hamilton23 (606) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 375ml bottle at Lost Abbey. Pours dark brown with little head. The aroma is amazing...tons of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, bourbon, caramel. This is an incredible beer. I need to get more.
italianjohn (2311) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black pour dark tan head not much carbonation when the cork was popped ... bourbon vanilla/chocolate aroma ... taste of caramel malt, mostly bourbon barrel and light roasted malts, vanilla and light chocolate .... lots of lingering warming bourbon/brandy oak in the finish .... an outstanding brew
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Poured a dark and deep brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of vanilla, wood, brown sugar, bourbon, chocolate, and roast. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, roast, chocolate, and dark fruitiness. Smooth with lighter alcohol in the finish (but overall well hidden).
beerbill (3371) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. Pours an opaque deep brown, definitely not black, with a thin light brown head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dates, and malt. The flavor follows the aroma very well with the same attributes. A bit boozy at the finish with some mild-moderate alcohol warmth and a bit of alcohol flavor creeping in as swell. Overall, an enjoyable beer to sip slowly on a cold winterís night.
ilovedarkbeer (2233) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The corkís removal is marked by a faint hiss. Silver smoke wafts out of the bottle as a delicate vanilla aroma sweetens the air. The body of this beers appears like a tiger eye stone in my glass save for the faint rim of bubbles that passes for a head. Upon swirling, my glass is instantly coated brown by the viscous body. The nose unfolds to reveal layers of vanilla extract, bitter baking chocolate, isopropyl rubbing alcohol, charred driftwood, medjool dates, and wet leaves. The taste is nearly identical, however the mouthfeel proves to be thinner than I expected and there is a noticeable alcoholic bite on the finish. In the end I am left feeling slightly unpleasant.
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle from Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA. Pours very dark brown with a lasting one finger tan
head. The aroma is great - a little boozy but with great roast,
chocolate, molasses, bourbon, brandy, wood, and toffee. The flavor
though is booze city. Way too intense for 12.5% ABV. I feel drunker
with the first sip. Behind that, Older Vis an Angels Share assert
themselves. Caramel, toffee, roast, dark chocolate, bourbon, and
brandy. Boozy as hell on the mouthfeel with fairly full body and
lower carbonation. Could be a great beer with some age on it, but
right now itís hot as hell. Tasty though behing the heat.
adrian910ss (2348) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
# 1850. 375 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with a medium sized foamy light brown head. Aroma of a brandy bourbon mixture, rich chocolate and rich malt. Taste of creamy rich chocolate, brandy, bourbon and malts. Good stuff.
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, bourbon, and sweet darker malts dominate the nose on this fairly black brew with a lovely tanned head. The notes are mild and loud at the same time. Once you start sipping this brew, and seriously, SIP IT, itís worth taking it slow, the flavors just come popping out all in a row. You start with a very sweet bourbony malt that transposes into a thick and robust coffee filled stout tasting brandy towards the end. The bourbon once again comes out in the finish, coating the palate, and warming the belly. This is truly some dank business right here, as it should be for $19 a bottle. Plums, coffee, toast, burnt, sweet malts, brandy, bourbon, and more all comprise into this amazing brew. Dank, yum, go find one!
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Look at otherís ratings for a description- no sense in repeating it here. When I opened this one, I thought it had the strangest aroma I have encountered (out of over 800 beers). It really smells like bourbon wine (if there was such a thing). The taste is amazing- very complex and balanced. This is maybe the most interesting beer I have ever had; It caught my attention and stands out in a crowded field of really good domestic beers. Iíd really recommend trying it once.
dmac (3989) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle shared at Paulís Thanksgiving weekend bash. Poured a deep dark brown oily body that left lots of slick lacing on my CCB snifter and there was also a tiny bit of beige head that quickly faded. Aroma had lots and lots of alcohol shinning through. Notes of wood, raisin, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and lots of raosty malts throughout. The palate on this one is just plain HOT!!! Lots of alcohol comes screaming through with a chalky mouthfeel, barely any carbonation and loads of alcohol warming on the finish. Flavors of wood, bourbon, burnt toast and dry dark chocolate dominate. Very solid beer but much like the proverbial beast this one needs to be tamed.