Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle(’07 bottle)-Pours a dark motor oil with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and slight chocolate. Taste of this full bodied brew is of chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, coffee, and vanilla. This brew is very well balanced and the bourbon and alcohol mix very well together. Awesome beer.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle and bottled on this date - 101207 and thanks to bdigi66 for giving me this bottle. Poured thick and syrupy and a very, very small light brown head that fully lasted, virtually no lacing, opaque, no signs of carbonation, and a black as oil hue. The aroma was vanilla, bourbon, dark malts, wood, oak, roasty, caramel and smoke notes. Nice!! The flavor wood, acidic, licorice, roasty, vanilla, bourbon, dark malts, thick, and a long finish. The mouthfeel was thick, syrupy and an alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Full bodied. Wow what a brew! Delicious, nicely done, nice balance, definitely worthy of a try! Thanks again, bdigi66!!
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Bottle thanks to Douglas88! Thanks alot for this awesome beer. I’ve been looking for this one for awhile and it wasn’t disappointing. I definitely wasn’t prepared for the intense aroma, really blew me away... dominated by bourbon. The taste wasn’t as overpowering, mostly caramel and sweet roasted malts. Extremely full bodied and smooth. A wonderful experience.
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Black pour with a tiny brown head. Strong aroma of smokey malt and alcohol. Surprisingly smooth smoke/coffee with a good bittersweet balance. Slick syrupy and lasting bitter finish. Wonderful.
IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is not currently the 28th best on earth for no reason. Pours rich black with a small brown head. The aroma of this 2006 Is of bourbon and oak. The flavor is crazy. So so crazy. Starts off rich with caramel, then evolves into the warm sweet bourbon. Slowly the flavor fades to the back of your palate, and you get some mild vanilla. Literally minutes later you still taste the smooth cool caramel/vanilla aftertaste. I would go celibate for a life time supply of this and bells expedition stout.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 12 oz bottle, pours a rich black, with tan head, that dissipates mostly. Incredible aroma of bourbon, coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate...but mostly bourbon. Rich flavor of bourbon, oak, and roasted coffee. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, with light carbonation. An amazing beer!!
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2011 Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pitch black pour, tons of thick lacing, with a big tannish head. Big booze in the nose. Bourbon and raisins. Caramel, soy sauce, chocolate. Flavor is chock full of chocolate. Roasted malt, big creamy flavors of caramel, vanilla. Alcohol is big all around and drinkability suffers from this. A good beer though, of course.
TheElder (49) - DeSoto, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
’06 12 oz. Pours black with highlights of orange/ amber, and head as dark as milk chocolate. Great looking brew. When I read that it was barreled for 150 days I knew it was going to be intense. I was correct. You only have one of these at a time. The bourbon is a little too much but, you can still get many things out of it. Tons of malts. Oak, vanilla, and sweet caramels.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Edition - Pours deep down black , not as thick as motor oil but getting close. Not much carbonation but there is one beautiful 1/16 inch caramel colored head. Heavy lacing. First sniff: Smells like bourbon straight out of the bottle with deep roasted malts aroma overtones. First tastes is thick with a lovely bourbon kick followed by heavy malts, coffee, and chocolate – slight hint of vanilla trying to poke through. This is an awesome treat definitely “World Class”.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thjick deep black with almost no head to speak of. Aroma is sweet rich bourbon, wood, chocolate and smoke. Flavor is big time bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, smoke and chocolate. Long bourbon accenuated finish with a slight alcohol burn. Full bodied, thick texture. A damn fine beer if I do say so myself.