burnt malts, caramelized sugar, toasted oak, chocolate and bourbon dominate the beer. The beer finished with a bourbon sweetness and a hint of bitter chocolate. the mouth feel was round and oily. A great beer, one I have been looking forward to, thanks mike.
Dedollewaitor (14490) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via trade with The Epeeist. Thanks a lot. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head & lacings. This IS everything: wood, roast, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, smooth, oily & phat. Super complex & super delicious. Long end. Amazing. . .
2Roses (11) - , Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very heavy and potent beer, i even question the 13% ABV seems a bit higher to me. You can really taste the Bourbon from start to finish.
Christian (11665) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with a small, but lasting, light brown head. Rich and complex aroma, of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, a little toffee, roasted wood, and a hint of licorice.
Rather dry, full flavoured complex dark chocolate, with delicious oak notes, and some slightly tart tannin action. Long lasting aftertaste of oak, vanilla and chocolate.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to pantanap for this bottle. Labeled 2006. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malts and a bit of coffee.
Thick and decadently rich. Balanced. A really nice dark fruit taste, almost leaning towards plum. I need a couple more of these.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
i agree with the commercial description completely, other than i thought it was maybe a little undercarbonated.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 12 oz bottle from zinister. Pours a dark black with a small tan head that soon fades to nothing. The aroma is big with bourbon whiskey and dark fruits. The flavor is likewise dominated by bourbon whiskey (close to Old Grand Dad), also filling in the sides are licorice plums, and dates. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The finish is exceptionally long with lingering whiskey. Overall: Iím discovering that I am a big fan of whiskey barrel aged ales, they just sit right with me.
re-rate 4-28. 2012 Bottle from trade. Lowering score from 4.3 down to 3.8. Big nose is gone from this batch. Also taste is different with the big bourbon presence diminished.