BeerandBlues2 (8556) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to tjthresh for sending this one my way. Pours opaque with spare fizzy brown head, diminishing with spare lacing. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of head. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel, coffee, toasted grain), average hops (perfume), average yeast (dough, fresh leather) with notes of average alcohol, prunes and smoke. The aroma is very inviting and the alcohol is just noticeable but not overwhelming; nice maltiness that balances everything else. Average duration, heavy sweetness partly imparted by the bourbon and partly by a hint of vanilla, harsh acidity accentuated by the alcohol, heavy bitterness. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation and bitter finish. The alcohol is very apparent in the flavor and mouthfeel yet remains less dominant in the aroma.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Attila the Hunís aperterif. Monstrous and menancing in every respect. Pours like motor oil to the deepest black with a caramel-bourbon shaded head. Aromas of brisket, caramel apples, campfire smoke and the inside of the bourbon bottle fill the room. The flavors are rich and intense, of guatemalan coffee, turtle cake, sticky caramel rolls and many full swallows of bourbon. The most viscous, chewy beer i know of offers no reprieve from its boozy attack and may have the capacity to wound the tongues of the gods. This beer just drowns you in itself. Very unkind.
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pleasant slightly sweet bourbon aroma will lead you to inhale deeply again and again. The side of the class holds a dark brown almost oily film when swirled. Rich and lightly bitter dark chocolate flavor lingers on the palate. The higher alcohol content instantly warms the belly and rich bourbon vapors waft through the mouth and sinuses. You can just chew your way through a mouthful of this beer, which threatens to overwhelm the senses. The íBourboní description of this stout should be taken seriously.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with after4ever. Pours and opaque blackish brown with a tan head. Aroma is full of chocolate. This beer smells more like chocolate that any other stout Iíve ever tried, or as Tom observed "this smells more like chocolate than chocolate. Sweet taste of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, wood and the vaguest hint of coffee. Finishes with bittersweet smoke. Definitely a great desert beer.
after4ever (5739) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. Thanks, 46er3498! Jet black. A little swirl of brownish, nearly orange head. No visible carb. No lace. Truly a gargantuan chocolate nose. You think someoneís baking fudge. Thick but not sticky body. Hint of velvety carb. Smoke, vanilla and coffee on the mid-palate, especially as the finish takes hold. Mostly chocolate throughout the palate, though. Light smoky bitter finish. Awesome stuff.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a thick black color with a medium tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is smokey with wonderful touch of bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Taste of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and fruit. This beer has a nice complexity to it and hides the alcohol well. Finishes smoothly.
jrob21 (2188) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I know this one comes highly recommended but it didnít blow me away as much as other stoudts Iíve had. Still big roasted malt aroma. Getting some apple, grape, rasin aromas as well. Creamy slightly alcoholic taste that detracts a bit. Roast coffee comes through as the alcohol dissipates. Leaves a sticky sweet residue on the lips as it finishes.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong molasses roasted malt aroma with strong bourbon notes. Dark black syrupy with minimal chocolate brown head. Big flavor. Thick and syrupy. Sweet roasted coffee. Vanilla and carmel are present. Strong alcoholic presence is not overly evident. Bitterness is mild. Palate is thick and syrupy. Very good overall although I am biased towards this kind of beer. Great after dinner beer. Seems like you could pour it on ice cream.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 immediately the best beer iíve ever had out of a twist-off. couldnít help but laugh, the aroma immediately reminds me of the FoBAB last weekend. pretty perfect pour. very thick, black with light penetrating only the top, producing deep browns. head is similarly thick deep coffee-bean brown. hard to judge aroma after that festival. bourbon dominates the aroma, easily. i gather a nice meld of vanilla, chocolate and caramel complementing it... wow, really hot. even at reasonably cool temperature, alcohol very strong. some surprising cola flavor. not very bitter, not very sweet, both kinda surprising. a bit later iím still surprised at how how little coffee there is and how much more chocolate/vanilla syrup it is. no shortage on flavor, but not quite what you expect in a big impy. the oak is a no-brainer. salty. full body, sticky, really hot finish. crazy to say this, but tastes like it would be closer to mephistopheles-levels of alcohol. bummer, i would have loved to have given this a much higher score. will lay down and rerate.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 2006 bottle, another big thank you to sersdf. Jet black with a caramel brown head. Smells like bourbon, oak, alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruit, anise (no chocolate or coffee in there for me, a surprise). Nice flavor, lots of coffee and chocolate, vinous, almost has a chocolate liqour taste to it. Complex but not. Hugely thick mouthfeel, kind of like herseyís chocolate syrup, but I like that right now... Overall, super dry, super rich, and lots of chocolate flavor. Bourbon in the aroma is nice, but the alcohol is a little too much. Still, I love stouts, and I love bourbon, so I have trouble giving this bad ratings. Great carbonation for a barrel aged beer too. I like it, not everyday, but itís worth having. Rerate... interesting beer. Lots of malt in the aroma. I still like this beer. Great for/with dessert.