drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Beautiful black body with a thin tannish head. Strong aroma of bourbon. Taste is strongly of bourbon and chocolate, and oh so smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety. Bourbon and Chocolate, a beautifully comfortable beer.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous black color with a thin and fizzy dark brown head that vanishes quickly. Roasted malt and bourbon in the nose. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with roasted malt and sweet caramel flavors offset by the bourbon. Very warming from beginning to end. The finish is chocolatey with a smokey flourish. Easily the best Goose Island beer I have tried.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black Coloring with Tan Ring. Bourbon Chocolate Malt Nose. HUGE Bourbon Hit on the Tongue. Hard to Discern What Else Lies Beneath. Nice Malt, Chocoalte and Vanilla Underlay. The Vanilla Laces the Bourbon Flavor and Keeps You From Losing Sanity. Itís Definitly More of a Bourbon Flavored Beer Than a Bourbon Aged One. This one Goads You To Try, Try Again.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! You can smell this one across the room. Wonderful aromas of chocolatey malt, charcoal/smoke and vanilla. Appearance is very dark with a pretty substantial brown head. Itís a darn good stout, too. Malt really dominates the flavor up front. It slowly gives way to a rich chocolate/vanilla bean flavor. It packs a little alcoholic heat towards the end of each sip that is pretty nice for this time of December.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Bottle from Kevin... and Santa
Pours a rich black, thick like melted chocolate. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and some cookie. First sip: Like a glass of bourbon and chocolate. Rush of alcohol immediately, but it quiets down nicely so as not to be too overbearing. Flavors of oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a tinge of cherry. Palate is thick and slippery; slides down the gullet beautifully. This is one GOOD beer! Oh holy Lord, this a good, good, goooooood beer!
Maddog (368) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big, bad, meaty stout. Pours opaque with a dark tan head with a powerful aroma of roasted malt. But the power, complexity and flavor of this stout sets it apart. The roasted malt is complimented by a strong oak presence and hints of bourbon. A gorgeous beer with power and alcohol. Love this one.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Motor oil pour with a thin brown head. Musky, milky dark caramel and roast malt aroma with some vanilla and leather. Strong bourbon flavor with some oak, char and multi-vitamin. Alcohol in the sinus. Finishes with some burn. Pretty good.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with no head. Aroma was an intersting hit of bourbon. Most bourbon beers smell like theyíve been aged in the barrel, but this is more like it had bourbon added to it. The corn profile of the bourbon really comes through. Some vanilla traces from the barrel. The taste keeps up the game and smacks you upfront with straight bourbon. Large malt base with not as many hops as Iíd expect. Different than what I was expecting, but tasty.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Pours an inky black that allows absolutely no light through with a one finger head that fades to a nice ring, and leaves a bit of thin lacing.
Smell; thereís a definite bourbon smell to this, a little chocolate, dark fruits, and just a hint of coffee.
Taste; the bourbon definitely stand out, but is not overwhelming. Thereís a bit of a wood flavor, nice hints of rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, only a touch of coffee. This one definitely has a lot going on with the flavors.
Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I expected, but it is velvety smooth and just thick enough to let me know Iím drinking a double stout. I thought the drinkabilty was really good, but I happen to like the taste of bourbon. If not for such a high abv I could drink a couple of these in a row. This was one hell of a sipping beer, and it makes me very happy that I was able to get a hold of 2/3 of a case.
kramer (4368) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via trade w/ Drnk-McDermott. Pours pitch black under a small dark chocolate brown head. Little retention on the head, most likely due to barrel aging. Huge Bourbon nose, dark roasted malt, soy sauce, and some espresso and chocolate peeking thru. Big soy sauce flavor in front, very subtle Bourbon taste, then a pleasing burnt toast and charred oak finish. Warming alcoholic finish, but not over the top. This defines an oily mouthfeel, very full bodied, soft and comforting on the palate. This is one of the best barrel aged beers Iíve had yet. Shows that the "barrel" flavor doesnít need to overpower the underlying beer.