dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark with a thin head that sticks around at the top of the beer. The aroma is complex and beautiful. There are notes of barbecue sauce, charred wood, molasses, dark coffee, and sweet roasted malts. The flavor is equally complex, with flavors of milk chocolate, cafe au lait, caramel, vanilla, and the strong influence of the bourbon barrel aging. The mouthfeel is near perfect in its silky cream feel with no sticky sweetness, but there is an alcoholic burn that is surely the product of the bourbon barrels. Overall and delicious stout that struggles to differentitate itself from the multitude of similarly aged stouts.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a mdium brown head. Very thick almost lime molasses. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts and toffee. Flavors of caramels, malts, chocolate and of course the bourbon, that intensifies when the beer warms up. Very smooth and the alcohol is very well hidden.
Marsiblursi (2993) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2010 (Bottle, thanks Ughsmash) Pours totally black. Roasted dark malt, vinous aroma with a lot of oak wood, bourbon and vanilla. Dark chocolate and cherries also present. Some dark dried fruits and Madeira like tones with raisins, blue grapes and prunes up front. Smaller notes of dark bread. Dark roasted malt flavour with strong notes of Madeira, oak wood/bourbon, salt liquorice and dark chocolate. Oily, thick long lasting mouthfeel. Fiery, peppery alcohol warmth on the aftertaste with notes of dark malt, dark fruits and bourbon. Deep and complex overall. The wine-ish tones is almost a bit port like both in the aroma and flavour. Medium bitter with a dryish sting. Full body. Helt stŲrt bra! Re-rate: Pours super black, almost no head. The aroma holds wooden/coconut-like oak and molasses up front. Undertones of chocolate, asphalt and light dark fruits. Some alcohol notes are present. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, light to medium bitter and light acidic. Nice harmonic blend of wood, molasses and roast. The mouthfeel is smooth and fat with light tart finish. Light vinous finish. Medium afterbitterness, both from the malt and hops. Some alcohol warmth. Full bodied. Great!
gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
perfect pitch black color with a head like chocolate malt ovaltine. mmm, more ovaltine please! the head is heavy layered with coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and black walnuts and finishes with the balance of sweetness and oak like any great bourbon. the carbonation is lively throughout with tiny ivory bubbles rising slowly, almost brewing in a cauldron. and it feels like medicine, a thick oily liquid that coats the mouth and throat. this beer is not for the timid, the bourbon is there in the finish and could be overwhelming for some. i loved it.
zootfinster (205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 If you arenít familiar with this style give it a little while before you rate it. It wasnít until I had a Bellís Expedition Stout that I appreciated this beer. It is certainly in the same class. Very dark, almost black color. Sweet, malty and thick. Pour one, sit back and enjoy. Itís worth the experience.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is just an incredible, incredible beer. I was able to share this with my brother and he too was blown away at how tasty this was. It pours out this glooping, thick, motor oil like appearance with a brown one finger head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, black walnuts, wood, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky, coating and velvety smooth. Flavors were much of the same as the aroma, with a sweet malt really coming out along with the wood and bourbon notes. Just an awesome beer.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Had a bottle during an after-hours tasting at the brewery. Really great imperial stout. Taste wise itís a little bigger (but not as smooth as) Founders Kentucky Breakfast stout. But not quite as in your face as FFF Dark Lord.1 Amazingly complex, balanced, and flavorful. The alcohol makes its presence known, but itís not overpowering. What a treat-- thanks for the bottle Goose Island!
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle(2005) from Ughsmash. Pours is super slick and oily. Black as pitch. Strong woody bourbon aromas. Huge bourbon/cabernet flavors. Rich roasted maltiness follows. Some chocolate in the finish. Quite warming as it goes down. This is a very potent and drinkable brew.
stevec (21) - Galena, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Bottle in Chicago. Dark as stout should be. Bourbon comes across on the nose and at first taste. Followed closely by a deep chocolate flavor that blends nicely with the bourbon. Left with a nice warm feeling that reminds me I get my moneys worth of alcohol when I pay for this one. Very rich and powerful, 2 was enough in terms of alcohol and flavor.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle 2006 from brentfeesh big thanks:
pours black with no head just a rim of cocoa coloured foam. aroma is bourbon, raisin, caramel malt, chocoalte and some coffee ground. pretty much everything you could want. flavour is dark fuits and sweet caramel with a nice espresso chocolate kick and bourbon. finishes very roasted and stong. a very full beer with some alcohol feel.