ChainGangGuy (4399) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a large, lush dark tan head.
Smell: Intense aroma of chocolate-covered coffee beans and bourbon, with all the companion hints of vanilla, wood, and dark brown sugar. Light whiff of smoke.
Taste: Dark maltiness with chocolate, sweetened coffee, and dark caramel. Plenty of complimentary sweetness to go around. A bourbon flavor so exquisite, itís hard not to get excited about it. At this level, you get astoundingly distinct, robust flavors of vanilla beans, brown sugar, and charred oak. Anymore bourbon would turn this beer into an abomination of beerkind. The beer gets very chocolatey near the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, delectable mouthfeel. Warming alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Very good! The first sip was a joy, as was the last.
TheNeil (12) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice beer, very little head lots of vicosity and the finish will stay with you for a bit. Anise and deeply roasted malts in the nose that repeat when you taste it. Save this beer for dessert beacause if you drink it too early in the night it will be the last thing you taste.
cheech1006 (2) - USA - DEC 24, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours with very little head. The beer is pretty opaque, but if you look very closely there are very tiny bubbles. I get mostly bourbon and licorice aroma. Thick and creamy mouth feel. Flavor is powerful and lingering. The barrel taste is prominent, but this sure ainít a glass of whisky. Very enjoyable.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with very minimal chocolate milk head that only shows cause of an extremely aggressive pour. Mild in the nose, chocolate, oak, a little bourbon. Taste is as it smells with a little smokey flavor and a little more bourbon but not boozey. Full in the mouth and only to be sipped slowly.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Vintage, reviewed early 2006:
Very dark brown to black in color with a dark tan colored head that quickly dissipated leaving nothing more than a few islands of carbonation in the glass, no lacing. Initial smell was a bit disappointing but as this one warmed it got vastly better and I found chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and of course coffee aromas. Others have said how much the bourbon stands out, to me it was definately present, but I found the chocolate and coffee flavors to be much more dominant and much to my delight. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with low carbonation, just how I think it should be. Iím stuck on where to rate this for drinkability; it was very enjoyable throughout, but it is a sipper. This is not one you would expect to have a few of, but every moment of it is enjoyable, so I think a "4" is fair here. Wonderful beer and will get more before itís gone.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 22, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well unlike the rater below, I found Dogfish World Wide to be much more cloying and unstoutlike. This one pours like others have described, and the aroma was as good as it gets. With another year or two in the cellar, Iíd expect the heat to fade just a bit and allow the flavors to combine with the already fantastic aroma to really sweep one off oneís feet.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I compare this to similar beers and donít find that it holds up. It is most similar to Dogfish Head WWS and Southern Tier Jah*va, both of which are more complex, less cloying and have more "stoutlike" qualities. The WWS is a great after dinner apertif served in a small snifter and the Jah*va is just a great beer. This is way too sweet to be called a stout.
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Bottle from pepsican, thanks for the awesome beer. Also need to send a shout out to drewbeerme, who sent me some also so I could age them. Poured an inky black color with a fine tan head that dissolves into a ring. Good aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, along with some chocolate and coffee. Slight bourbon tingle greets the tongue upon entering the mouth, leading into a sweet, malty middle with strong flavors of chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla and oak, and finishes with a smooth bourbon taste. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a slight tingle from the bourbon. Definitely a great beer, I canít wait to see what some age does to it. Thanks again Pepsi!
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep brown with thin, tight, caramel colored head. Nose is complex with chocolate, earth, and alcohol. Flavor is equally complex, but the bourbon stands out stronger than in the nose, and the earthy complexities are very strong. Very good brew.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is as dark as it gets. No light gets through this one. Huge aroma of bourbon and cocnout. Taste is of sweet malt, vanilla, with a bitter and warming finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy with no head, just an initial fleeting brown skin.