hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 2007 bottle (thanks to those of you who have sent me a bottle or five in the past year). blackest colored viscous pour iíve seen in a while. itís topped with a tiny tan head that i worked vigorously for. very robust aroma that i could smell from across the room... definite bourbon, sugar cane, wood, vanilla, chocolate, charcoal, tobacco and booze. very rich and complex. the flavor.... not so much. bourbon burn and sweetness dominate over any beer that may have been in here. there are nuances but they are hard to get at... rich roasty grain, chocolate, vanilla and a light salty element. itís not bad just really hot. it finishes with lots of booze and barrel flavors before the alcohol starts penetrating through my skin. full bodied with a very creamy mouth feel. this needs some time to mellow. good thing iíve got so many!...
vertical tasting on 12/19/10...
í03 surprisingly good... peppery and molasses but it starts falling apart after ten minutes.
í05 is dead.soy mess.
06,07,08,09 are just mediocre and the same.
vanilla kicks all dem asses
nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Powerful scent of sweet bourbon in the nose, overpowers the stout aspect of the scent (toast, wood, smoke). Pours dark and rich. The taste is a good example of the genre: roasted malts and chocolate but lots of bourbon and woody sweetness. Complex taste with stuff I couldnít place. A great example of the genre, but itís extremely sweet, almost cloying and personally I found it hard to get through 12 ounces. Maybe better as a dessert beer to have just ~2 ounces of.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If you like bourbon and stouts, hands down this is your beer. This brew has a strong bourbon aroma that overpowers any other scent that might have come from your glass. The flavor is a mix of a sweet bourbon with roasted malts. There is just a touch of bitterness, which is perfect, and overall the palate is much cleaner than i anticipated.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Color is pitch black. No head, despite my best effort with a vigorous pour. Very creamy out of the bottle. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, smoked wood. Palate is unbelievable smooth and silky. Truly a treat for the senses. Flavor is a wonderful mix of rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee. Hot warming alcohol is present, but it definitely doesnít detract from the total package. Really tasty treat, would love to stash a few of these in the cellar for a few years.
dchmela (2740) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
07 bottle courtesy Boboski. #400!!!!! Pours thick and black with thin tan head. Roasted grain, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and tobacco all find its way in to my senses from the aroma. Thick body. Chocolate malt, vanilla, roasted grain, caramel, and subdued hops all come through in the taste. Absolutely beautifully balanced aperitif like taste. So smooth that you donít notice the alcohol until its too late. Awesome.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 a nice 10W30 from greg hall!. aroma is of strong wood and booze. flavor is the same, with an indefinable that nears smoke. the mouthfeel was amazing, truly coated everything available to its silky goodness. the fact that i could even tolerate a beer this strong is a tribute to how amazing it is. furthermore, i would drink it again!
BrewDad (5090) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle - Trade - Pantanap
Aroma Ė Huge bourbon aroma with the deep dark malts. Tons of aromas.
Appearance Ė Dark black in color, no head and clear.
Flavor Ė One of the best Bourbon ales I have ever had The beer was flawless. Had flavor to give and was not overpowering. The rich malts and the deep oak flavors where awesome.
Palate Ė Nice Mouthfeel, Great texture with a super dry finish.
Overall Ė One of the best beers I have ever had thus far. The beer was the nectar of the gods. Great stuff I will seek this beer to the ends of the earth.
bierkoning (10794) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle, 13,1%. Almost black, opague. Roasted malt aroma, indeed with the aroma of bourbon barrels. Full bodied, thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Roasted malt in the flavor with licorice, laurel and burning alcohol. The taste of bourbon is noticeable throughout the stout. Wood and red berries. Sweet but delicious and complex beer, with an astonishing aroma and flavor and a long lasting finish.
mcox90 (1634) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz. bottle. Kudos to both Acknud & BBB63 for sending me a bottle of this magic elixer. Pours a deep black with a very small brown head. Nose is semi sweet molasses & alcohol. A subtle brew it is not. Mouthfeel is smooth, but heavy & warm. Almost like brandy or port. Taste is a complex mix of molasses, Semi sweet chocolate, a ton of malt, dark wet earth & of coarse bourbon. Makers Mark, Jack Daniels, doesnít matter, take your pick. The liquid version of walking down a country road at midnight.
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 2006 vintage (bottled 7/3/06). (also my 100th rating). Geez, this poured pitch black with the consistency of motor oil. Just wow. Dark as night with an almost non-existent tan head. Gorgeous. The aroma is wonderful with chocolate, vanilla with a not overwhelming presence of bourbon. I tried a 2007 bottle a few weeks ago and the bourbon was much more pronounced. Letting it sit for almost two years has definitely calmed it down for what I feel is the better. It definitely becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Flavor has the same components of vanilla, chocolate, smokiness, bourbon, a sticky caramel. Itís so much. This stuff is as smooth as silk to drink too. Slight alcohol burn in the finish, but just wow. Canít wait to let the remaining bottles I have left to age a bit more for drinking.