RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle at cgarvieukís amazing sunday shindig. Very dark browin with beige head. Bourbon with lots of vanilla, big nose. some chocolate malt and some creaminess. Mouth is slightly carbonated, charcoal, spirit burn, some creamy vanilla. Bit overpowering. Thick and spirity, with lots of vanilla cream. Not what I was expecting, but alright.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is bourbon, alcohol roasty and overpowering. Taste is similar, alcohol, coffee, makes me quiver when i drink, hard to swallow, terrible beer and about as far away as what i want fardark lord.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Poured pitch black with no head. Aroma - sweetness, bourbon and alcohol, maybe a hint of scotch. Is this beer? Taste was very sweet with notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Strong warming alcohol presence. Thick mouthfeel. Wow. Definitely a sipper. Two bottles of this stuff will put you to bed.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tar black body topped with a very little amount of white head. Smells very oaky with tons of vanilla and a bit of anise or something. The flavor has a lot more of the stout characteristics. It has chocolate on the front-end and then a huge burst of coffee on the back side. The bourbon vanilla is there throughout. 5.75 at New Beverage, NYC on Chrystie St
Arayaga2 (1811) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Placid inky black with absolutely no head. Notes of sherry and bourbon are prominent in the aroma. Sweet alcoholic nectar with roasted bourbon flavor., and a slight coffee finish BONZER. $5.75/12 oz
Slipstream (2073) - USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle at room temperature. Pours out black as coal with a brown head. Bracing aroma of alcohol and hops. Label is all text and tells the story of the beerís creation. The taste - wow! This is not flavorless ballpark suds. it is rich, sweet, and forceful - vanilla, caramel, coffee, and yes, a hint of good bourbon whiskey. This is pretty close to a barleywine - it is a chocolate ice cream sundae of a beer. There is a nice, hoppy tingle in the finish. Awesome stuff, but only if you have a sweet tooth.
Dragonfly1 (495) - Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle- Goose Island restaurant- poured in a snifter. Oil black, with only a wisp of head on top. Aroma is incredible, heavy licorice and smoke. Taste is intense, with truffle, chocolate cake, and after 30-45 seconds, the espresso notes come through, as do the slight hints of whisky around the edges. Heavy, heavy, rich, complex. Wife says she tastes sweet coconut too. My favorite style is the Belgian Quad, and Iím having a real hard time rating this above the Rochefort 10, but in all fairness I just have to. I can still so distinctly taste this beer in my mind 6 hours later, and I want more, even if it was $10 a bottle. None of my previous 106 beers rated till now have been this good or distinct. Cheers.
dmac (4204) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle thanks to xmarcnolanx, thanks Marc. Pours a prefect looking viscuous black with a small coccoa brown head. Big time boozey aroma with lots of bourbon, wood, vanilla extract, and slight chocolate. Full bodied but tons of alcohol warming. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla and wood. Nice beer but needs more time, sort of like girls in high school they look great but need some maturity on em.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[WBA styles tasting] 2007, Dense, thick appearance; kind of scary. Massive bourbon aroma, vanilla, roasty. Some toasted coconut? Brown sugar, molasses loads of malt character. Subtle smoke towards the finish. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Warming, sweet finish with some strong residual sugars.
Mugsie84 (4) - Inverness, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thick and creamy, but no head. Very strong bourbon overtones. Not for the weak at heart.