skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Time heals. Tasting this again gives me a profound respect for making something that is different. The oak and vanilla are predominant on the front,while the smoothness of the malt overdose is appreciated. The lingering mouthfeel is divine. I mustíve been drinking from the bottom of the barrel on a prior tasting.
2 oz at Southeastern Gathering. The aroma hinted at something that would be strong. Very bold smoked flavor. There is almost a buttery quality that threw me off, and I couldnít get over it. The bite was a little overwhelming as well.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge maple and whiskey aroma, huge maple and whiskey flavor. Sweet and smooth, big hints of whiskey dwelling within traditional flavors. Vey Nice. Sampled at Ratebeer Southeastern Gathering, Atlanta, 2004.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I need to come right out and say that more than a little bourbon flavor in a beer bothers me. It almost seems as though they are covering up a flaw using potent alcohol. I did enjoy the underlying flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and the slightly smoky, very creamy qualities. The aroma was top-notch -- liquid fudge deepened by walnuts and surrounded by buttery bourbon. I agree with herbjones, it did seem a lot more potent that it actually was.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black body with a small khaki head that quickly disappears. Bready malt aroma with hints of raisin and a some clear bourbon notes. Malty, with hints of raisin, licorice and a very slight vanilla note. Finish is smokey and dry with some deffinite bourbon and woody notes. Alcohol comes through a bit much in the finish, but other than that this a very nice stout.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coal black pour with no head, just a thin ring of tan bubbles. Nose has is overpowering with alcohol. 9.1% and I would swear it was twice that. Big thick creamy palate. Flavor has hints of vanilla with some oakiness at the front but then the alcohol hits and obliterates everytnig.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Rerate: 01Jan2008
POurs black with a 1cm tan head that quickly disappears. Creamy mouthfeel with notes of vanilla, chocolate and oak. Finishes smoothly.
-------- with a thin brown head, lightly carbonated. complex boubon, vanilla & stout flavors, unfortunately too much alcohol in the nose & flavor counteract the nice creamyness in the flavor
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black color with a small light brown head. Strong sweet bourbon, vanilla and malt aroma. Wonderful rich malt, vanilla and bourbon flavor, with a hint of hops. Fairly dry finish. I REALLY enjoyed this. It was almost as good as the barrel-aged speedway. Thanks from me too, Ed!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black color, opaque, with a small tan head. The aroma is dominated by sweet bourbon...licorice and bitter chocolate in the background. The flavor was delightfully sweet...here the bourbon interplays better with the chocolate and licorice...not any coffee tones that I can detect. Very soft, oily feel with a wet, coat your mouth, finish. Thanks Ed.
Terminus (3242) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 ReRate-Oh man, how my taste has changed. I origonally had this beer at a 3.8 for some reason (thought it was too hot). It seems much more balanced and has amazing complexity. I really dig the woodyness of this beer along with all the char, anise, black patent malt and vanilla.
bottle-12/27/03 RB three floyds gathering-thanks to EddieG for bringing this brew into the event! Thick oily black appearance with no head-little carbonation, like bells expedition 02. Very burbon/alcohol/chocolatearome with slight coffee notes tucked under the wiff of bourbon. pretty cool! surupy-chewey palate. Very thick on the toungue. It felt like i had to scrape my toungue after sampling even a small dose. somewhat smokey mid-palate with alcohol coming in the finish. kinda unbalanced, but still pretty cool brew.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2005 Pours thick and oily. Black, no head. Total whiskey aroma. Alcohols rise out of the glass. Espresso, chocolate and vanilla flavors plus bourbon notes. Earthy aroma as well. Thick palate - coating. Bittersweet finish. Highly roasted. Acrid, challenging. Licorice comes through as well.