XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share by Greg, Aroma is a bourbon, chocolate, light tart. Taste is tart cherry and some tobacco, some barrel.
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from jtclockwork. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and a hint of tobacco. Black with a small, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is bitter, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, minimal head.
Smell is sweet oak and vanilla, a bit of cherry.
Taste smooth and roasty, sweet caramel and raisin, lots of red fruit.
burg326 (4318) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glenn coming in strong, and sharing another outstanding beer for the car ride, poured a dark brown color with aromas of roast, light caramel, light dark fruits, and some earth. Flavors follow suit, light chocolate thrown in, another great beer from Jackie-O’s.
Lukaduke (2521) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jstax ! Pours a dark silky burnt umber color with a foamy gaseous three fingers of khaki foam. The nose is rich with burnt chocolate, boozy fruit, raisin, bourbon and vanilla. The mouthfeel is a touch oily with a trace of bubble that cleans it up slightly but the palate is so rich and full with lots of dark deep fruit mingling with rich bittersweet chocolate and burnt roasted edges. Complexity rolls through with barrel notes and warm vanilla spices.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle (that says it’s 10.5%, not 12%). Pours a deep viscous brown without any head. Aroma is big, sweet bourbon, wood, roast, vanilla, lots of booze. Taste is roasty, chocolate bourbon. Very smooth with a slightly dry finish.
Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black , thin tan lacing. Sweet aroma of chocolate, bourbon, figs, raisins, brown sugar, and hints of charred oak. Well balanced between the malty sweetness and bourbon character, and full-bodied. Finish is chocolatey and warming; the alcohol is well hidden.
mcberko (8421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks Josh), pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma of bourbon barrels and vanilla upfront, followed by caramel. Flavour brings out bourbon and vanilla upfront, with some dark fruits and caramel malts deeper down. The bourbon and vanilla notes are very upfront, totally taking over without being overburdening. Totally different than the base beer no doubt (even though I got an infected bottle of the base beer). Soft palate, with a lingering vanilla and booze aftertaste. Excellent stuff.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A well balanced roasty medium-bourbonny impy stout that doesn’t overdo anything. Excellent beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. From the first batch, Consumed when almost 2 years of age, bottle 77 of 216 sent to me by alexsdad06, thanks a lot Brad.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head quickly dissipating to a beige ring of foam that doesn’t leave much lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is black chocolate, roasty, moderately bourbonny, more oaky than bourbon. Taste has a surprisingly strong roast for a bourbon barrel aged beer, lots of bittersweet high cacao % black chocolate, a light charcoal sensation, soft bourbon presence, mild vanilla smoothening out the roast. There is some alcohol heat but considering this is 12% brew I’d say the alcohol is mostly well hidden. Nice mouthfeel with plenty of soft bubbles to support this corpulent body. Far from a barrel orgy this was a very cohesive beer with just enough roast to balance the sweetness but without overwhelming the beer. Not sure if it is because I waited just long enough before drinking it but I thought this was a great beer from a brewery that disappoints me more often than not. It was way too easy to drink the bull bomber, and I could feel the 12% AFTER drinking the bomber. A nice beer I acquired in a trade, where alexsdad06 accepted to send me cool beer bottles if I sent him cool beer bottles, and I find it fascinating to think that us beer traders are actually grown-ups.
tricyclist (1000) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOOM!!! This thing is killer! Great pour of dark dark chocolate with a healthy khaki head. Nose is full of bourbon and chocolate. Loads of bourbon and chocolate. Sweet malts follow. Flavor is, again, loaded with bourbon and chocolate. Super smooth with a very faint bite in the end. Sweet caramel follows with a lingering finish. Glad to have shared this one with ten people... wish I would’ve kept it all to myself.