RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer says hello with a rich aroma of molasses that has coconut undertones. It is a black solution and that boasts a decent head. This beer is thick and smooth. It spreads well through the mouth distributing the taste molasses followed with mild hints of coconut. The mouth tingles leaves a well established bourbon taste lingering.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black, good head and thick lace that stays. Rich sweetness, bourbon and chocolate nose. Huge and rich, bourbon hits youbig time and lingers nicely. Sweet but alcohol tingles and sticks around a little too long. Just a big lingering finish of bourbon and sweetness. Needs some time for sure.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
color is black, no light shines through. thick foamy to creamy and sparkly dark tan head. aroma is vanilla, chocolate malt, graham cracker, and smooth bourbon like Bookerís. mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and a little oily. flavor starts dry roasted malt and licorice/molasses, then some alcohol heat comes in like gin! well, maybe a little bourbon too. aftertaste is more licorice and blackstrap molasses. thanks 1FastSti for this in trade!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a pitch black color with a small beige colored head. WOW !! This one clears out the sinuses !! Immense aroma of alcohol, Jack Daniels whiskey,bourbon, vanilla, malts and rich dark chocolate. Taste is very strong. A powerful presence of oak aged alcohol that at times can be overwhelming. This is a very slow sipper, which gets better after it sits for a few minutes. Smoke,vanilla,rich dark chocolate,whiskey and bourbon are all present. Excellent !!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 2007: Pour is opaque black with a skin of a brown head...smell is an amazing mix of bourbon (vanilla, wood, smoke) and rich roasty dark chocolate...taste is richly sweet up front with vanilla, then chocolate, then some hints of roasty bitterness of coffee and wood...thick chewy mouthfeel...wow...this beats every version I have had of this for the last 4 years...
2005: Pour is black with a nice dense dark brown head...smell is loaded with chocolate and vanilla and other roasty smells...some oak and alcohol too...great mouthfeel...taste is sweet with lots of chocolate and vanilla...very sweet and hot with alcohol...I am going to let my other 8 bottles sit for a year or so...still great...
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a complex mixture of bourbon, roasted and chocolate malts, and dark fruit. The beer pours a thick rich black with a tan head that is quickly diminishing. The flavor is robust with the taste of dark fruit and malt coming through with a bourbon and vanilla finish on the palate.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 I hope the 2006 is as good as the í05. Bottled 07/03/06. Pours a thick black with no head to speak of--until agitated. then thereís a little more than a ring of tan head. The aroma is full of bourbon--vanilla, oak, and alcohol.There are also some roasted coffee, dark fruits, and some darker chocolates. I understand how people wouldnít like this since the bourbon is so dominant, rather than a complement. Iíd have to agree with this as one of the expections. It just smells so damn good. Lots of bourbon, ETOH, vanilla and oak in the taste, with the remaining aromas following. Dry roasted coffee finish. Syrupy body though quite creamy and silky smooth. Carbonation is minimal--not too high and not too soft. This is a delicous beer--what I need to do is a vert with this and the Kentucky Breakfast. Pours a Old rating follows12.oz, bottled 08/16/05. Smells of alcohol, bourbon, raisins, and dark chocolate-not necessarily in that order. Pours an incredibly dark brown (canít see through glass) with a small dark tan head--quickly diminishing. lots of toasted maltiness, alcohol very apparent, more bourbon and some vanilla, bitter dry finish. 8-3-8-4-17--4.0
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This awesome stout was referred to as ďcrackĒ in a recent forum posting by a fellow Ratebeerian because itís so additive. Truer words have never been spoken. Cradled in a 12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanettiís, Libertyville, IL, this black hued stout sports intoxicating complex aromas of prune, bourbon, vanilla, sweet roasted malt and peppery alcohol. A very small tan head and soft carbonation were noted. Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth texture that starts with complex flavors of dried fruit (raisin and prune), caramel, and light sweet malt flavors. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness and expresso flavor. Definite alcoholic warmth and mouth-burn (11% ABV) were also noted. A luscious stout that is best savored alone (no food). A giant imperial stout, one of the best that Iíve tried thus far.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, no light gets through very thin very quickly discipating brown head that fizzes loudly away. Heavy bourbon nose, sweet with sugar and wood Little bits of malt. Taste is strong robus and sharp with alcolhol and hops. This is very disorienting from the nose as it is not expected. Alcohol and hops kick out from then more of an alcohol and malt kind of mix. But all of this is overtaken by a strong bourbon bitterness that is tart but more in a sweet kind of way. Awesome really.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy, heavy beer! The alcohol burn is quite warming on these cold nights of winter. Thick, black body, medium carbonation. The aroma is of...well, bourbon or scotch, with dark chocolate and chocolate malts. Chewy. The flavor is filled with roasted malts and molasses, caramel and chocolate. Yum! A great IS.