Hair (3) - Oceanside, North County SD, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2007 I split a bottle with a friend of mine. He did not care for it because he thought it was too alcoholic. After finishing his glass he started rinsing it out. While filling the glass with water, the lacing left on the side of the glass produced a large foamy head. The water was made into a dark red/brown color. "Look, I made another beer."
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2007 A very good example of the barrel-aged style for beer. Pours with a tan head. Aroma is strong coffee, nuts, and a grassy hoppiness. A somewhat bitter taste but not enough to take you off eatin grass. I have found that a "Cohiba"cigar is a good fit.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting stout. Strong bourbon aroma and taste. 11% alcohol packs a wallop. Glad I tried it - unique beer - probably wouldn’t reach for it regularly.
IndianaRed (2186) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2009 Bottle Pours a thick viscous black with a small lasting coacoa colored head. Huge sweet dark roasted aroma with chocolate. bourbon and old wood barrels. Flavor was an exquisite medley of ripe dark pitted fruits, chocolate, a bit of coffee, dark brown sugar and a decent alcohol bite. Slightly fumey. Silky and thick, palate and softly carbonated. Lovely. Thanks Jake.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 Pour is super thick, true viscosity. Dark, dark brown with a nice one-finger tall brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is burned wood, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla and coffee. Alcohol is noted as well. Flavor is much sweeter than I anticipated. Plenty of brown sugar struggling to keep pace with the alcohol that isn’t all that well hidden. I taste the whiskey, I taste the smoke, the coffee all underneath that damned sugary sweetness. Superb, chewy mouthfeel. Hops provide great brakes on this ride. Top notch. I wish they could find a way to back off the sweetness and let the smoke/coffee/bourbon flavors come out and play.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from bgburdman9...thanks. Incredible aroma of mostly vanilla and bourbon. Superb mouthfeel, this one coats the palate like a blanket...flavors of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, coffee/chocolate, and a subtle bourbon invade the taste buds. A superb stout!!! Too bad my girlfriend spilled half the glass on the carpet. What a rookie! Definitely want to get my hands on this again...
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown hinting at a deeper darkness. The aroma is what hits you . . . coffee, whiskey and chocolate in abundance . . . yet it works. This beer is almost too smooth . . . almost oily but not quite. Quite creamy and finishes with hints of vanilla and an alcohol warmth. I would like to put one of these away for a year or two and try it again.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 2006 Bottle.
Pours real nice and thick with no head whatsoever. Smell is incredible. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, with some hints of bourbon/alcohol coming through as well.
This has a myriad of flavors going on in the taste. However, they’re not blended together very well. It’s one after another as they fight for the lead. The flavors are good, but not working well and complimenting as they should. Huge, creamy mouthfeel.
Update: 2007 batch.
This beer is incredible. Much more complex barrel flavor. Very good vanilla, bourbon and oak in the flavor. This batch is everything this beer needs to be. One of my favorite beers right now.
jake65 (2534) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Immense black pour with a small brown head. Nose is complex with bourbon, vanilla, and smokiness. Taste is warming with bourbon notes, roasted malt/chocolate malt, and vanilla. Very smooth and silky, yet warm and cunning. Praise to both pantanap and badbeer for sending this in trade!
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014
2014-02-12, vintage 2008, bottled 10/28/08, 5+ years old, 13% ABV, 7-4-9-4-17=41
It pours a thick black, with barely any head. The aroma is fading; there is some roasted malt, tar, Parmigiano Reggiano; nice but with the first signs of oxidization. Full bodied beer, with round and thick mouthfeel; the mix of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor is excellent; fairly sweet, also because the bitterness is fading away; there is some demerara sugar, leather, wood, a touch of Bourbon, a hint of liquorice, a bit salty indeed.
It’s a very interesting sipper.
2012-12-18, vintage 2008, 4 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-9-5-18=45
It pours a black color, oily, with almost no head. Impressive aroma of firewood and Bourbon, with a peppery finish, and very light phenol. Full bodied, the texture is a bit oily; it has a very rich flavor of dark chocolate, medium sweet, with later hints of coffee and leather; some vanilla as well; the barrel aging adds complexity and alcohol warmth.
Wonderful now; it may not be suitable for longer aging, some oxidization would not fit here.
2011-07-14, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 13% ABV, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Black color; it has not much carbonation, it pours thick and oily, with a small and not persistent brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate first, some vanilla, leather, alcohol, cardboard and light phenol. The body is very strong, with a rather oily mouthfeel; very good dark chocolate flavor, then roasted malt, some tar and liquorice, finally the pleasant Bourbon component; moderate residual sweetness; strong warming feeling from the alcohol; correct bitterness.
2009-11-12, at Monk’s Café, Stockholm, vintage 2007, 2 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-8-4-17=42
Black color; it’s almost flat, with no carbonation, no head. The aroma shows a good mix of Bourbon vanilla, whiskey, roasted malt, paper, cardboard, very light smoke. It has a good body strength; strong chocolate flavor, burning alcohol feeling; well rich; dark caramel, light vanilla, light smoke.
2007-05-23, vintage 2006, 1 year old, 11% ABV, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Black oil, thin head. Intense aroma, very sweet, of vanilla, oak, roasted malt, tar, leather. Full mouthfeel, thick, oily, sweet, malty, with a very nice roasted malt line, some liquorice, cookies, vanilla, dark chocolate. Strong final, with a clear presence of the roasted malt, sugars and vanilla, salty dark chocolate 99% cocoa; toffee and rhubarb; the alcohol starts warming the mouth
Bought for 10$ at New Beer Distributors, NY, it’s a great beer to celebrate Milan victory in the Champions League tonight!