MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at HotShotz Indy tasting May 24, 2008 - Aroma is bourbon, caramel, earthy hops, oak and vanilla. Pours a very dark brown with no head or lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a little raisin and other dark fruits sneaking in. Palate is very smooth and what separates this from other BB brews. A lot of the time, the bourbon overpowers the base beer. Tomme is able to find just the right balance. I am starting to tire of bourbon in my beer and would have probably given this a higher rating a year ago. Very tasty nonetheless.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just kept getting better and better as it warmed,at first it was all oak and some bourbon,but soon the rich malt,and yeast ester became plesantly evident,taste was same way ,the bourbon barrel dominated at first,but soon the rich caramel malts and all those fruit esters came to forefront, the malting would have to be more a competitor with the bourbon for this to be upper eschelon. Still a top notch brew. Thanks Kingpin
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Zinister, sampled at his tasting. Thanks!
After the cork exploded into the air and shocked all in the room, the beer poured a deep black with a cherry oak nose. Flavor is oaked cherry wood with chocolate smears. Full mouthfeel. Dang good.
pineypower (2791) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Swore I rated this before, but found it wasn’t in my list. O well still have notes from Dmac’s. Thanks to jimmack for bringing this one. Pours out very dark brown with a small slightly off white head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak and some nice dark fruits. Taste is very complex with some nice earthy oak, vanilla and bourbon present throughout slight malty sweetness lingering but never overpowering, slight alcoholic burn on the finish. Very solid and very complex
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with thin head. Nose of bourbon, sweet malts, figs and caramel. Flavor is somewhat oaky with chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Very nice.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft and Bottled. Pours dark brown with thin off white head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, etoh, caramel malt. Flavor is just that with a touch of oakyness. This is a truely outstanding BW. My second favorite beer at EBF.
Sk8tybrd (7) - USA - MAY 19, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful smoke, coffee, hints of cocoa, toffee and an undistinguishable sweetness on the nose. The palate was mossy, and smokey with orange peel and carmel. It had incredible complexity with out being to rich or overwhelming!
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured mahogany in color with a creamy head. The nose was nicely complex with scents of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and a slight herbalness. The palate is similarly complex and medium to full-bodied with great richness and balance. There is plenty of carbonation to keep this deep beer fresh. Aging should allow this to mellow out a bit and be potentially perfect for my palate.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Immy at the RB Richmond Gathering. Very dark brown and well carbonated. Dark roast malts with oak and bourbon in aroma.Very sweet dark roastyness with chocolate vanilla and bourbon flavors. Honey or maple sugar sweeetness and very full mouthfeel.
Finishes with bourbon and a bit of woody bitterness. Extremely tasty...thanks Immy.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. Pours very dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is very much bourbon and alcohol. Taste was very overwhelmed with the bourbon, instead of just highlighting it. A bit too much for my liking. While the flavors and mouthfeel were complex, the bourbon just took prominence to too high a degree. Shame. Still not bad, but not excellent. Mouthfeel was medium and had a dry finish.