yespr (39608) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl oz bottle at Sunset Grill. Pours dark brown to pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and breadish roasted. Bitter, dark chocolate and roasted malty to caramelish flavoured. Lingering dark malty and caramelish into the finish. Smooth roasted and alcohol finish.
anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma with hoppy hints. Roasted malty caramel and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate finish with bitter hints.
Travlr (20297) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown, clear. Aroma of chocolate liqueur. Taste is dark milk chocolate syrup. Kind of plain, but not bad.
fiulijn (18423) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas
Black color, with medium sized creamy head. Nice aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla and oak. Medium body strength, less than expected; quite good caramel flavor, moderate sweetness, light oak touch; correct bitterness, with a light final nutty touch.
Easy but pleasant.
brokensail (15468) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some black cherry sort of highlights when held up to the light. Very little head formation, just a thin ring of tan bubbles.
S: The nose starts off with some sweet vanilla notes followed by a definite dark fruit aroma. Strong notes of prune, plum, and raisin along with a moderate booziness.
T: The flavor is sort of flat and not as intense as I would have expected from the nose. Some tannic oak character on the back end along with a sweet malt base and caramel coming closer to the front.
M: The body is medium with a low but smooth carbonation.
D: The nose and mouthfeel are nice, but the flavor falls way short. Even after letting this one warm up a fair amount, it was still pretty plain and woody.
bhensonb (13733) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Pizza Port Brewing bottle shop in Carlsbad, CA. Pours very dark cola with a few tan bubbles. Odors of vanilla and maybe bourbon as well. Medium plus body with creamish carbonation. Flavor is vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and sweet burnt malt. Tell me it’s from Scotland and I might believe it. It does seem a hint smokey. Finishes mildly sweet with some fair flavor complexity. Then it turns astringent? Might be the best beer from this brewer.
jtclockwork (13503) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of molasses, maple cream, oak, vanilla, dried grain, barley, light bourbon and dark fruit. Medium to slightly lighter medium body.
Ratman197 (12822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, carmel, light vanilla and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, carmel and light earthiness with a smooth lingering oaky finish.
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark ale with a thin brown head. In aroma, bourbon soaked wood, with dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, nice. In mouth, a nice smooth chocolate with light licorice, faint acidity, very nice. Shared with GRM, Oct. 2012.
Dogbrick (11041) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a dark brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark malt, bourbon and cocoa. Medium body with flavors of raisins, malt and some hops. Bourbon is present too but it is subtle. The finish is malty with a dark fruit aftertaste. Brewers seem to just throw the word "bourbon" on just about anything these days. This beer is interesting in some ways, and while decent it is not necessarily something I would revisit. Kudos that this was actually drinkable considering it comes from the same brewer who provided the "12 Greatest Brews of the World" Wal-Mart variety pack that scarred me nearly 8 years ago.