duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, with clarkVV and Sully. Black in colour. Lots of sweet bourbon characters on the nose and on the palate. dark chocolate, roast, and slightly vanilla/oak bourbon characters, with an underlying peaty characters. Nice, in fact very nice, but a bit too sweet and sticky for me. Alcohol is liquerish, rather than spirity.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served at the Hop Leaf, Aug 2006 (their last bottle!) Bottled on 8/16/05. Pours deep black with brown edges and a light brown head which fades quickly. Vanilla beans, bourbon/oak and chocolate in the nose. Whoah, the flavor has a huge but pleasant presence of bourbon, whiskey and oak then comes notes of dark cherry, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel , pipe tobacco and dark roasted coffee. Sweet with ample hops and roastiness to help balance it out. Just massive tasting. Alcohol content is present and actually adds to the drinking experience. Full, round and very lush on the palate with lively but gentle rolling waves of very fine-beaded carbonation - absolutely perfect mouthfeel. I loved it, even after walking around Chicago on a summer day. I need to have this again.
MiP (14048) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Alcoholic, vinous, creamy, woody, vanilla, coconut aroma. Black colour, no head. Very powerful flavour, oak, vanilla and coconut. Thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very good.
ghorsche (48) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 12oz bottle, 2005 edition (thanks to nickd from beeradvocate). Poured motor oil black into a goblet with a scum of toast-colored bubbles. One word: Imposing. Nose is nutty toast with some alcohol, very rich. Many different aromas wafting through: vanilla, raisin, smoke, almond(!!).... First sip: whoa. Whoa. Big wood and alcohol followed by layers, layers, layers: vanilla & pumpkin, bourbon for sure, plenty of smoke, prune and caramel sweetness, and of course chocolate and toast. Kicks with plenty of alcohol on the palate, warming and becoming even numbing by the middle of the glass. Nice carbonation lends a creamy texture. Heavy, chewy body. Finish is short, very sweet and boozey with substantial roasty bitterness, but followed by an extremely complex dancing aftertaste that is an adventure in itself. Zow-wie. I don’t consider myself a stout aficionado but this is a truly remarkable beer.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIG beer. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is BIG. Ripe fruit, molasses, smoke, chocolate, cherry. rasoty malt. Flavor is much the same. Everything about this beer is big. Finish is sweet and bitter that lasts. Excellent. Bourbon flavor stands throughout.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 HUGE BOURBON explodes through in the nose!!! There is also some vanilla, smoke, defintely the oak from the barrels comes through in the smell. There is also a little bit of wine like dark fruits, grapes, raisins, and plums in the smell. This stuff is incredible as far as the number of different complex smells you get from it. I could smell this beer all night.
On to the flavors...Oh My God!! This stuff is about as big as a bourbon barrel imperial stout could be. All sorts of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and smokiness in the flavor. I am enjoying a year old vintage of this stuff and it has done wonders for the complextities of the flavors. Overall a great beer!!! By far one of my favorites!
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Christ that’s a big fucking beer. Pours a dark oily black color with a thin tan head. Strong roasted coffee notes with noticeable bourbon and burnt wood in the aroma. Tons of bitterness in this beer to go along with lots of smokey roasted malt and and bourbon flavors. Lots of warming alcohol as this one goes down but not so much as to be unpleasant. Notes of vanilla as well. Excellent stuff.
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 1FastSTi. This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head, smelling like roasted malt and alcohol. It is rich creamy and sweet, with a strong alcohol finish. This is a very serious stout, with a flavor that doesn’t quit. Goes well with a nice cigar.
DYCSoccer17 (3461) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 12 ounce bottle shared by Willblake at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2006. Thanks! 2-3 ounce sample. Lots of pungent bourbon in the nose with some sweet chocolate aromas present as well. Unfortuantely the bourbon just pulverizes the nose. Very inky opaque, oily dark brown color with a small yellowish head. Strong, hot, whiskey/bourbon start with lots of booziness in the middle. Finishes roasty with some sweet chocolate notes. Too hot and way too much bourbon. Not sure how so many people can like this unbalanced beer.~~~~~6/4/6/3/13~~~~~RE-RATE~~~~~~2013 bottle purchased at Corti Brothers. Heavy bourbon in the nose, without much else backing up the aroma. Some vanilla. A little ethanol is there, too. Virtually opaque black-ish colored body with a small, weak, quickly dissipating light brown head. Starts with a good amount of carbonation, before some bourbon flavors make a big impact. This is balanced out by a fairly pleasant sweet chocolate flavor in the middle, before some warming ethanol and vanilla flavors come through in the finish. This is pretty decadent, and has a pretty nice, velvety mouthfeel, although it is a bit sticky. Pretty solid, but I think it’s a bit overhyped.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2010 Bottled 8/15/05. Pours pitch black with a small, receding tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, slightly sweet, dark fruits, lots of chocolate. The flavor fairly sweet, plenty of alcohol present, sugar plums, chocolate, lots of roast, slightly boozy bourbon, vanilla. Man, this one had me until I tasted it. Just too much booze. Mouthfeel is soft, oily and sticky.
’03, 05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09 vertical The ’03 is rather oxidized, but not too bad, definitely fading with very little chocolate left. The ’05 is pretty nice, good bourbon character, but a bit boozy and actually a bit green. The ’06 is a bit thin and rough. The ’07 is sweeter than the first 3, lots of chocolate and roast. The ’08 is probably the most well rounded, good chocolate, decent bourbon, decent roast, just a bit too much alcohol. The ’09 is the sweetest of the lot, very soft, lots of chocolate, light roast, lots of alcohol. I think I’ll leave the 3.7 rating, seems to be just about right.