OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle dated bottled on 010505 via trade with Duane and Lou18 - Thanks to you both! - Pours black as night and thick with a nice tan foamy head that laces very well. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, some oak, and a bit of smoke. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, buttery oak, dark bitter chocolate, some smoke so complex and so rich and decadant. Palate is silky smooth full bodied and a real case of where the bourbon barrels complimented the brew. 11% alcohol canít be found. This is fantastic beer and should be in the top 50! Iím glad I finally got to try it!
stoutsman533 (1) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled two bottles from the 2004 batch. We served the beer with a block of Philadelphia cream cheese and a chipolte raspberry glazing on crackers. Nice desert to finish an informal beer tasting.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled @ GABF- One of my favorites, what a brew! Pours a jet black color, nice sized tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, chocoltate. A great sniffer. Flavor is more goodness, the barrel hits strong. Tastes like double chocolate coffee cake soaked in fine whiskey. Perfect finish.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: bourbon, cream and grains--too much bourbon
Appearance: dark brown, tan head, lacing
Flavor: bourbon, wood, brown sugar, some hops--too much bourbon
Palate: smooth, filling
Overall: not imperial stout--barleywine
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Sent by JCW via a trade. Pours used motor oil black with a bit of dark brown around the edge. Nose is wonderful! Bourbon, wood, light vanilla, molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and light hints of brownies. Taste is rich and full. Lots of bourbon flavors and wood with vanilla, light molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol. This is light a bourbon soaked chocolate cake. Delicious beer! Body is smooth and gives a mild alcohol warmth. Moderate carbonation feel as well. Finishes much like it began - bourbon notes, wood, vanilla, molasses, dark choco notes, and brownies. The alcohol shows up a bit more in the finish, but it compliments this beer nicely. Great stuff and I have to thank JCW again for the one. I waited a long time to try this, almost without hope, until John basically sprang it on me! Thanks again!
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
09.29.05 GABF Why in the world did they have the bottles of this stuff buried in a tub of ice? Well, itís black as can be, even in the tiny GABF tasting cup, and I get little to zero head on the multiple pours. Great nose melds bourbon and oak nicely with chocolate and tobacco. I donít get the smoke notes that many talked about, but there seems to be a dry, earthy quality to it that could be the wood or could be the barrelís pitch. Either way, itís complimentary and nice. A sure bitterness pervades mixing bitter roast and woody hops. Long and roasty finish could be more bitter, but thereís a sweet coating, like the exhale of a flavored pipe tobacco. Very nice.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 This beer is a pitch black color, with hardly any head created by the gentle pouring of this beer into a tulip glass. The aroma is rich with notes of Bourbon, vanilla, a strong oak character, and woody tannins. The aroma is very appealing with a liquor-like alcohol note to it as well. The taste is quite thick, definitely a dessert, rich malt character that is dominated by the oak contributions; Bourbon, vanillin, and a slight tannic oakiness, and a definite buttery oak note. There are notes of coffee and roast malt here, but the rich buttery oak character dominates the palate. This beer is so rich and full, really a meal in a glass, it took me a while to chew my way through this beer, which was perfect for my last beer of the night.
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AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 bottle that was almost filled to the top: Opaque, black, black as black gets. Little viscosity when swirled (probably due to the high alcohol content) and no head or lacing...odd. There is just a little brown ring of foam after pouring. Aroma is stellar: American oak (sweet, body enhancing, vanilla, charred wood, and ice cream), caramel, alcohol, coffee with cream, overripe cheese rind, and dark fruit. Flavor is amazing as well: Although there is quite a difference between the aroma and flavor, the flavor is like fine, vintage, well-aged port served at the perfect time in a meal. The sugar level is right, the roast is right (not overdone), the alcohol is perfect (no burn), the viscosity is right (not too fat), it sits properly on the tongue, and the palate is perfect. 11% and this is well balanced.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005. Deep dark brown body with a lush, velvety tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate syrup, fudge, molasses, and moderate bourbon. Flavor has a nice blend of chocolate, toasty raisins and figs, and noticeable but not overpowering bourbon. This is a nice bourbon stout that hits the notes I like.
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet balck pour w/ a dark brown tall small bubbled head w/ nice lacing. Strong bourbon aroma w/ a toffee, butter and roasted malts. Thick well coated creamy palate. Very buttery flavor w/ bourbon toffee and light chocolate. This is nummy.