Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a black body topped by a thin, brown head wtih a little lacing. It’s sweet and full of vanilla and bourbon notes as well as a slight hint of roast. The bourbon notes are overpowering and take away from the stout flavor istead of complimenting it. Full bodied, smooth and warming.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 12oz bottle. Pours a very oily looking, jet black. A dark and runny lacing after a minimal chocolate head disappears very quickly. A very strong aroma, I can smell it from at least an arms length away. Lots of vanilla and bourbon. More sweet than roasty although its still present. Woody/oak, dark chocolate caramel, and a mellow fruit background. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is very slick, oily, and smooth with a medium feel. Taste is incredible. Immediate abundance of flavor including chocolate, sweet caramel malts, oak and bourbon casting, and a vanilla backing. The middle kicks in with a very balancing bitterness and a sweet, mellow fruitiness resembling prunes. It finishes incredibly balanced and easy, drying very slowly throughout the aftertaste. Leaves a nice lingering bitterness and a delightful alcohol warmth unlike any beer Iíve had. VERY warming. Overall, this is a fantastic imp. stout. I would love to compare this to Bells Expedition. Great balance, love the bourbon oak smell/taste, fantastic finishing quality. Its a real temptress.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours pitch black with a thin chocolate looking head. Aroma is amazing. Bourbon, chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, and did I mention bourbon? Has a very dense and heavy mouthfeel with some carbonation. Flavor is just what the doctor ordered. Hot bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted coffee, and alcohol. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. This is an over the top, bourbon in your face brew. This is what makes it one of my favorites. Its also its biggest weakness. I really like the over the top bourbon, but enjoy a more balanced bourbon flavor even more.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a small dark tan head. Aroma is malty with dark chocolate and oak coming through. There is a big malt vanilla flavor as well with a big warming finish. Good stuff.
KimJohansen (10406) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, coffee nougat and warming alcohol towards the end.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Aromatherapy. And if that doesnít help, thereís always self-medication... Aroma: Wow. Booze, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel. Itís all here, distinguishable and enjoyable separately. Appearance: Dark, dark brown, opaque except at its thinnest points. Essentially no head, some tan bubbles. Flavor: Caramel, booze, and vanilla, the roast malts and occasional dark fruit sweetness sparkling though. Finishes bittersweet like port. Palate: Thick and smooth, with plenty of alcohol warming. Sips better than most whiskey, but not at all drinkable.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Big up’s to GMCC2181 for sharing. Poured dark brown with very thin tan head. Beautiful aroma of vanilla, roasted coffee, dark fruits, and strong bourbon smell. Taste is very strong alcohol, coffee, and smoke. Finish is exactly like bourbon, but not overpowering. A nice brew to sip on.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Many thanks to DolleWaitor!! A very dark brown beer withalmost no head. Aromas of sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, warming alcohol, subtle smoke, wood, cherry and coffee. Flavours of sweet fruit, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla and malty sweetness. Truly a sipper!
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to KingpinIPA. Wonderful aroma of dried prunes, sweet cherry, dates, vanilla. Great thick mouthfeel. Tastes of prunes, dark fruit, carmel, vanilla and bourbon. Finish gives a really nice alcohol warmth. I really liked this one.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet smokey aroma - virtually no head and I poured it pretty hard- First sip threw me hard with a strong licorice and dark fruit kick. Aftertaste is kinda bourbon smoke. not a bad brew -very strong ABV at 13% and you can taste it. I think the dark fruit might be a bit too strong for my taste.