kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 12 oz bottle via footbalm (thanks Eric!). Pours a midnight black with a small tan head. Nose is oak, bourbun, espresso and anise. Taste is the same with some molasses and vanilla. This is the best oak/bourban berrel beer i have had to date. I typically despise them. So many of them taste too much like you are licking the wood off the barrell. This one is done right though. Reminds a little of Barley John’s Dark knight Returns...Full body. Yummy stuff.
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 2010 batch, 12oz bottle shared with barleyPops and other. Much smoother than 2006 batch (might change after aging a couple.) Seemed to lose some of its ruby appearance but still delicious. Less smoke and more chocolate and coffee, and of course, very viscous. Excellent stuff.
12oz ’06 bottle. This is by far the darkest beer I have ever poured. The flavor and aroma was pungent and wonderful. I could smell the smoke and bourbon, and when held up to a light, you can see some ruby red. The flavor was amazing, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, wood, and many more. The first sip hit me like a freight train but the taste kept lingering in my mouth. Awesome beer.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’06 Bottle. Beer looks like used motor oil with a thin, light brown, frothy, mostly diminishing head.<P>
Description is right—a cigar would go limp in the presence of this plush beast. The aroma is uniquely hot, huge and assertive-sweet. Malty with heavy sweet notes of roasted grain, coffee, toffee, a moderate-to-heavy note of chocolate and a light note of blackstrap molasses; Hoppy with moderate note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a moderate note of basement; Moderate notes of bourbon, wood, cozy alcohol, trace of smoke.<P>
The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter with a long, tummy-warming hot, heavily sweet, lightly biter finish.<P>
The body is lush—full and velvety with soft carbonation.
IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 bottle from iowaherkeye; nose of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, and smoke EXTREMELY COMPLEX; Balcker than night with a tiny tan head; thick syrupy body exhumes these flavors, 1) coffee, 2) caramel, 3) chocolate, 4) bourbon, 5) vanilla, and 6) a liitle bitter hop finish! Alcohol extremely well covered!
KAME (160) - California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is right up there with my top 5 imperial stouts of all time. The aroma, the flavor, and the mouthfeel of this brew is so much better than many of the other oak aged imperial stouts on the market. Aroma is a very balanced blend of oak, bourbon, coffee, dark fruit, and vanilla. Flavor is similar with a nice bourbon finish, but not nearly as overwhelming as some of the other offerings. This is currently my favorite brew available.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I loved the balance. Complex but not in a needless or muddled way. Powerful woody, roasty bourbon note mixes well with chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and coffee flavors. A smokey, hoppy bitterness. Great mouthfeel, nose and aftertaste.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Re-rated - 12oz Bottle 2006: Pours oily black with a deep brown head. Aroma is smokey, barbeque sauce, lots of peat notes, tobacco, wood, bourbon whiskey, dark chocolate, vinegar, and paint thinner. Flavor is very rich and salty. Tons of sweet sour mash, vanila notes, smokey oakey/whiskey. There’ plenty of earthy peaty notes followed by a long rich roasty finish. A rich and unique Stout.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle at the CL RB gathering. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is heavy chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and alcohol. Taste is the same, with dark fruits in the taste. Bourbon and a roasty bitterness in the finish.
TheEpeeist (3139) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Round 1, Beer 4 of a blind stout tasting. 12 oz bottle. Murky dark brown with a thin creamy beige head. Grape-ade and dates soaked in bourbon. A silk blanket coats the tongue. Dark chocolate, licorice and building bourbon. Coffee drying. Best of the round; a solid notch above. Overall i find the bourbon in these brews diminishes their essential stoutiness.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled on 8/16/05 via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!, cellared for 10 mos. after trade) Hot and sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla...Pours very dark brown but not opaque. Not particularly thick-looking. Very thin brown head quickly melts to a thin ring around edge. Strong nose of vanilla and bourbon. Chocolate and coffee round out aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth but pretty sticky and syrupy. Medium-full. Flavor is strong bourbon and oaky vanilla, followed by dark chocolate. Also has notes of roasted coffee, sweet tobacco and raisins. Overall very port-like. Pretty hot from start to finish (i.e., alcohol not well-hidden). Definite buzz factor. An intense and fairly complex brew but doesn’t quite live up to expectations for me. Flavorful but too port-like and hot for me to call it a really great beer.