hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Chocolate on the nose. Chocolate and vanilla with an oaky backbone. Very complex beer. Pitch black. No head.
Xenon (48) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
They were not kidding about the beer being dark. I feel like I could shine a light through it and still not see it on the other side. I didnít know the abv beforehand but I knew this beer was heavy. Very thick feeling. Smoky and licorice malty tastes. The bourbon comes later but is impossible to miss. Thebooziness is very obvious and almost takes away from it some. There is a lot of flavor here but not necessarily in the perfect blend. Canít drink more than one.
JohnGalt1 (193) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 12oz picked up today for a pretty pricey $6.75ish... Pours with a very short lived dark brown head... No cap. The brew is of course black... very viscous on the pour.
Aroma is like a bourbon spiked brownie batter... but man.. the bourbon punch is surprising.. thankfully I like some of Kentuckyís Finest. a lot of whiskey and vanilla... but quite a bit of caramel and chocolate too... but it is definitely the bourbon that is the star of the show.. if I put my face over the glass, I swear I can feel the whiskey burn my eyes (in a good way).
Flavor starts out as a vanilla caramel sweetness but getís wiped off my palate by the bourbon.. melts slowly into chocolate with a little bit of char.. quite a bit of cherry.. almost like a kirsch.. but the cherry is fleeting as it transitions into a slick rush of bourbon that lingers forever. The body is very viscous.. accentuated by a lite little bubble carbonation.
This brew really is worth the hype... no doubt. I am keeping the drinkability down just a notch.. but it isnít a bad thing.. I want another sip immediately following the previous, but the thick mouthfeel and relative lack of carbonation hurts it for me... plus it still seems quite rough around the edges.. but still fantastic for sure.
Hopsclation (77) - Chicago, - DEC 5, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Until I have something better, I say this is the best beer in the world. The bourbon is massive, but only in expressive flavor, to my taste there is no harsh bite. Toffee, oak, dark chocolate espresso, honey, black cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg, plum, strawberry covered in brown sugar, butterscotch ice cream...I could go on forever. Basically every dessert flavor that has ever tasted good was combined flawlessly to make this beer. Spend whatever you have to, this has to be experienced.
wchesser (890) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle @ 14.9% less than a week after release. Not as hot as I remember. Great bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, dark malts, and gingerbread on the nose. Deep black and viscous. Sweet with chocolate and dark malts and warming boozy finish. Incredibly smooth, even this young.
knezek (18) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not sure it can get much better than this...I have a cellar full or excellent beers: Bells Expedition, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Victory Storm King, Old Rasputi, etc., but this beats them all hands down. Not sure how Founders Breakfast is anywhere near this in the ratings, maybe time for a new scale!
gschrade (286) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a tan head. Taste boozy, roasted malt. I thought this was so so. I would skip this down the road.
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radarsock (624) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
14.2% ABV. $5.00 exactly for the 12oz. bottle purchased from New England Wine & Spirits earlier today. Had it not been for my abrasively geeky questions, I donít think the cashier would have presented this yearís BCS as if it were the holy grail and I was part of King Arthurís crew. I hadnít rated this, nor have I ever consumed this, so I knew I might as well see what all the fuss was about. To oversized snifter, it pours a purplish deep brown with a quickly dispensing razor-thin khaki head barely a fingernail in length. Aromas of bourbon oak, mint, roasted malt, and hops. Huge and overwhelming alcohol presence. Tastes start with molasses straight up, followed by date syrup, chocolate, cinnamon, tobacco, oak, and burnt rubber. Blood orange peels, char, and pine needles by swallow. A tad zesty with undertones of earth at its finish. Heat experienced by first sip. This is a massive beer: complex, but perhaps too hot at the moment.
ineedbeer (418) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
08NOV13 bottle - 14.9%.
Aroma is super bourbon barrel character. Light chocolate and roasted malts. Medium high coconut, vanilla and almond notes with lighter bourbon and oak character. This beer really highlights the barrels and their contributions.
Pours black with a faint hint of a dark tan head that immediately disappears. No lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with a lot of dark chocolate and lighter roast and coffee notes. Light anise note adds a bit of complexity. Medium high bourbon character with lighter barrel notes than in the aroma. Light coconut and vanilla with a touch of leather and tobacco. Strong alcohol finish.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Slight oiliness to the beer. Low but present alcohol astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty darn good beer, but the bourbon charger in the finish is a bit strong for me. I do not remember older vintages being this bourbon forward so maybe itís a factor of youth as other bottles have always had some age. I wish it treated the way it smelled.
tectactoe (656) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazing & complex stout that has so many nuances & intricacies each year, I have tried to take notes on all of the different releases I have sampled. Appearance is nearly always the same, huge, black body with a timid tan foam that never seems to last for more than a few moments.
[2013 / tap / fresh] Tons of bourbon on the nose, along with lots & lots of chocolate. Incredibly smooth, even with the heavy bourbon notes; very warming & full bodied. Mild roasty finish, light char & bitterness in the aftertaste. Nice vanilla character picks up with time. Lovely oak & bourbon throughout.
[2012 / bottle / fresh] Big-time oak & vanilla aroma on this one; the booze takes on more of a raw whiskey character. Bittersweet chocolate, lots of syrupy goodness with a mild roast in the finish. Oak, whiskey, & chocolate aftertaste, mild brown sugar.
[2012 / tap / 1 year old] Has mellowed out with a year, but the bourbon character is still nice & robust. Picked up a much bigger dark fruit (currant & date) character this time around, with a very deep & roasted malt aftertaste.
[2011 / tap / 2 years old] More subdued aroma than any other vintage, but very well composed. Bigger roasted char-like bite with a very smooth bourbon character. Nice chocolate fudge finish with some bitter roast & cocoa in the aftertaste.
[2009 / bottle / 4 years old] Amazing chocolate aroma & flavor with lovely notes of currant & brown sugar covered black cherries. Bourbon is insanely smooth, lots of chocolate in the finish with a little bit of finishing oak & vanilla. This was amazing.
[2008 / bottle / 5 years old] Thanks, Jeff! Even at five years, the bourbon character is very robust but so, so incredibly smooth, it is unreal. This vintage/age showed the largest molasses, vanilla, & brown sugar characters of them all. Big chocolate in the finish, too, with lighter inclusions of oak. My favorite vintage/age so far.
bourboncolove (1) - Palos Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A great bourbon aroma. Poured dark in a glass with a little bit of brown foam. Long lingering bourbon and chocolate flavor on the palate. Worth the wait!