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 canít 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 doesnít do much, not very lively and a short finish. Dang, I wish the palate was better and this would be supreme. Iíll have to get a few more to see if this just started losing its carbonation or something. Otherwise, fantastic-ly complex and smooth.
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2007. Pours a syrupy motor oil black with no head. Aroma is sweet and rich, with a complex blend of smoke, caramel, molasses, vanilla, tobacco, roasted malt, anise, and a bourbon-like booziness. Taste is full and rich, with an initial taste of vanilla, smoke, and roasted malt giving way to a long, sweet warming finish of anise, caramel, tobacco, and molasses; even at 13% ABV, the alcohol is barely noticeable among the rest of it. A marvelous stout thatís rich and full, but not overwhelming.
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a dusky rose hue around the edge. Aroma is intensely vanilla, smoke, chocolate, and even raspberry.
Flavor itself has a piercing boozy, corn-like bite that has pronounced notes of whiskey, peat, and molasses. The finish is long, full, and yields nuances undetectable on the initial taste with a smokey and earthy quality like mellow tobacco.
Definitely a sipping beer, it may be one of the few beers that can be paired with a blue cheese - perhaps a Stilton or Bayley Hazen.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours dirty car oil, tan head: looks really dirty and oily. Aroma is anise, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, pine. Flavor the same with bourbon and the body is very oily. Nice coffee/vanilla/roasted nuts finish. Intense but I still prefer Founders Kentucky Breakfast Bourbon Aged Stout (what a beer!)
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 Bottle from Holdenn, The_Epeeist or drewbeerme. Thanks from all of you!
?07 Bottle. Pours dark, dark black and oily with a short lived tan head in a snifter. Smell is bourbon, oak, then sweet roasty malt. A fair amount of bourbon in the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste is oily bourbon woodiness, then bittersweet chocolately roast. Balanced well, leaning towards a touch more bourbon than most bourbon beers I?ve had. Very light alcohol in the flavor for 13%, but a slight bit warming. Rich oily mouthfeel and light, but softly prickling carbonation. This is damn good.
On rerate itís very bourbony in the smell and and taste too. Too much so, in fact, but it is still enjoyable in sips. Pretty one dimensional actually and this dropped a lot from what I initially thought of it years ago. The booze is hidden well, but it is just not that drinkable to me, as the intense bourbon flavor makes it almost too vanilla like and sweet to be something I seek out again.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black pour with a thin beige tan head. Smell is oaky and roasted malt with a nice bourbon character in there. Great flavor of roasted chocolate and a nice smooth aged bourbon. Very enjoyable. Creamy smooth thick mouthfeel. Really drinkable and flavorful. I really enjoyed it.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle sampled at Chicago Whiskey Fest 2008. Very thick black pour with sparse tan head. Lots of big aromas including bourbon, sweet caramel, licorice, vanilla, a touch of soy from age. A sip takes over the tongue with the same flavors flooding the palate. I previously had not enjoyed this beer much... foolish of me tos ay the least.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with nearly no head. The aroma was thick and sweet, like a Sam Adams tripel bock, and a touch of coconut. Taste is sweet, smokey with a thick molasses flavor. Itís a very thick beer.
bp (823) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours pitch black with a just a ring of tan head around the side of the glass, aroma is heavy on the bourbon - in fact, that is all I smell, taste is also very strong on the bourbon up front, then some roasted malts come through in the finish along with some chocolate. I think the bourbon is a little too much for me as Iím not a hard liqour drinker. Regardless, this is a well made brew.