BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottled on 10/11/07. Label indicates 13% abv.
Pours completely black with a small dark brown head made of ultra fine bubbles that slowly rises then fades to but a spotting. Big malty sweet smells waft in my face, chocolaty with a bit of roastiness, vanilla and definitely some bourbon notes. This is a big beer and it tastes like it! Big chewy mouthfeel, dark caramalt and roasted barley flavors balanced by substantial hop impression that finishes with a hot bit of bourbon oakiness. Nice Imperial Stout that could age well.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Bottle. Pours out a dark syrupy black with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma is very sweet and complex; bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is excellent and complex - sweet and malty, vanilla, chocolate, wood, and alcohol. Very soft mouthfeel with a charcoal finish. An excellent sipping beer.
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle courtesy of rollinhard. wow thatís a black beer with no head at all. very hardcore bourbon, vanilla, wood and syrupy smell. good thickness and a nice very smooth woody taste. the aftertaste seems to mainly be all bourbon with a slight alcohol burn in the end.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of EddieG. Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish head. Aroma is mostly vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of smoked wood, whiskey, cherry, tobacco, and molasses. Palate is mostly thick with residual tastes of wood aged whiskey and molasses. Great brew.
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Bottle. Looks oily black with little head, but that may be due to the Chimay glass. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. Full bodied. Tastes of full roasted malt and molasses that leads into sweet toffee, then a hint of cherry on the end. Finish lingers for a while.
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2011 What a dark pour! Incredibly black body with a small late forming dark brown head. Aroma is unlike any I have sampled with a full nose of bourbon. Bourbon also dominates the flavor and alcohol is right up there as well. Did they get whiskey in the beer or the other way around? This is a beer on steroids except it has retained the big testicles. There are other flavors but mentioning them is like complaining about a blister on the foot after being hit in the head with an axe. Unique feel in the mouth. It is smooth to the max. This beer is as subtle as a Mike Tyson punch and is far too over powering for my taste.
GMCC2181 (1515) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! Smells more like bourbon, then bourbon itself! Dark, no head and no lacing. All kinds of flavor going on here. You can taste the malt, vanilla, and carmel. Yet it has a nice sweet after taste. Super smooth. This is the most flavor I have ever tasted in one beer. I love the 13 percent! I wish I had an extra one to age. This is a special occasion beer.
(Thanks STFUN for the awesome hookup!)
Fej (3) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2008 does not count
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I love a good Bourbon Stout, in fact I would say it is my favorite type of beer. So when I saw this available, I happily paid the $15 for a 4-pack. This was a major disappointment to me. Not that itís a terrible drink (and I say drink because this is much stronger than your normal microbrew beer), but because of the price and hype surrounding it. The aroma is sweet like a good bourbon, the pour is as dark as old motor oil. But the taste is overwelming. The bourbon taste far overpowers all other ingredients. I was able to pick up the coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste, but the initial is like a shot of whiskey. This is definitely not a drinking beer, but a sipping beer. This would be a great beer to enjoy on a cold night in front of a fire reading a good book. Not so much if youíre going to a frat kegger. That 4-pack lasted me a week.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderfully rich with an intriguing aroma and flavor. Very big flavors, full bodied and a bit of a burn in the finish. Flavor is rich and unique, some slightly smoked peaty qualities, with some whiskey wood barrel flavors in the finish. A must try. Very warming.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 vintage consumed in February 2008. Whoa! This brew screams bourbon! As soon as I cracked the top, a massive nose of kentucky bourbon laden chocolate and nougat malts hit me like a ton of bricks. The thick, syrupy, opaque mahogany liquid exudes fumy notes of vanilla and burnt caramel over the silky dark chocolate malts and omnipresent bourbon. The aroma is nothing short of fantastic, and it transitions perfectly into the luxurious, intense flavor. Dark chocolate and caramel caress the tongue, while the intense bourbon melts perfectly into the fold. There is a perfectly complimentary smoky taste that sticks to the roof of the mouth and the edges of the tongue. This brew is masterfully crafted in its use of massive amounts of malt to balance out the huge bourbon notes. I canít believe how well this has held up after nearly three years. My only knock is on appearance, which would certainly garner a perfect score save for the lack of a head or lacing, a condition that is most likely due to the brewís age. A thick viscous body drinks incredibly smooth for such a huge beer, though it falls just short on carbonation levels. I will revisit this beauty as often as possible, as this is truly one of the classics. EXCELLENT!