lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 Bottle from Holdenn, The_Epeeist or drewbeerme. Thanks from all of you!
?07 Bottle. Pours dark, dark black and oily with a short lived tan head in a snifter. Smell is bourbon, oak, then sweet roasty malt. A fair amount of bourbon in the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste is oily bourbon woodiness, then bittersweet chocolately roast. Balanced well, leaning towards a touch more bourbon than most bourbon beers I?ve had. Very light alcohol in the flavor for 13%, but a slight bit warming. Rich oily mouthfeel and light, but softly prickling carbonation. This is damn good.
On rerate itís very bourbony in the smell and and taste too. Too much so, in fact, but it is still enjoyable in sips. Pretty one dimensional actually and this dropped a lot from what I initially thought of it years ago. The booze is hidden well, but it is just not that drinkable to me, as the intense bourbon flavor makes it almost too vanilla like and sweet to be something I seek out again.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours dirty car oil, tan head: looks really dirty and oily. Aroma is anise, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, pine. Flavor the same with bourbon and the body is very oily. Nice coffee/vanilla/roasted nuts finish. Intense but I still prefer Founders Kentucky Breakfast Bourbon Aged Stout (what a beer!)
bp (816) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours pitch black with a just a ring of tan head around the side of the glass, aroma is heavy on the bourbon - in fact, that is all I smell, taste is also very strong on the bourbon up front, then some roasted malts come through in the finish along with some chocolate. I think the bourbon is a little too much for me as Iím not a hard liqour drinker. Regardless, this is a well made brew.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with nearly no head. The aroma was thick and sweet, like a Sam Adams tripel bock, and a touch of coconut. Taste is sweet, smokey with a thick molasses flavor. Itís a very thick beer.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Marc for this one. Black bodied without even a hint of head formation. Hardly any noticeable bubbles rise to the top. The aroma is rich with caramel bourbon notes, slightly sour soy sauce, and bit of chalky cocoa. Flavor is rich with chocolate, sweet smooth bourbon, a chocolate mousse similarity, and a light roasted finish with a floral hop note. The body is quite nice and silky smooth. Wonderfully complex but just too much bourbon character overpowering the other subtleties.
lweiberg (117) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 Dark but not as thick as Iíd hoped, though one might be all you need since itís 13%. I wonít spend $5 for a 12 oz. again but this is definitely worth trying if you like imperial stouts. Edit: Iíve been drinking this again and itís sweetness is now much more appreciated for some reason. Just pure luxury. Better than Bellís Expedition Stout.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BURBON! Pours black as coal with minimal brown head. Aromas of burbon, roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. Flavor is mostly burbon right up front but malt and coffee are present. Powerful brew and it is a sipper.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
*did not like would not buy*
aroma: smells like heaven. rich thick creamy stout smells, love the oak, love the whiskey love the stout. very nice nose! App: can see SOME light not a traight i like. its black otherwise. Flavor: oh wow the sharp whiskey! Oh wow the rich stout. this is very "oaked". lil coffee finish on the back. this is an example.. im afraid.. of on over oaking.. if there is such a thing. the stout rich coffee backbone flavors are way to far in the background. this needs to follow the example of some other greats.. founders.. i dunno. Palate: fine, could use a thicker body. OA: so sad, could be great. this is way out of balance. a great example of to much oak to a good beer. the oak, the whiskey its so far out front its all wrong. I think i am being rough on this beer because of what it could have been. but it IS NOT, what it could have been. or even passable as drinkable. I prefer Jameson.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle sampled at Chicago Whiskey Fest 2008. Very thick black pour with sparse tan head. Lots of big aromas including bourbon, sweet caramel, licorice, vanilla, a touch of soy from age. A sip takes over the tongue with the same flavors flooding the palate. I previously had not enjoyed this beer much... foolish of me tos ay the least.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour with a thin beige tan head. Smell is oaky and roasted malt with a nice bourbon character in there. Great flavor of roasted chocolate and a nice smooth aged bourbon. Very enjoyable. Creamy smooth thick mouthfeel. Really drinkable and flavorful. I really enjoyed it.