entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Completely opaque, held in front of a lamp this is like a glass of "black hole." Aroma is of char and sourmash with hints of molasses and burn your nosehairs ester and heat. Huge bourbon flavor and alcohol in the mouth. Raisins and dark chocolate are there as well but are thrown under the bus as this beers barrel aged flavor is overpowering. Itís a huge dark beer and I usually like that but I feel this brew accentuates more the flavors that I am least fond of in an Imperial Stout rather than the ones I love.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Bottle dated 8-16-05 . Pours very dark brown, opaque in the glass. Aroma of alcohol, some wood, and a little bit of chocolate. Flavor is mostly alcohol heat, wood and again, just a bit of chocolate. Thereís far too much alcohol flavor to be enjoyable. Not very complex, and really just not that good. An uninspired beer that in my eyes, is highly overrated. Iím going to revisit my other bottle of the same batch around 2010, see if time helps any. 6/4/6/3/13 = 3.2
Bottle dated 8-16-05. Couldnít wait til 2010. Drinking 3-9-08. What a difference 2 1/2 years can make. Aroma is good, no alcohol, oak, some fruity/cherry is present. Flavor is well developed, the wood has been toned down, there is a nice chocolate flavor, smooth and no real noticeable alcohol burn. Seems like it has come together pretty well, definitely better than it was.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick deep brown with reds on the edges. It sets oily black under a huge thin bubbled head, which dissapears quicker than expected. The aroma is quite nice. Big roasted malts and a great cinnemon role and molasses aroma sitting above a wiskey influenced character. Distinct and unique aroma. Really strong alcohol flavors are initially border on obscene. They are sharp, oakey, and seem to finish sweet until a quick hit of alcohol again appears. It becomes more round and releases chocolate, coffee, molasses, and strong burbon tones. It grows on me as I finish it, but I think it could be better with age. Thanks to Kevin for this one.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Big black roasty chocolate, anise, some bourbon. Full and creamy on the palate, finishes bitter with an alcoholic burn. Thick and rich and chocolate. I will age some.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 8/16/05. Poured from bottle into English pint glass. Nearly black color with a beautiful dark brown head that unfortunately didnít last very long. The aroma began with bourbon whiskey, then gradually added burnt coffee, and then melded with notes of dark chocolate. The body was thick and heavy on the tounge, but thatís to be expected...this is a huge beer, and certainly meant for sipping! The flavor was very complex and almost overpowering to me. Midpalate and late on the tounge is when I really noticed the bourbon flavor. Just the aftertase on this thing is stronger than some brewís actual flavor! This is a quality beer, but I canít say that I really really enjoyed it personally. My preference is typically for slightly smaller beers, but once again- thatís just me.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 08/2005
Very dark brown pour. Thin, fizzy brown head, dissipates fast into a small thin ring. Rich aroma of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, roasted malt, some faint dark fruit.
Rich vanilla laden chocolate followed quickly by a slightly off-balanced amount of bourbony alcohol. Further inspection yields bourbon flavored fruit, some faint roasted coffee. I want to say it is unbalanced... but then again, it is good. Nicked the ípalateí a bit for that. But regardless, its really easy to get over the bourbon. This thing is really chewy, has a good overall sweetness + some roasted malts to balance it out a bit. I like it.
Jan 2005 or late 2004, sampled around August 2006. Thicker mouthfeel. Less overall bourbon presence, but its still there. Sweeter with dark raisiny rum, and a slight alcohol edge.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin-medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor is quite complex with bourbon, burnt wood, black licorice, and a little molasses, vanilla, and smoke. Alcohol warmth is apparent when cold. Let this beer warm up to 55-60F and that gets better and the flavors all blend together very well. Bourbon character is perfect; as many attempts at this go too long and almost taste like a soy sauce. Excellent beer.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Duane let me sample some of this beer. Poured an opaque black with a beige ring around the edge of the glass. Strong aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, and smoky oak. Good full bodied mouthfeel, but it was a bit harsh on the tongue and the bourbon flavor was a little too prevalent.
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.