Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Jay23 for this one
2007 Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a tan colored head that turns to a nice ring around the glass. All this on top of a jet black body
Aromas of vanilla roasted malts, bourbon, and a slight oak note as well
Flavors are bourbon, sweet roasted malts, vanilla caramel and a hint of black licorice. Great flavors almost no bitters but the alcohol heat keeps the sweetness in check. Sips extremely well, smooth is a good word for it thick and oily in the mouth
Again drinkable would not be the word I would associate with this one, sipping is a must .one of the ultimate desert beers I have had so far. A great night cap and should be enjoyed as such
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch with a brown head. Aroma is huge, big dark fruit, licorice, rye bread, chocolate, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is massive, huge chocolate malt profile, licorice, chocolate, lemongrass, tobacco, a significant alcohol note, peat, and topsoil. Nice, though bordering on "too big". I would like to try a 4/5ths version of this recipe. Sharp hop finish, almost hot. Nice craftsmanship. Thanks, Kan.
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [<a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=_new> Courtesy of kmweaver]. Clear dark brown black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, some alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is almost full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft - flat, finish feel is light alcoholi. Very very nice ;o)) (070408)
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good stuff, fun to sip from the snifter. Thanks to my bro for sending this gem a while back. Pours a thick and oily black with thin, light brown head. Very malty nose with molasses and chocolate, touches of sweet whiskey. Mildly sweet and roasty-bitter flavor, oily mouthfeel going dry. Lasting bitter-chocolate aftertaste with slightly smoky backdrop.
garthicus (2808) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle, shared with and thanks to HogTownHarry (as always!!!) Appearance: Oily, pitch black, no head. Aroma: Toasty aroma, figs and alcohol, nutmeg too. Flavour: A pinball machine effect on my tongue! Alcohol and chocolate and espresso and more chocolate! So silky, so creamy yet such an acidic alcohol finish PHEW! My face is burning!! Thanks Harry!
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one bottled at our Kentucky Derby party 2008, and a big thanks to Arnie for the four-pack!! Impossibly dark brown pour, completely opaque, with a thick but rapidly dissipating medium brown head. Possibly the darkest head ever. Also, possibly the more intense nose. Dark chocolate malts, apricot and plum, combined with merlot in the nose. Very potent flavor too, but extremely smooth. Fine bitter chocolate, raisin, cocoa powder, sweet strong coffee with a fine, high-proof bourbon note tying it all together. Very, very strong alcohol presence in the finish. Very sippable, but not highly drinkable. I don’t typically care for beers this intense and strong, and while this one did not disappoint, I am not a huge fan of this style. I do appreciate the sentiment, though.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours black as dirty engine oil. Pretty thick. Bubbly brown head. Aroma is hella powerful. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and silky. Sweetness balances the alcohol. Holy crap this is good.
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 from the bottle. Rating #100. Pours a very pretty pitch black with a thin but creamy tan head. The the bourbon notes in the aroma are pretty intense, but pair nicely with the chocolate and coffee present. Also some charred oaky notes. The flavor is also excellent. Lots of bourbon up front, followed by vanilla, molasses, burnt malts, coffee, chocolate and smoke. The mouthfeel is perfect. Simple as that. Although bourbon infused beer is not exactly my cup of tea, this is a fantastic beer.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage dated 1/5/05
Pours oily black and viscous, with not a trace of a head that developes even with an exagerated pour.
Almost perfectly opaque, with the exeption being the very edge of the body shimmering a crimson-mahogany hue.
The first whiff has a surprising buisuity note, followed by bourbon, chocolate syrup, and cocoa-dusted espresso beans.
Further aromatics reveal a slight oaky woodiness, brownie batter, whisky, and shades of kahlua, vanilla, and leather.
Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Carbonation is extremely mild and barely a notch above a cask ale.
The pallet delivers big time. Rich and luscious, with a dark chocolate backbone and a bourbon-steeped espresso exterior.
The bourbon is complementary to the essence of the brew, and a testament to the art of blending barrels. Alcohol is warming at 11%, but the sheer tastiness of the beer keeps you coming back quickly. Finishes with lingering bakers chocolate, kona roast, and malt whiskey.
I can only speculate that this example has become perfectly balanced in it two years in the cellar.
Big thanks to weefishheads for this treat.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE: 2007. Room temp, snifter. Pours very black with hardly any head (I guess I can’t pour very well), but a slight tan thin head, minimal/no lacing. Aroma is definite alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is oh so sweet, delicate, smooth, and not at all over powering with alcohol. Palate is a little weak and doesn’t do much, not very lively and a short finish. Dang, I wish the palate was better and this would be supreme. I’ll have to get a few more to see if this just started losing its carbonation or something. Otherwise, fantastic-ly complex and smooth.