crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to MikeTD. Black as night pour, no head. Aroma is bourbon all the way. Flavor is bourbon huge, still getting my coconut bourbon taste. Just an onslaught of bourbon very unbalanced. The chocolate and roasted barley are there as it warms but the flavor is very limited. Just a one-dimensional bourbon aged beer.
jbird73 (10) - orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
combination of choclate and bourbon to the nose hits me first then, very dark with a slight tan head. the bourbon flavor tends to dominate the palate.an interesting finish though
Theis (13559) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle # 081605 Batch 1247 (Sune). Black beige head. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, coffee, chokolate, soft and smooth mouthfeeling, raisins, burned, schwartzbrot. Light sharp finish (Alcho-burn) Faboulos !!!!!!!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle from iowaherkeye. Initially it looks like it’s flat and has no head, but upon closer inspection you see tiny microbubbles of carbonation forcing their way through the thick as mud liquid. Glass feels heavy when filled with this monster too. Bourbon is clearly evident on the first whiff after opening the bottle. Smelled from the glass some nice oak highlights, combined with chocolate, bourbon, maltiness, and a hint of oxidation. First sip is great. Lots of flavor, some alchohol burn, plenty of sweetess. Tons of body. A very tasty sipper. Certainly best with cheese. Maybe I should give it a 4.2? Nah. Mostly because drinkability is slightly lower. A great and interesting beer though.
EithCubes (5016) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My rating no. 1360, bottle obtained from porterhouse - thanks, Kevin! Bottled 8/16/05, drunk 9/30/07, fill line is high, right up on the crown. OMG huuuuge syrupy, medicinal chocolate and bourbon nose, loads and loads of non-roasted malt filling the room. Lesser notes of vanilla and wood, a touch of soy with some alcohol leaking in. Bourbon tends to dominate the other notes. Silky, soul-sucking black pour, opaque pitch resting body with a lacing, rocky, and tiny-bubbled dark brown head - gorgeous, dense stuff! Flavors only intensify with warmth. Taste is fat malt and predominately sweet bourbon, light wood to compliment and vanilla that sticks to the teeth and gums. Chocolate and light notes of roast. Touch of sweet burn (as the charred innards of a barrel might taste). Obesely thick body, very smooth, syrupy with slight pricking in the beginning and at the end. A long, really pleasant warming that settles in and wraps around you like a familiar blanket. I suppose this goes under ’straightforward’ rather than ’complex’, but the designation’s not used pejoratively. Definitely a sipper (a bit of a kick to the face at times). Rich, relaxing, and - most importantly - a lot of fun!
Have to wonder if the roast was much stronger when this was fresh and just died over the last two years, or if this is the finished version.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Bottle at Chris_O’s HogTownHarry minifest. Thanks to Harry. Thick opaque black with a slim tan head. Aroma of bourbon, peat. malt and sweet caramel notes. Flavour is more of the same but once in the mouth the bourbon becomes a little too much for me. Just a little less and it really could be excellent. Lovely tangy malt but it is all overshadowed by all the bourbon. Still a mighty fine beer though.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Chris O’s, again, courtesy of Mr Hogtown. Deepest, dark brown with a malty head and an oily pour. Bourbon is quite apparent in both the taste and aroma, would be at home in a flask, lol. Woody bourbon, malt, coffee and a touch of smoke in the nose. Sweet roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, liquorice, yeast, caramel and cocoa in the flavour with a bourbon burn on the way down. Lush creamy mouthfeel, one to kick back and unwind with. Harry, what can I say really, you came through in a big way!
GregClow (2902) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1900! Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. Bottled 071406. Pours a ridiculously dark and inky black, with an oil-like body and a large brown head that quickly disappears. Warm - no, make that hot - aroma of bourbon, with background notes of coffee, wood and smoke. Thick-as-hell mouthfeel. Flavour - oh yeah, this is good - lots of vanilla and oak, some molasses, caramel, coffee, chocolate... mmmmm. The booziness gets a little overpowering as it warms up, but it just tastes so damn good. Thanks, Harry. Onward to 2000!
Ibrew2or3 (6995) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Huge thanks to boboski for this bottle of liquid glory.
12oz’er bottled on 07/03/06 consumed about a year later. Dark to darkest pour and thin brown head. I usually take in the aroma before a taste but just the look of this beer overcame me and demanded a sip (I’m weak). Cripes! This luscious a taste shouldn’t be legal. OK, back to the aroma. The nose is pretty darn big with some bourbon, wood, rich coffee mixed with sweet molasses, dark chocolate, burnt malts and brownies swimming in a thin layer of alcohol. This elixir sludges across my palate with a thick ponderous mouth feel. The taste is much like aroma with bourbon, oak and alcohol starting off. Then the sweeter notes arrive with molasses, sweetened coffee then hints of caramel and toffee. Into the finish the burnt flavors build into sort of burnt fudge brownies sensation. Wow, the after taste goes on forever. YUMM!
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WooWhoo #800! This beer glubs glubs out of the bottle.Thick and black.Looks like 20 weight.Huge aromas of bourbon, chocolate and coffee and some smokiness.Flavors swirling around of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of smoke.The alcohol was hidden well.The beer had more flavor be pronounced as it warmed.