brenn79 (1198) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours black with not a great head, pours decent, then disappears fast. I taste vanilla and oak and some Bourbon but not as much as you would think, the taste is great but not as good as Ivan the Terrible, no one can beat Ivan dammit. This is the beer I drank directly after Ivan the Terrible.
chicowv (446) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle: Pours dark black with a thin light brown head. Small bubbles persist around the glass, and somewhat oily. Aroma of bourbon, charcoal, dark chocolate Taste is heavy on the bourbon but balanced well with a thick, viscous chocolate malt that is almost like drinking syrup. Very nice feel. Very enjoyable to drink with a slight burn. Not a bad burn perse, just powerful. Lives up to its reputation, I will try to age a few as well.
JoePeesie (829) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
fresh, this beer is a bit much for me. It is big hot and very bourbon laced. I have collected several bottles of each vintage since 08í and find they just keep getting better with age.
ddemmingjr (592) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Village Tap House in Chicago: pours jet black with a dirty, brown head.nice lacing. toast, oak, sweet bourbon, cooking chocolate, molasses, subtle dates. Taste is big bourbon, dates, figs, raisin, vanilla. Has syrup characteristics with a smooth, drinkability that makes this scary good. Reminds me of an Irish car bomb shot... with a long, distinct finish. Outstanding.
BeerChica (4) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is a great full-bodied stout. I could only have a few because it was so big and BLACK! but i really enjoyed it and would drink it again as a dessert to a meal of steak and spuds!
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is jet black with a small tan head. Nose is of roasted malt and some bourbon in the nose as well. The taste is of vanilla, oak, dark malt and bourbon, and some chocolate of course as well.
ekoerper (549) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: lots of rich chocolate and caramel, molasses, toffee, sweetness, some coffee, notes of bourbon, roast malts.
Pours jet black, opaque, thin brown head from an aggressive pour dissipates almost immediately, very little lacing.
Flavor: chocolate, rich and sweet, caramel, medium-high bitterness, robust roast character, touch of oak, bourbon, warming alcohol and a bit boozy.
Palate: very full body, low carbonation, thick and silky, fairly sweet finish.
dantheman278 (1319) - SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle at home. Pitch black, viscous pour, no head. Massive rich nose of bourbon, vanilla hints, chocolate, booze also present. Sweet rich palate, milk chocolate, really smooth bourbon, hint of coffee, big booziness, super-smooth but incredibly rich. Notes of toffee and marzipan also. Sticky rich finish, big alcohol hum. Incredibly, ridiculously unbalanced and sweet, but still great in its own way. Looking forward to trying my aged version.
humlelala (691) - DENMARK - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2013 (2012 vintage; 35 cl bottle from HÝkeren) Pours black with little, toffee head that diminishes quickly. Poor regeneration and little lace. Potent, perfumy aroma of oatmeal, vanilla and coffee. Soft carbonation, creamy texture, full body and a strongly sweet, warming finish. Taste is mostly sweet and slightly buttery. Alcohol is very well integrated. Very dominant yet pleasant.
(2011 vintage; Saved this for my rating #500 - courtesy of Steasy66 - big cheers!) Pours black with medium, coffee head that dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lace. Aroma is smooth malty with notes of bourbon, confectionary, coconut, vanilla and oak. Very inviting and accessible. Viscous, creamy texture, full bodied, flat and with a warming, wooden tobacco-humidor finish. Taste follows the nose and is rather more sweet than roasted with the alcohol extremely well integrated. Quite special and dangerously seductive.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. This was a thoroughly enjoyable beer that didnít taste at all like 15% abv and still had copious amounts of coffee, malts, cocoa and coffee beans. Plus, it didnít go overboard with the bourbon flavor. Itís pitch black, motoroil-heavy bodied, and puts off a welcoming, roasted wood and slightly sweet aroma. All around a solid beer and one of the best Iíve had in the no manís land that is >12%abv country. This is an excellent beer to settle in with during or after a big meal. The slightly sweet, malted, roasted flavors would pair nicely with some turkey and stuffing, and it tastes appropriate as a goodbye to fall and a hello to winter. In other words, I recommend a bottle of this for Thanksgiving.