MatchesForHire (25) - Westborough, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mucho thanks to Brock_Landers for this bonus beauty! Pours very dark brown with about an 1/8" head that stuck around. Aroma heavy on the bourbon (but I love that kind of thing), with a bit of wood char, some dried dark fruit, and a spoonful of caramel. Flavor more of the same: lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and all the rest of that goodness. This is an incredible beer, and if you can get your hands on it, do so without hesitation.
Tripplebrew (777) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 version. Bought two. One I tried right away and it was not so great. Aged the second for about a year and it was delicious. It poured very dark chocolate brown with pretty much no head. The aroma is a strong dark chocolate and espresso. Definitely chocolaty malts. A bit of a bitter espresso after taste. Once aged absolutely yummy. Bought the 2007 to age as well. Canít wait to see what further aging brings the other 2006 version I bought. This is strong and intense. Donít drink more than one. Great beer.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black, no head. Sweet alcoholic smell. Wine like, alcoholic, very sweet. Heavy down the throat. Too much for me. Taste isnít really there, goes straight to the throat and stomach. Too much bourbon.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thick brown head that falls into a very thin ring around the glass. Leaves a good lacing and is jet black. Smell is bourbon and vanilla and a sweet roastiness. Taste is sweet bourbon with a small amount of vanilla and an aftertaste of roastiness. Smooth mouthfeel.
TopherDrinks (96) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2007. Pours rich black with brown hues on the edges. No real head forms just a thick dark brown film that collects around the edges. Aromas of rich espresso, dark chocolates, roasted chocolate malt, oak barrels, vanilla, and molasses. Flavors are so rich with dark chocolate, espresso, dark tobacco, bourbon, with a vanillin oak mid palate, followed by a heavy dose of booze and caramel on the finish. Rich and silky mouthfeel with great warming (not hot) stomach. Should be great to age, but are fantastic new.
BigMilly8 (389) - 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 (865) - 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 (2253) - 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 (239) - 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.