GRM (2797) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, from Philippe Boutin, savoured on December 2 2011; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light acidulous; mouth: bourbon, alcohol, woody, vanilla, roasted malt, slight chocolate, molasses, finale in bourbon with presence of malt, medium body, not much carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly oily texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, de Philippe Boutin, savourée le 2 décembre 2011; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, léger acidulé; bouche : bourbon, alcool, boisé, vanille, malt torréfié, très léger chocolat, mélasse, finale en bourbon avec présence de malt, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention. Aroma of corn and light vanilla with some light black chocolate and alcohol fusel is good. Taste is a complex mix of corn and vanilla with some bourbon which rounds the edge of this beer. Body is full with low carbonation and some fusel alcohol is perceptible. Not bad though I prefered the brandy barrel version.
drfabulous (3574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to McGrupp612. Pours total black. Oily. No carbonation. Taste is big roast and bourbon. Nice, with big bold flavors, but I’d dig some carbonation to accent the taste.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle #64/384. Shared with some friends. Dark pour with a light brown head. Nice aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Flavor has hints of caramel, fudge and bourbon wood chips. Nice balance of flavors and very easy to drink.
Marsiblursi (2980) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours near black with small brown head. The aroma holds wooden, light buttery, alcohol-driven, light vanilla-ish and glue-like bourbon with a medium to heavily coffee roasted background. Undertones of dark chocolate, anise, brown sugar, hops, black currant and asphalt. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Bourbon up front in the flavour as well with undertones of roast and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is round and bit firey with light carbonation. Bitter hops and almost tar-like roast in the finish. Medium bodied.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shipped from Stateside and shared with friends. Bottle nr 322/384. The pour is medium thick blacky like a fine soy sauce. The dark brown head disappears quickly and sadly. The aroma is not that heavy and I get a christmas impression. There is plenty of chocolate, candid sugar, some metal and cinnamon. On top of that there is a mild salty touch that makes me think of soy again. Most of all the aroma is dominated of alcohol. The taste is too influated of the bourbon aging, and the sweet sweet bourbon vanilla is dominating too much. On top of the sweetness there is a harch wooden note, some coffee, chocolate and candid sugar. The mouthfeel is medium with a roasted finish.
wedgie9 (1744) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted in August 2011 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle shared by a generous gentleman. Pours a very thick and viscous opaque dark brown with a very thin tan head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is very sweet with vanilla, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar, maple, coffee, chocolate, a hint of earthiness, and some alcoholic heat. The flavor is the same; very sweet up front with caramel, maple, vanilla, and brown sugar, with a lightly acidic note, and some nice coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The body is nearly full and oily with light carbonation and a long oaky bourbon and vanilla finish.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Phone rate. 22oz 153/384, thank you Max. Black with small oily tan head, down to a thick ring. Bourbon and coffee chocolate notes, mod spicy boozy heat, dry roasty finish, bitterness 3. Aroma follows, no surprises. Full body, light prickly carbonation. Good.
Damico (2305) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There is the aroma of sweet vanilla, roasted malts, and soft chocolate. It pours dark thick coffee in color with a decent caramel head. Flavors are so smooth for the abv with notes of the barrel at first that blend well with vanilla and caramel notes. Love the body from the barrelc not too bubbly or thick - balance!
brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The beer pours a black color and looks almost flat, in fact, it is. No head to be found, either.
S: Jesus is this boozy. Tons of bourbon, booze, and ethanol type aromas on this one. Lots of oak with a bit of vanilla as well as some chocolate and roasted malt notes, just a hint of coffee, as well.
T: Tastes a bit better, but still a touch harsh. Lots of booze/ethanol as well as a bit of actual bourbon flavor. Some wood and vanilla are there as well as roast, chocolate, and a touch of coffee.
M: Medium bodied with essentially no carbonation.
O: Way too harsh, way too much booze, and no carbonation? Not a winning combination.