fidemaster (286) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2013 Very thick black like coffee with a similar taste. Like drinking an espresso almost, coffee, sweet, creamy. Then you get the taste of oak, alcohol, very nice wood taste. Bourbon only wishes it tastes this good!
omhper (20750) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark black with near black brief head. Aroma of vanilla and licorice. Sweet with full body and clean mouthfeel with intense oak barrel flavour. The barrel character goes overboard and along with excessive alcohol it gets too intense and unbalanced. A lot of flavour, but not a lot of flavours.
waldowin (6) - Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2006 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On the first sip, I was seriously worried this might supplant my long-running all-time favorite beer!
Poured a rich, velvety black. So thick the surface didnít ripple under a pour, it *folded* in waves. Dark brown head was a little difficult to coax out, and slowly disappeared. No real lacing, but this stuff is so thick that sheets of the beer itself lace the glass when tipped.
This stuff smells heavily of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. A thick, sweet smell.
This stuff is just double-stout heaven! Intensely complex. Starts as an espresso double-roast, and instantly turns into an explosion of vanilla, oak, and roast. Slowly fades into a bloom of grapefruit-like hops that stay with you. Each sip brings out more flavors than the last.
This stuff is thick, and massive. Just barely enough carbonation to keep it from intimidating your tongue into hiding. If only all stouts could be so!
I have to be careful, as this is the only bottle Iíve ever had, and this stuff isnít sold locally for me. Once itís gone, itís gone. I think I just may weep when I finish this glass.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, almost no hrad. Tarry aroma of coffee, anise seeds, raisin, nuts with touches of wood and alkohol. Black coffee and chocolate with a strong barrel character. Wood, nuts, vanilla and cracker, Thick tarry and a bit peppery aftertaste, touches of nuts and wood. This is intense stuff.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Re-Rate 2-13-13. 2011 vintage. Molasses/soy sauce in the nose. Oily opaque black body with tan head. Fortunately, soy sauce doesnít come through in the flavor. Didnít change my rating. Ar 6, Ap 4, Ta 10, Pal 5, Ov 18. Re-rate: Cinco de Mayo, 2007: Re-rate: Sampled at Dark Lord Day 2007, 4-28-07. Very bourbony aroma, rich, high alcohol. Fully opaque body with a yellowish, tan head. Wow. Excellent. Dark Lord doesnít have that much on this brew. Why is it that people line up and pay $15 a bottle for DL and thereís very little hype for BCS? Granted I donít think this is quite a good as DL, but itís not far enough away for the disparity in attention. Perhaps only being available one day a year at the brewery will do that for a beer. Ar 8, Ap 4, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17. 3-28-06: MN Ratebeer Winter Get Together. Bottle. Rich, milk chocolatety aroma. Opaque body with no lace. Light brown head. Engine oil consistency. Syrupy. Wonderful caramelly, rich. Excellent.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Bottle. Pours opaque black with a diminishing brown head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, whisky, and a tad amount alcohol. Rich flavor of expresso, maple syrup, dark roasted malts, and peppery hops. Very strong, hot bourbon finish with a hint of sweet black licorice. Very good stuff. However, I think this one is a little young unless you love bourbon. I have a few more of these that I will cellar. I suspect this will get even better with age.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark chocolate head. Awesome banana caramel roasted vanilla nose. Strong alcohol all the way through. Hits you in the first sip. A strong roasted dark malty mess of a drink. Bitter, coffee. Like if you mixed a pot full of maple syrup and put in a week old cup of coffee throw in some booze. Somehow that sounds terrible, but it is actually quite good. Try it.
JorisPPattyn (8335) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small dark-foxy head over utterly black beer. Blueberries, brambles, licorice, black mushrooms, earthy, vinous and woody nose - definitely Bourbon casks. Woody, alcoholic, "jap" (liquorice sweets) and vanilla; coffee at the end. I enjoy the main taste enormously, but the finish is just a tad too harsh-licorice for me. Black Chinese tea with lots of higher alcohols and quite some tannines. Rich, voluptuous, oily MF. A truly great barrel-aged stout. Another one, I agree, but, hey, keep them coming. Big thanks, DavidA.
YogiBeera (2540) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Ariane and Lo for this awesome package - boy I miss you guys sooo much!!! Oily, thick looking pitch black brew with a fast diminishing head on top. Quite an alcohol nose, oak, chocolate and vanilla too. Intense alcohol taste, roasted coffee beans, some milk chocolate and nutmeg. Smoke aftertaste. Longe lasting finish. Numbs the upper lip. Nice one.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 1. Barrel Draught from the jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005
Black strong in alcohol and slightly rich on the palate. Some bitterness in a lasting finish.
2. Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 24/09/2009
Hop and roast aromas. Creamy head. Black very strong in alcohol and smooth on the palate with a little dryness in a crisp warming coffee roast finish.