Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of holdenn.
Pours like evil black thick viscous texas crude with a medium sized rich brown head. Aroma of bourbon oh so lovely bourbon, coffee, chocolate, roasted barley and brown sugar. Flavor is tasty chocolate, subtle bourbon, with a nice thick mouthfeel. I love the balance between the bourbon, coffee, and chocolate in this one as well as the full mouthfeel. This is really good, probably one of my favorite stouts ever. The 13% alcohol is very well masked by the huge flavor profile of this one as well.
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I gave this to my friend and he thought he was actually just drinking bourbon.
Great aroma, the motor oil black pour is amazing. The bourbon tastes is close to over powering, but keeps it enough at bay to enjoy this sipping beer.
patrick767 (3717) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle - Pours black and oily with a thin tan head. The aroma is of bourbon and roast malt with vanilla notes. The flavor has very apparent bourbon, but it doesnít overwhelm the big roast malts and the coffee and vanilla accents. Itís full bodied and very tasty. Iíd vote for dialing back the bourbon just a little bit, but itís an excellent brew.
BabyJoe692 (109) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pitch Black in color. Aroma of burbon. Good tasting stout with a great flavor of burbon.
msears (10) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer, but overpriced in my opinion. I loved how the bourbon kicked you in the teeth and then the subtle nuances of the stout crept into the aftertaste. At $20 a 4 pack though...
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with very little head and mahogany hints when held up to light. The aroma certainly doesnít betray the name as the bourbon makes itself known in the aroma with a definite alcohol burn in the nose. Some malt and smoke in the smell as well with a faint hint of sweetness from caramel and chocolate. Itís really about the bourbon here. Initial sweet malt flavor with caramel, vanilla and chocolate is quickly blown away by a massive bourbon blast. The finish is slightly bitter with coffee and smoked wood and leaves a serious aftertaste that lingers for a while. Despite the alcohol presence, the mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth with a nice carbonation complement. This beer has too much booze to be seriously drinkable, though the mouthfeel belies the bourbon dominance. I like this one but the bourbon is just a bit overpowering for my liking.
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just phenomenal. I donít know if words can describe it. You just know when youíre in the presence of greatness. And this one you can tell from the aroma. The malt, the caramel, the full body, all aged in a bourbon barrel. Raisins, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, deep brown color, bourbon aftertaste. This is one great beer. I added one to my cellar.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured, as expected, a thick, oily black. Amazing -- so full bodied, heavy roast on aroma and taste. You can almost chew this brew -- better than Dark Lord IMHO. Lots of chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, and vinous notes. Bourbon touch is just right, not too much and not too little. Alcohol is there, but isnít overwhelming. Sweet, endless finish: it coats the mouth and tongue with sweet nectar. Love this one.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mi Gusta! This stuff is unbelievable. Glyceriny deep dark brown with hits of red. Pale, minimal head, the evokes Bourbon, a touch of red color even. Tootsy roll, vanilla, caramel, Bourbon baby! Touch of spice. Complete and fulfilling on the palate. Mouth-coating and layered. Toffee, dark chocalate, ice cream. Long finish. A touch too much heat on the finsh, but otherwise, stellar
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, alc. 11 % (vintage 2005)
Pitch black, no head. Vintage nose: raisins, vanilla, oak, tarry smokey wood, dark malts. Sweetish, a bit sticky. Vanilla, bourbon, licorice, warming! Bourbon in the aftertaste. Barreling is not overused here and is not dominating which is nice. Balanced fireplace stout.