glennmastrange (2255) - 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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Black pour with thin, fizzy brown head that quickly disapates to nothing. Bourbon all over the nose. Flavor was very similar with raisins and malts. vanilla and borbon finish. very nice! is it worth 5 dollars a bottle? sure it is!
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 12oz 2007 bottle. Aroma is huge with notes of sherry, bourbon, prunes, smoke, vanilla, wood, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Extremely thick brew with a small disappearing brown head that left little to no lace. Black body. Flavor is bourbon, sherry, raisin, wood and finishes a little sour. Palate is very full bodied and oily flat. Alcohol is noticeable throughout. Intense and good but almost too over the top if there is such a thing. A must try but overpriced.
beerbill (3406) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. I was almost in shock when I saw this at the bottle shop a few weeks ago because I had never seen it anyplace on Long Island and Iíve had it on my wants list for a long time. Pours a dense black with a thin brown head that completely disappeared after the first sip. Wonderfully huge aroma of lightly roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and chocolate. As strong as the aroma is, the flavor is even more intense, with again malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and chocolate. The flavors, although strong, all blend harmoniously. Just the right amount of bitterness at the finish. Some definite warmth from the alcohol, which fits very nicely with the flavor profile. This is an outstanding beer.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. Bottle shared by Miko - Pours a dark brownish black with big puffy tan head. Aroma is of malt, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilla, and definitely bourbon. Taste is much the same, very nice and a little sweet - must get another as this would be very nice to age.
ChainGangGuy (4374) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a large, lush dark tan head.
Smell: Intense aroma of chocolate-covered coffee beans and bourbon, with all the companion hints of vanilla, wood, and dark brown sugar. Light whiff of smoke.
Taste: Dark maltiness with chocolate, sweetened coffee, and dark caramel. Plenty of complimentary sweetness to go around. A bourbon flavor so exquisite, itís hard not to get excited about it. At this level, you get astoundingly distinct, robust flavors of vanilla beans, brown sugar, and charred oak. Anymore bourbon would turn this beer into an abomination of beerkind. The beer gets very chocolatey near the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, delectable mouthfeel. Warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Very good! The first sip was a joy, as was the last.
TheNeil (12) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice beer, very little head lots of vicosity and the finish will stay with you for a bit. Anise and deeply roasted malts in the nose that repeat when you taste it. Save this beer for dessert beacause if you drink it too early in the night it will be the last thing you taste.
cheech1006 (2) - USA - DEC 24, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours with very little head. The beer is pretty opaque, but if you look very closely there are very tiny bubbles. I get mostly bourbon and licorice aroma. Thick and creamy mouth feel. Flavor is powerful and lingering. The barrel taste is prominent, but this sure ainít a glass of whisky. Very enjoyable.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with very minimal chocolate milk head that only shows cause of an extremely aggressive pour. Mild in the nose, chocolate, oak, a little bourbon. Taste is as it smells with a little smokey flavor and a little more bourbon but not boozey. Full in the mouth and only to be sipped slowly.