DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to beer handy for this. This is #1,450 for me, and I hope to have 50 solid beers leading up to 1,500. This one pours dark as the night, with minimal tan head. Aroma of malt, big prunes, dark fruit, chocoff, molasses, scotch, oak, bourbon, berries, vanilla. Higher intensity aroma than Heresy. Tastes wonderfully malty, with an oatmeal, blackberry, graham cracker, molasses, chocolate syrup, prune, licorice flavor. Yes, this is a bit cloying due to its amazing thickness, and the alcohol appears as it warms, yet it remains smooth. Up there with the DFH Worldwide Stout as far as thickness and intensity of flavor goes (although not as thick or alcoholic). Gets a bit heavy toward the end, but damn! this is a good beer. Lightweights, or non-stout fans need not apply. Beers like this make me proud to be a ratebeerian. Major props to Goose Island! JPDIPSO, I agree with your marinade idea. I may save a few ounces of this to marinate some steak or pork with. Iíll bet it would kick major ass! Not as smooth as the CWBBS or Speedway, not as complex as Dark Lord (but just as thick), yet amazing in its own right. The bourbon doesnít overpower the beer, it just accentuates it. Stouts like this donít come along very often. Iím a hardened, 16 year-veteran beer drinker, and as my last beer of the night this one is intimidating even me! Bravo, Goose Island.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Pours dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aromas of bourbon, dark fruit, malt, along with smaller amounts of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavors are bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, malt and a little bit of bitter hops and coffee. Body is heavy, and it works for this beer. Similar to Barley Johnís Dark Knight.
wxman (1427) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 Just had this yearís version on tap, and wow, every bit as good as previously rated, maybe better. If thatís possible! As other raters have said this stuff is thick and dark. I swear it pours in clumps! This would make a great marinade for a thick filet mignon. Seriously. There are a lot of flavors going on here. The aroma is interesting but hard to pinpoint. In the taste, I get Merlot, a warm fruit brandy, mild hints of chocolate, and yet somewhat astingent notes of coffee. You really can mix this with a macro and create a more "normal" stout, as someone else suggested. I took Schlafly Pilsner (12 oz) and mixed with 6 oz of Bourbon County Stout. It was still totally opaque but became slightly thinner in texture. It totally absorbed the flavor of the pilsner. Invasion of the Beer Snatchers!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smallest ullaged bottle to memory (Less than a cm.). Jet black color with a smaller bigger bubbled brown head. Slick and oily appearance. Mellow aromas. Lots of malt with mild licorice, vanilla, stewed prunes and oak cask wood. Slick and thick on the tongue. Not the normal thick, this is real syrupy thick stuff. Charcoal flavored blackberries, smothered with lighter fluid. The flames could be substantial. I think this could be a great steak marinade for black bavarian grill.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Pours oily black with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of wood, roasted malt, and a slight alcohol. Flavor of smoked meats, wood, bitter chocolate, and some dark fruit in the finish. One of the best examples of barrel aging I have come across, not overpowing just a firm and positive addition to the flavor and complexity.
kane (111) - USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First a warning: be sure to look at the caps on the bottles, I visited a store where there was obvious signs of leakage, inexcusable for $18/4. IMO this beer reminds me of past DFH WWS( 18%) that I have had and what has me going back and forth is I dont know if DFH is to be commended for getting this flavor w/o cask conditioning or if it should be Goose Island for selling it at $5/bottle less. A thick brew, shakes almost like semi-solid jello. Incredible lacing. Strong aroma of bourbon and raisins, secondary aroma of chocolate and oak. Predominately the aroma is very vinous. Upon first sip the first reaction is the is very thick, clinging, with an almost shot-like feel going down. Alcohol is out front with a burnt malt taste. Overall this is a fine brew, better than their Demolition but not as good as their Pere Jacque, especially for the price. I also prefer the WWS over this, which I compared it to at the beginning.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a Heavy Metal bandís wet dream. Dark Lord?? are you kidding me, THIS beer is truly a Knight in the Service of Satan....rock on !!!!!!!!
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 This is the good stuff. I would describe it as stout extract you could take a tablespoon
of this stuff mix it with a little Budweiser and have a good stout. Alone it is the stuff beer legends are made of. It pours so thick almost syrup like and I thought it flat at first but the carbonation was there it just took time for it to push through the viscous liquid.
Its black and has a 1.5Ēdark brown head that resembles polyurethane foam that you fill cracks around your house with except this foam is perfectly flat. The aromas of bourbon,
burnt malt, anise and dark fruit. The sip tasted of strong alcohol and sweet roasted malt leading to bitter coffee then to a treacle finish. I couldnít sip this beer it would take me 2 days to finish. I gulped it down it and enjoyed the rush of alcohol and flavors. Just writing this rating has got me jonesing for more.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Vintage 2007: Just got my hands on some. This is awesome. Thick jet black with a foamy brown head. Bourbon, chocolate, coffee, caramel malt in the nose. The aroma was so pleasing that I lingered quite awhile there. The body was rich and robust, slightly oily and smooth and so very satisfying. The flavor was well worth the wait and lived up to the aroma with strong Bourbon, coffee, and chocolate notes that caressed the tongue and titilated the palate. This was ready for drinking as is but holds such promise for cellaring. My rating numbers are for this 2007 batch.
Poured black with a brown head that disappeared in a flash. The nose was distillery, bourbon, vanilla, some coffee, prunes. Thick and viscous palate. Flavor was intense. Alcohol. Malts cut the edge just a tad. A nice sipping beer on a cold winter night.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this was awesome. Iíve had many bourbon barrel aged beers and most have been dominated by whiskey flavor, but this one has a complimentary bourbon flavor. Pours very thick and deep dark black. The nose is strong of whiskey and roasted malts. The flavor profile has hints of vanilla, cherry, sweet malt, and roasted malt followed up by a warming whiskey aftertaste that even non-whiskey drinkers (myself) would enjoy.