bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 12oz. Pour is a pitch black with a tan brown head that quickly retreats into a ring. Nose is heavy of oak, giving a whiskey like aroma to the beer. Also has caramel and malt notes. Taste is complex. Lots of malt and dark flavors with a little bit of sour. Also strong oak and a very hearty alcohol taste. Great brew but I simply do not have the tongue for bourbon and oak aged liquor. Still, I can recognize a great brew when it is in front of me.
jefcon (1612) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bourbon notes are heavy on this aged beer, but it also has sufficient malt backing and alcohol to stand up to the barrel treatment. Chocolaty, bourbony and very warm. The palate is really impressive, as this stout glides over the tongue and leaves long, delicious flavors without coating. Impossible to not savor this great beer.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 12 oz. bottle shared with Nick and DuffmanSW. Virtually no head. This stuff is viscous like bubbling burnt motor oil. The surface kind of quivers. Amazing nose of chocolate, bourbon, oak, alcohol and toffee. Flavor is oaky vanilla, burnt fruit, dark chocolate, and warm alcohol with lingering hints of caramel and fudge. Very port-like. Smooth on the tongue, sticky and cough syrup thick. Captivating, one of my new favorite beers.
UPDATE: Over time Iíve realized that I need to take a couple points away because the palate is really just too thick and oily. Still fantastic, but the honeymoon is over.
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Black, thin tan head. Spicy oaky, thick tannic oily Bourbon aroma. Not quite as thick as I expected. Didnt blow me away in the way I expected. Bourbon on aroma. Its just hollow in the mouth. Quite disappointed actually. Decent Bourbon but just dies. Oddly disappointing, but Phil l thinks that I may have had a bad bottle. Didnt taste off, but the body just disappeared.
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom for this very nice beer. Vintage 2006 enjoyed December 2008. It is pitch black and it has practically no head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon, it is very well balanced. The flavour has sweetness and a slightly roasted bitterness, notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, cocoa, caramel, light dark fruit, licorice and bourbon. The alcohol is well hidden, and the body is full, and it is a smooth and harmonic stout.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An awesome beer on tap at the Malt House in Madison, another Ive been waiting a while to try. Pours a thick thick black colour with a very little brown head. We are talking motor oil thick. On the nose it is strong of oak, smoke, chocolate, burned coffee beans and toast. Taste is rich, incredibly flavourful with notes of all things previously listed. A pleasent treat with a wicked ABV, i thought it was 13% actually. One of the best stouts ive had in a while.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours deep black and viscous. Motor oil with a thin brown head. Simply the most intimating beer I have ever seen. Aroma is coffee and rich chocolate. Surprisingly light on the palate but with tons of flavor. Coffee stands out, but certainly fruit notes as well. 13% alcohol completely hidden in flavor but I definitely felt the effects. A truly impressive beer.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich! Syrupy, Thick, Dark brown thin head.
strong licorice flavour up front. Of course Bourbon flavors. Not quite like anything Ive had that i remember. Some vanilla, Carmel.
This stuff is something else. Thanks Steve for bringing up a bottle from great Hollingshead! for Christmas!
Great Pre Christmas Dinner snifter sipper.
Serving type bottle
larsniclas (6607) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Very brief head.
Vinous aroma. Loads of oak, vanilla and some sweet berry.
Thick and oily palate.
Strong alco-feel. Pretty sweetish with fruity notes. Tar and licorice. Extremely many flavours.
dogfish120love (1114) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour is black with a dark brown head. The aroma is rich in the smell of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and caramel. Thee taste taste is out of this world, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, a little smokey and a woody or bourbon/whiskey flavor.