trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Pours jet black with a short, thick, lasting brown head of tiny little bubbles. Whiskey and smoked malt hit you first, but give way to leather, tobacco, chocolate malt, and roasted coffee. Loved sipping this one. Chocolate, oak, and coffee up front that eases into the warmth of the bourbon. Roasy malt and a bit of smoke throughout. Only mistake was starting my night with this; all others paled.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Blind Tiger. Pours jet black with a large brown head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, and a little coffee/vanilla, followed by an explosion of the bourbon/oak flavors at the end. It’s sublimely smooth and easily drinkable for what it is. Bravo.....bravo.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ BTAH VSK. Pours opaque black with a light, big bubbled tan head. Nose is huge on the bourbon, with an underlying sweet cocoa note, just a bit of roastiness gets through. Taste rich roasted malt up front, vanilla and oak, with the roastiness reigning in the richness with just a bit of roasty acidity. Dries up towards finish, with lingering bourbon on exhale. Smooth, full, silky mouthfeel, with carbonation just lively enough to really keep the beer alive on your tongue. Superb.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Hamilton’s Tavern. Seriously, one of the top 10 beers I’ve ever had. Pours a deep brown almost black with a big tan head. Tons of bourbon, chocolate and toffee on the nose. Flavor held bourbon with some coffee and chocolate.
malrubius (2130) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at Fourth Avenue Pub. Black with typical big bubble cask brown head. Rich aroma of chocolate roasted coffee earth wood. Rich roasted chocolate coffee woodsy earthy licorice flavors with medium hop bitterness. Smooth excellent cask mouthfeel. Full body and low carbo. Rich, complex, and delicious. Excellent.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Hamiltons. Black with a fizzy tan head. Great chocolate and bourbon aroma and taste with a whiskey and coffee, semi-dry, and alcoholic finish. Yum!
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at GABF ’08. I love their double stout, it’s wayyy underrated...and this just added another great nuance to an already beautiful beer.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ
Wow. what a great aroma, lots of vanilla, smooth subdued taste. Easy drinking, great flavor
hapjydeuce (977) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. I was stoked to see this beer on tap. Pitch black with some faint beige lace. Robust roast aroma with a smooth bourbon vanilla undertone. Very mellow character that slides easily across the palate. Oak wood is noticeable in the finish. Very nice.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a damn good nose tons of vanilla.....taste is not as good as the nose...much better than the normal double stout......smooth like kenny loggins
on tap at beachwood bbq