Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a big thick dark brown head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle, into my stout glass. Pours very dark, no light seeps through this at all. Small tan head, that doesnít last long. Strong bourbon aroma. Very thick mouth feel, some hoppiness that fades quickly, to a bourbon, vanilla, coffee finish with a warming sensation from the alcohol as it lingers. Very enjoyable.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown/black hue with a halo of a tan/brown head. Aromas of a light bourban oak follwed bu vanilla and a little espresso. Dark chocolate is present yet not over-powering. Soy sauce, as with most stouts is there as well. Thick mouthfeel with a nice initial hop bitterness. Flavors, again, of chocolate, coffee, smooth vanilla. wow. very nice. This bottle is about a year old and the bourbon seems to have faded a little, as itís not as fierce as some whiskey aged brew. Very nice
1FastSTi (3217) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Bottled on 081605. Pours to a black body with a fizzy dark brown head that disapates quickly to a ring around the glass. Lacing is non-existent or really hard to get. The aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon, charred wood, butter, cherries. I like the charred woody aroma. The flavor is a smoky vanilla with lots of sweet malts, noticeable warming. Charred oak. There isnít a lot of bourbon flavors, but strong malts are detected. The alcohol flavor isnít noticeable, but the the warming surely is. Very creamy. A good bitterness. This is a good beer, but I think itís a bit over-hyped. 8/3/8/4/16 = 3.9
I was able to sample a white labeled version of this beer that only had BCS 1402 printed on it. This bottle was per Todd, the non-rater beer buy. Thanks Todd! This edition/vintage was much better. It pours to a dark brown head atop a dark brown/black body. The aroma is hugely bourbon and malty chocolate, vanilla. More blended and smooth. The flavor is very rich and malty with chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. More balanced than the 2005 version. I also got to try a 2004 version and it was better than the 2005 version. I recommend cellaring this for a couple years before drinking the first one. 8/5/9/4/17 = 4.3
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, thanks to santa for this one. pours black with a huge brown creamy head. aroma is whiskey smokey oak taste is oak vanilla, molasses, it is smokey with a light alcohol warming at the end there is so much going on in this it is simply amazing.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Lasting milk chocolate colored head on a black, thick, body. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, toasted breakfast cereal, hints of almond, and alcohol! Very little bits of oaky wood and vanilla, but they add to complexity! Alcohol becomes stronger as it warms. Hints of dried, smokey, cherry wood as well add to the fruitiness. Flavor is well balanced, whiskey like, and finishes a bit on the sweet, alcoholic side. Chocolate, vanilla, caramelize sugar round out the middle. Roasty flavors finish things out in the semi sweet finish and aftertaste. Low carbonation, smooth, rich, full, body, and very warming alcohol in this one. I think a bit better than Great Lakes barrel aged stout due to less dominant whiskey character, but could also use some age to mellow! Very good now though!
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Bottle. Black colour with a small baige head. Light roasted, smoked, coconut, caramel, wood aroma and a sweet coconut, chocolat, wood, smoked taste. medium to full body and a long great light sweet finish.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 From a 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 081605. Poured in to a Duvel glass. Pours used motor oil black, and almost as thick. Very pretty brown head formed, but faded quickly. Bourbon, oak, vanilla are all present as advertised. I get some dark cherry notes. Man this beer is gonna kick my ass. This beer has tons of body for as much alcohol thatís in it. Each drink comes with the burn of a shot of bourbon. Iím guessing that it is still pretty green, so in six month or a year. Iím going to be a very happy man.
joergen (18815) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottled, thanks to Renť for sharing.
Black coloured with a small beige head.
Roasted aroma of coffee and wood with notes of vanilla and hops.
Roasted flavour of wood, dried fruits and vanilla.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
January 2005 bottle sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana beer club. I remember having the first version of this and not being overly impressed, and then the January 05 bottle blew me away. They had the most recent version on tap at the Goose Island Barrel Aged Festival, but I didnít want to waste a precious ticket. So the rating is from the 1/05 vintage. This reminds me a lot of Barley Johnís Dark Knight. The bourbon notes are a bit overwhelming, but beneath it all is a well made stout. The nose is vanilla, spice, and chocolate, the palate features all of those with the addition of butter and cream, toffee, caramel, and then some hops and roasted notes. Great finish. (#25 of the ever-changing Top 50 for me.)