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 (6653) - 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 (1117) - 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.
trymall (2) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! That was the only beer I had that night - it was huge. Plenty of vanilla, esspresso and bourbon to please the senses. Just opening the bottle gave me pause as sweet aromas saturated the air, cloaking me in an unexpected euphoria. What a treat. I will have to try more bourdon aged beer.
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley for $4.99. By the way, if you are in the Bay Area, go there. Wow. This is a seriously good beer. It pours pitch black and oily with a very thin head but nice lacing. The sweet aroma has brown sugar, nuts, vanilla, some wood, and a hint of alcohol. The palate is exceedingly smooth, full, and creamy with little carbonation. The flavor really makes sense following the aromas, which I cant say for very many beers. It complements the aromas. There is a stronger presence of coffee than I had imagined, but also wood, caramel, chocolate, and of course the motif of bourbon. The alcohol is a little more noticeable in the flavor than in the nose, but still belies the 13 percent a.b.v. unlike in most barley wine style beers. I definitely get nice smooth notes of bourbon that really enhance the beer. I feel like there could be slightly more carbonation and more head, but the palate is excellent on this beer. Overall this beer is balanced and great for drinking on a rainy winter day such as this one.
Reid (2300) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 12 oz single bought in Salem Oregon $4.50 a bottle.
Great brown sugar,espresso coffee, vanilla and wood aromas
vVery dark brown almost black beer, creamy light brown head.
Flavour is similar to the aroma, but more alcoholic.Bourbon really shows.
The mouthfeel is the greatest thing about this beer,thick,silky ,creamy like a good quality milk shake!
Good beer indeed.
But i prefered Full Sails Bourbon Barrel beers better.
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oj oj oj... Mycket av allt, minst sagt. Kolsvart, litet ljusbrunt skum som strax löses upp och försvinner. Inte mycket kolsyra vad det verkar. Doften är kraftig men svårbestämd. Lite kaffe och choklad, javisst, men mest julfrukter som dadlar och liknande. Samichlaus är vad jag i första hand tänker på. Sen smaken, den fyller hela munnen. Först en lätt syrighet, en lite brännande känsla av alkohol, därefter vanilj, rök, allehanda kryddor, kaffe och säkert mycket annat. När jag sväljer infinner sig en liten beska och när den klingar av malt av rostningsgraderna karamell och svart samt lite rök. Väldigt speciell, mycket god men en i månaden är nog och mer än så.
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Unbelievable. If I can find a better stout than this, I am going to marry it. Pours a beautiful deep chocolate/coffee hue with a thick, creamy canvas colored head. Nose full of caramel, coffee, toffee, toast, whisky, oak, and a hint of smoke for character. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, licorice, floral bourbon, caramel, and toffee all balanced for a gorgeous, full-bodied beer. Sorry Rochefort 10, there is another woman in the relationship...