MHED (114) - lisle, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured like black gold. Thick and dense. The head formed slowly and brown. the head settled creamy. The aroma is of vanilla, oak,roatsted coffee and bourban.It starts out Semi sweet with chocolate and vanilla dominating withsubtle roaty/cofee undertones. toffee takes the middle and finishes balanced and slightly syrupy sweet flavor. A definite sipping beer.
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (courtesy of Dalaamar): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown color foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of bourbon is quite powering as well as some chocolate and vanilla. Taste is a mix between some chocolate malt with hints of vanilla, coffee and oak. Bourbon presence is interesting but a bit too powerful for my liking since it brings too much alcohol, which is not something that I necessarily enjoy. Body is full and has a creamy texture, which I quite enjoy. Overall, this is a very interesting creation, which Iím glad, got a chance to try but I feel I would probably prefer the non-barrel aged version more. Also, this is more of a sipper then anything else and half a bottle would probably be enough for one session.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Tasting session with omhper and ante. Thanks kramer17801 for the bottle!
Mellow bourbon aroma. Sweaty cheeze and sweet chocolate aroma. Sticky sharp caramell and bourbon flavour and also some cheap chocolate thrown in, perhaps. A bit too much bourbon and oak - too long time in the barrel, me thinks. Roasted and slightly salty aftertaste in this big bodied and sweet brew.
fidemaster (251) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 Very thick black like coffee with a similar taste. Like drinking an espresso almost, coffee, sweet, creamy. Then you get the taste of oak, alcohol, very nice wood taste. Bourbon only wishes it tastes this good!
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark black with near black brief head. Aroma of vanilla and licorice. Sweet with full body and clean mouthfeel with intense oak barrel flavour. The barrel character goes overboard and along with excessive alcohol it gets too intense and unbalanced. A lot of flavour, but not a lot of flavours.
waldowin (6) - Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On the first sip, I was seriously worried this might supplant my long-running all-time favorite beer!
Poured a rich, velvety black. So thick the surface didnít ripple under a pour, it *folded* in waves. Dark brown head was a little difficult to coax out, and slowly disappeared. No real lacing, but this stuff is so thick that sheets of the beer itself lace the glass when tipped.
This stuff smells heavily of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. A thick, sweet smell.
This stuff is just double-stout heaven! Intensely complex. Starts as an espresso double-roast, and instantly turns into an explosion of vanilla, oak, and roast. Slowly fades into a bloom of grapefruit-like hops that stay with you. Each sip brings out more flavors than the last.
This stuff is thick, and massive. Just barely enough carbonation to keep it from intimidating your tongue into hiding. If only all stouts could be so!
I have to be careful, as this is the only bottle Iíve ever had, and this stuff isnít sold locally for me. Once itís gone, itís gone. I think I just may weep when I finish this glass.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, almost no hrad. Tarry aroma of coffee, anise seeds, raisin, nuts with touches of wood and alkohol. Black coffee and chocolate with a strong barrel character. Wood, nuts, vanilla and cracker, Thick tarry and a bit peppery aftertaste, touches of nuts and wood. This is intense stuff.
ElGaucho (2116) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Re-Rate 2-13-13. 2011 vintage. Molasses/soy sauce in the nose. Oily opaque black body with tan head. Fortunately, soy sauce doesnít come through in the flavor. Didnít change my rating. Ar 6, Ap 4, Ta 10, Pal 5, Ov 18. Re-rate: Cinco de Mayo, 2007: Re-rate: Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2007, 4-28-07. Very bourbony aroma, rich, high alcohol. Fully opaque body with a yellowish, tan head. Wow. Excellent. Dark Lord doesnít have that much on this brew. Why is it that people line up and pay $15 a bottle for DL and thereís very little hype for BCS? Granted I donít think this is quite a good as DL, but itís not far enough away for the disparity in attention. Perhaps only being available one day a year at the brewery will do that for a beer. Ar 8, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17. 3-28-06: MN Ratebeer Winter Get Together. Bottle. Rich, milk chocolatety aroma. Opaque body with no lace. Light brown head. Engine oil consistency. Syrupy. Wonderful caramelly, rich. Excellent.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Bottle. Pours opaque black with a diminishing brown head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, whisky, and a tad amount alcohol. Rich flavor of expresso, maple syrup, dark roasted malts, and peppery hops. Very strong, hot bourbon finish with a hint of sweet black licorice. Very good stuff. However, I think this one is a little young unless you love bourbon. I have a few more of these that I will cellar. I suspect this will get even better with age.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark chocolate head. Awesome banana caramel roasted vanilla nose. Strong alcohol all the way through. Hits you in the first sip. A strong roasted dark malty mess of a drink. Bitter, coffee. Like if you mixed a pot full of maple syrup and put in a week old cup of coffee throw in some booze. Somehow that sounds terrible, but it is actually quite good. Try it.