Ernest (6831) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, fully diminishing.
Body is black (opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted grain, chocolate, molasses, caramel), with strong notes of raw wood and alcohol/whiskey, other notes of corn syrup, vanilla, coconut.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Too much raw wood odor in this batch. A very inconsistent beer, and this is not a strong batch.
bierkoning (11394) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost pitch black, quickly disappearing head. Oak, vanilla, molasses and dark chocolate in the aroma. Powerful sweet, yet deceptively drinkable beer with vanilla, chocolate, oak, caramel, hints of licorice and lots of dried plums. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol and tobacco showing up in the aftertaste. Low on carbon, but a quite delicious and complex beer indeed.
skortila (4867) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. The aroma has chocolate, some vanilla, oak/bourbon and some dark fruits. Very delicate. Black coloured beer with a brown head. The taste is slightly bitter, sweet with lots of chocolate, some vanilla, bourbon/cognac. Nice dark fruitiness there. Full bodied, balanced, mild and complex. Really awesome.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz’r shared with Tim (Lagunitasfan). Cracked this one while Tim was on the phone talking to his brother. Tim exclaimed, "That looks like motor oil!" Pours with plenty of carbonation and weak lacing on glass. Taste contains hardly any proof of barrel aging. Didn’t have an alcohol burn at all, an extremely smooth sipper. Amazing brew recommended.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful beer shared by TheRealBastard. The two of us polished this thing off after a Cable Car and Stone 10th. Nice afternoon, eh? Nose is cocoa, sweet dark fruit, and a hint of vinegar tartness. Massively smooth in the mouth. Smoother than ANY other good stout I’ve ever had. No alcohol at all. Creamy and oats. Sublime. Looks like motor oil but tastes like silk. Absolutely loved it. Thanks Brent.
gam (3677) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice tan head of course a very dark IMP aroma caramel bourbon odour smooth coffee caramel dark fruit notes flavour mellow bourbon taste chocolate and coffee molasses liccorice this is bliss hoppin frog morishing imperial mild bitter the malt sweetness is first class oat meal smoothness good bitter on the palate finish oatmeal mellow malt sweetness bitter delicious that bourbon smoothness right through love it.
Pinball (11585) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch black, small brown head.
aroma is boozy, licorice, wood, roasted grains, quite mild. blended
flavaor is roasted grains, wood, coffee like bitterness, whiskey, chocolate, dark caramel
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber - thanks to RCL for the trade; dense black, slight tan head; yummy nose of bourbon and belgian candy; roasty, super smooth and lots of sweetness; oats, bourbon, chocolate chip cookies, vanilla; very dry with oatmeal and fudge; i wasn’t that impressed with the base beer and while an improvement, it paled in comparison to the BA Blackbeerd which was samples right before
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is probably a little better than I rate it. I’m just not a fan of the overpowering whiskey flavor. I wish someone would figure out how to age in bourbon/whiskey without the flavor being so strong. This one does seem to be pretty tasty despirte that complaint.
Suttree (5631) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was kinda surprised how much I liked this one. The use of bourbon is extremely subtle. Well, maybe not "extremely", but more subtle than I was expecting. Actually, several people who tasted remarked that they could pick up an oaky note slightly more than a bourbon-y note, and I’m inclined to agree. Anyway, the whole beer came off as a well blended combination og chocolate and coffee, bourbon and oak, and understated background notes of raisin, pune, and vanilla. Tasty stuff.