pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like thick motor oil (not thin motor oil!). Heavy opaque black color. Tan fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Alcohol in the nose, some roasted malt too. Creamy chocolately body, some licorice and definite woody and oaky notes. Bitter like bittersweet chocolate. Whiskey-like aftertaste. Warming alcohol effect in the throad after the swallow. Smooth for sure, but maybe too much alcohol. This is big big beer that should be used like a brandy: for sipping after a meal. Did I mention there is alcohol a-go-go in this one? Grows on you through the glass. Amazing....THANKS ARIANE AND LO!
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely opaque black color with small dark brown/red head that fades quickly to leave a totally headless brew. Aroma is full of burbon, vanilla, cherry, apples, slight caramel sweetness. Flavor is malty, mildly roasty, fair amount of burbon and oak. Finish is balanced, slightly sweet, with fairly evident alcohol. The burbon is very evident in the aroma, not particularly subtle. A good very good brew. A bit over the top, and not quite up to the hype, but good.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours jet black with a nice big, dark tan colored head tinged with red, what unfortunately totally dissipates. Maybe the high abv does this? Aroma is really big and pretty complex. Lots going on here, big notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, a bit of roastiness as well. Flavor is also big, though a bit strong on the bourbon with wet wood, dark chocolate. Finish is a bit burning hot alcohol. I think this could really benefit from the cellar. But I really like it now as well.
oldrtybastrd (3226) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown color. Small tan head head that lasted throughout. Aromas of bourbon and wood. Flavor was a lot of bourbon, hints of smoke, chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Tasted more bourbon than beer. WOW, this is a flavorful beer!!
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black beer with a small brown head. Roasted malty aroma with notes of oak, fruit, some alcohol sweetness and hints of coffee bitterness and chocolate sweetness. Warming alcohol sweet flavor with a light roasted maltyness, lots of oak notes. Dry finish with notes of whiskey. Thank you so much Rene (sk8viking) for sharing this wonderfull beer with me.
WisconsinBeer (695) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This batch was bottled 1/05/05. Used motor oil with no head. Creamy and thick on the palate. The bourbon is there, but only as a nice complement. This is pretty mellow and smooth and nothing in particular about it is overwhelming. Thick and sweet with a hint of bourbon at the end to dry it out. Alcohol is noticably warming. Bittersweet chocolate, big roasted malts and mellow charcoal are the flavors that are most noticable. Nothing wrong with this beer at all.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark/oily like with small to no head.Huge bourbon/alcohol aroma followed buy a malty/sweet aroma.BIG malt flavor ffollowed by a nice bourbon bite.Nice sweet finish.Very good!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and oily, small brown head. Nose strong bourbon, some burnt wood. Flavor strong boubron with a big burn at the end, lots of burnt wood, bit smoky. Some vanilla hangs around. Burns at the end. Some coffee-esque bitterness. Found myself somehwat enjoying it, which was not expected.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with and courtesy of HogTownHarry -- my hero! Pours black as the devilís heart with a small diminishing tan head. Aroma is of, well, bourbon barrels and it smells frigginí great! Thereís also some malt, smoke, alcohol and maybe even some chocolate in there. Hold on Iím going to smell this some more. Oh yeah. To my surprise the flavourís even better! Oh man thatís tasty. Thereís bourbon of course, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some burnt notes, hops, alcohol and more -- itís quite complex. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. A truly unique and flavourful Stout -- fantastic!
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle, via Ughsmash. (makes Homer noise "uh huhuhuhuh!"). Poured thick almost opaque brown-black, large brown diminishing fizzy-foamy head. You can really smell the oak bourbon barrel in the aroma - very sweet and woody, lots of yeast and rich dark roast malt, some hops and smoke - good lord thatís nice. Taste follows on, but thereís vanilla, cream, evergreen needles, blackberry, molasses and winesaps, but mostly that rich, sweet, woody oak and bourbon character, with the alcohol vying successfully for attention. This isnít something youíd drink several pints of - okay, I wouldnít - but itís smooth and relaxing, creamy, thick, syrupy and mildly lively with alcohol and a sweet woody palate. The finish is relatively quick, and while there is hop, alcohol and overroast bitterness here, itís still fairly sweet; and it leaves a very nice aftertaste behind. I loved it, for me itís right up there with the Oak Aged Yeti for me, and a huge shout-out to Ughsmash for sending this one to me.