nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to ajm for cracking one of these open to close a night of sampling. Pours like sweet molasses from the bottle with a faint brown head. Loaded with grape playdough and bourbon on the nose with overwhelming amounts of powdered cocoa, coffee, red grapes, and caramel in the flavor to help masque the 13%. A real knockout punch.
roguemonk (9) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Probably my favorite annual offering. Had a mini vertical 2007-2008. Both were different but extremely delicious. Perfection in a glass. Dark chocolate, caramel with wrapped in a beautiful robe of bourbon. A truly inspired beer...Also recently had the Blueberry Bourbon County Stout at the brewpub...Mind expanding!
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Re-rate 10/15: Bottle sample at Arielís farewell tasting at Maxís place. Thanks Ariel. 2014 bottle. Black with some brown foam. Great big aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, cookies, and a boozy note. Sweet flavor with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cookies, caramel, and a boozy note. Full-bodied. Great. 8/4/8/4/16=4
Rating for Monks edition, barrel aged for 5 years: [4/25/15] Bottle sample at a tasting at omhperís place in TyresŲ. Thanks omhper, AndySnow and hackobock for sharing great beers! Black. Great aorma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and some soy sauce. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, lots of vanilla and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied. Great stuff. 8/4/8/4/16=4
Re-rate 2/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmkís place. Thanks avrashi. 2012 bottle. Black with a brown head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and coffee. Sweet flavor. Thick and full-bodied. Lovely. 8/4/8/4/16=4
Re-rate 4/13/10: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Zvika. 2009 bottle. Opaque black with a thin brown foamy film. Burnt aroma of bourbon, alcohol, oak and chocolate. Sweet alcoholic flavor with vanilla, bourbon, hot alcohol, chocolate, plums, dates, honey notes, licorice and wood. Full-bodied. Too hot. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
(10/10/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Clybourn, Chicago. 2008 batch - 13.5% ABV. Black-colored with a brown head. A rather alcoholic aroma with some bourbon, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, wood and smoke notes and dark fruit hints. Sweet flavor with lots of chocolate (pralines), bourbon and a bit of caramel. Lots of alcohol in the flavor. Full thick body. Too much alcohol and quite a bit of bourbon in the flavor but still good even if not too drinkable. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2010 Bottle 3 years old. What can i say a fantastic stout that i adore. Sweet chocolate black body with a tan head. Dark fruit and bourbon dominate this with a big alcohol warming. One of my favorite darkies. 4.5
While I am quite a fan of this beer with some age on it, drinking this beer fresh is basically a chore. Its huge boozy soy and etoh latent notes make it difficult to finish even a 12 oz bottle. 3.3 fresh.
Ave 4.5/3.3 --> 3.9
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweeeet, with lots of caramel and bourbon. The pour is black with a fairly quick dissipating brown head. Flavor is like sweet chocolate. Maybe some candied plums and dark toast and smoke. Alcohol is pretty well disguised behind this tasty complex flavor. The aroma continues to please throughout the enjoyment of this beer. Eventually you *definitely* start to notice the alcohol. Finish is pleasant, some residual carbon and just a hint of stickiness on the sides of the tongue.
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Blacker than black pour with basically no head...small amount of lacing that is tan brown. Aroma is initially sweet and whiskey. Then a little chocolate comes thru as well. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, whiskey and sweet malts. Palate is thick and heavy and the back end the alcohol kicks nicely. This is a very sweet, heavy and powerful. Too sweet for my liking.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 Bottle, 2007 (fresh). Very strong alcohol on the nose. Loads of bourbon taste. Oak a bit heavy for my liking. Vanilla and caramel hints a bit overpowered by it. Mouthfeel is very alcoholic and smoky. Feels like you just left a cigar bar. Still a decent brew that might vastly improve with age. Luckily I picked up two so weíll see when it makes it way out of the cellar.
Bottle 2008 (10/29/08). Midnight black with a slow moving motion. Very thin burnt color head that laces ever so slightly. Strong strong bourbon nose, German chocolate cake (now I want a piece of cake) and some notes of cherry. Maybe I donít need the cake the flavors do the trick. German chocolate cake flavors, coconut bittersweet chocolate, some real nice vanilla flavors too, caramel malts. Really smooth, rich, and warm feel. This beer is strong but very enjoyable. Have a couple more to age a bit.
Bottle 2009 (02/27/2010)
Pours a beautiful jet black with a small disappearing brown head. Body is a bit on the oily side. The aromas are all HOT bourbon and oak. The flavors are rich with bourbon, deep roasted malt, espresso, chocolate. I need to pop an aged one some point to really get the true effect of this brew. Still relatively fresh it it excellent.
11/26/2010. Drinking a fresh 2010 with a 2008. The 2008 has some pretty substantial oxidation, molten caramel, bourbon without the heat, dark chocolate. The 2010 is rich with dark chocolate, hot bourbon, rich flavors.
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2012 Amazing. Delicious... This mammoth stout pours with a black as night, oily, intimidating appearance with a small, dark brown head that forms a short-lived ring around the body. Not much in the way of lacing, but this beer has long, viscuous, sexy legs that cover the glass after each sip. The first scent is a complex, nutty coconut aroma, with vanilla, blackberry jam, molasses, almonds, rich, smooth bourbon and an alcoholic punch. I can hardly find the words to explain the extravagant complexity of the taste. It is delicious, rich, warming, and fulfilling. A strong coconut flavor covers the tongue, complemented by a rummy, sticky, coffee liqueuer and chocolate bourbon-ball delightfulness. I canít use the term "rich" enough here. It is rich, rich, rich- filling and bursting with tongue tingling, warming alcohol. Still, for 13% abv, this is ridiculously easy and fun to drink. A thick, velvety, blanketing mouthfeel overwhelms the senses and finishes strong, bright and delicious with lingering coffee, bourbon, oatmeal and almond notes that stick with the tongue for quite some time to come. This is, so far, the best stout Iíve layed my lips on, and a beer to be enjoyed slowly and lovingly, especially on a cool, cloudy night.
KnutAlbert (6675) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from New Beer Distibutors, NYC.
Pitch black beer.
Lovely bourbon/vanilla aroma. Smooth stout base. Well composed, well balanced, well executed.
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 9, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Ill start by saying that I think my bottle had gone flat since Goose Island insists on using screw top caps for some reason. Nonetheless, the aroma and taste were very sweet and balanced. Strong flavor of alcohol as well. I really enjoyed it.