badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Vintage, reviewed early 2006:
Very dark brown to black in color with a dark tan colored head that quickly dissipated leaving nothing more than a few islands of carbonation in the glass, no lacing. Initial smell was a bit disappointing but as this one warmed it got vastly better and I found chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and of course coffee aromas. Others have said how much the bourbon stands out, to me it was definately present, but I found the chocolate and coffee flavors to be much more dominant and much to my delight. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with low carbonation, just how I think it should be. Iím stuck on where to rate this for drinkability; it was very enjoyable throughout, but it is a sipper. This is not one you would expect to have a few of, but every moment of it is enjoyable, so I think a "4" is fair here. Wonderful beer and will get more before itís gone.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well unlike the rater below, I found Dogfish World Wide to be much more cloying and unstoutlike. This one pours like others have described, and the aroma was as good as it gets. With another year or two in the cellar, Iíd expect the heat to fade just a bit and allow the flavors to combine with the already fantastic aroma to really sweep one off oneís feet.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I compare this to similar beers and donít find that it holds up. It is most similar to Dogfish Head WWS and Southern Tier Jah*va, both of which are more complex, less cloying and have more "stoutlike" qualities. The WWS is a great after dinner apertif served in a small snifter and the Jah*va is just a great beer. This is way too sweet to be called a stout.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Bottle from pepsican, thanks for the awesome beer. Also need to send a shout out to drewbeerme, who sent me some also so I could age them. Poured an inky black color with a fine tan head that dissolves into a ring. Good aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, along with some chocolate and coffee. Slight bourbon tingle greets the tongue upon entering the mouth, leading into a sweet, malty middle with strong flavors of chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla and oak, and finishes with a smooth bourbon taste. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a slight tingle from the bourbon. Definitely a great beer, I canít wait to see what some age does to it. Thanks again Pepsi!
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown with thin, tight, caramel colored head. Nose is complex with chocolate, earth, and alcohol. Flavor is equally complex, but the bourbon stands out stronger than in the nose, and the earthy complexities are very strong. Very good brew.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is as dark as it gets. No light gets through this one. Huge aroma of bourbon and cocnout. Taste is of sweet malt, vanilla, with a bitter and warming finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy with no head, just an initial fleeting brown skin.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Gillard. This one has eluded me for quite a while for various reasons, so I was super excited to try it. Motor oil looking black pour, glugs and glops out of the bottle. Smallish dark mocha-tan head, very bubbly and loosely formed. Nice retention and sheet lacing. On the nose the bourbon is very apparent, along with dark chocolate, raisins, malts, coffee beans, licorice, and some fusel alcohol. Itís actually not super apparent, even at 13%, which is a nice surprise. Very chewy and chalky, tastes like a chocolate brownie with a huge kick of alcohol mixed in. Dark malts, raisins, bourbon, bakers chocolate and tart fruits are present as well, adding to the mix. Wonderful mouthfeel, just how I want a beer of this style to be. Almost have to chew this one to get it down, which is perfect. Finish is boozy, sweet chocolate and fruits, and extremely lengthy. Very warming as a result of the ABV, but itís really quite masterfully kept in check throughout the range of the beer. Masterpiece.
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Immediately hits you with a smell of bourbon and has a very dark black color. No head to speak of. Finishes with a bourbon flavor and is very strong. Excellent beer, just canít have too many of them.
chicagobears (419) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a still midnight black with a beige tinge around the edge. One hell of a nose with bourbon, burnt oak, and vanilla. The coffee flavor comes through more in the flavor, smoky, rich, and oily. The flavors really stick. A burning bourbon flavor. Vanilla, coconut and cocoa swirling together....think Almond Joy. This is the tastiest stout I have tried. This will certainly become an annual event. Bravo Goose Island!
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of bourbon, oak, and malt. Pours an engine oil black with no head. Little carbonation. Flavor of bourbon, strong malt, oak, and light hops. Alcohol is well hidden but still felt with a warm stomach. Took me an hour to finish the beer. Great sipping beer and is well worth the $20 a 4-pack.