piscator34 (2362) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample via (and shared with) oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with strong and fizzy carbonation. Huge licorice, asphalt, booze, and dark fruits on the nose. Complex flavors of cookie dough, caramel, mellow stewed fruit, whiskey, and a hint of earthy hops. Very heavy mouthfeel inspite of all of the carbonation. A "sippiní beer" if there ever was one.
StefanSD (2381) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 Bottle from a friend. Pours a dark brown color with a big tan head that had good retention and plenty of lacing. The aroma is rich and complex with bourbon dominating the nose, other aromas of butterscotch, raisins and pecans fill in nicely. The flavor is similarly complex; the taste of good bourbon dominates with a host of supporting sensations--there is cloves, roasted barley, cola and pecans--all superbly balanced. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and creamy. The finish is long with a bit of lingering clove numbing my tongue. Overall: A great concoction. The balance of whiskey flavors to beer is superb, the bourbon is up-front but not overwhelming. Very nice.
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
btl opened by JohnC.Light brown pour with a tan head and lace. Pepper, bourbon, hard raisin. Excellent finishing bitter. Carbonation and mouthfeel excellent. All round rocker. Though the bourbon comes through the abv is carried very well.
vadersnightcap (80) - SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well apart form the carbonisation level but this is so good you djust dont care - just leave er in the glass and savour her a little longer.
Aroma is burnt coffee beans lingering over railway sleepers covered in bitter chocolate with some lovely tart fruit.
Amazing caramel and toffee malt flavours on the pallet - almost a coca-cola caramel sweetness. this soon dissipates as the barrel and hops take over. Taosty bourban favours and bitter fruit from the hops.
amazing body and mouthfeel.
I love this!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via dchmela. Dark, reddish, purple color. Smell of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, alcohol, malt, brown sugar, nuts and hops. Taste of bourbon, oak, caramel, prunes, hops, vanilla, alcohol, raisins, touch of chocolate and nuts. Wonderful brew. I wish I had a bigger bottle.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with a medium tan head. The aroma has some tobacco and oak. Some hints of pears and caramel. The taste is fairly sweet with caramel and some leather. There is also a little bit of pears and some notes of vanilla. A nice woody note helps to make this interesting. A good beer, but far from mind blowing.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle gushed all over my lap. Deep mahogany in color with a tan, foamy head. Stringy lacing. Lots of vanilla and alcohol, mostly bourbon. Toffee or caramel come out in the malts. Bitter and a bit acrid from the alcohol. There is a big note of brown sugar that comes out in the flavor. Raisins mix in with the vanilla. Creamy, and full bodied with a finish that is just as complex as the rest of the beer. Delicious.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Wow all I can say is that I have a new favorite beer. This beer is incredible. Me being a fan of bourbon beers from the get go this beer does not disappoint. Oak,Bourbon,Vanilla,Carmel, all rolled into the smoothest palette drinkable beer iíve ever had the pleasure of tasting.With that said iíve never given a perfect 5 but this beer is totally worthy. All the flavors blend together so smoothly and perfectly that I recommend to anyone trying this rare treat at least once and deciding for themselves. But as for me this beer sits atop the throne!
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Thanks to MYSELF for getting a few of these!! Dark brown Belgiany looking pour with a big tan head. Head lasts to the very bottom of the glass too. Aromaís all over the map with notes of vanilla, raisins, chocolate (milk and dark both come to mind), strong oak, caramel and toffee. Seemed a slightly mild aroma when I first had it, but the second time I had it, it smelled fantastic. Flavor is equally demanding; bitter dark chocolate, raisins, strong oak mixing with sweet bourbon, vanilla and a woodlike bitterness. Quite sweet, but itís too complex to call "sugary." Finish dries things out with a bitter buttery hop flavor, lingering toasted wood, bourbon, and bitter raisin/dark fruit. Wonderful aftertaste goes on and on. High Belgian-esque carbonation makes this drinkable and easy going, but itís got a full body and TONS of flavor. I expected this to be good and man, this is a wondeful beer! Sweet enough to suit me and a complex flavor worth pondering and enjoying. I know the ratings for this have been going down, but I think this deserves to be in the top still. Lovely lovely beer.
Oh yeah, thanks to Moejuck for sending another bottle of this my way, much appreciated!
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Appearance: Pours a reddish, dark brown body with some gunky murkiness to it and a large, fizzy, tan head.
Smell: Pleasantly pungent aroma of heavenly, heavily caramelized sugars, golden raisins, and a gratifying waft of alcohol. Plenty of distinct bourbon barrel accents, too.
Taste: Dark, rich caramelly malts, tons of dark fruitiness, a spoonful of vanilla creme brullee, and with a big taste of brown sugar striking the palate. Nice, complimenting blend of woodiness and top-shelf bourbon. Faint, faint touch of roast picked up on the otherwise sweet, warm, and wooden finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Full carbonation that really fizzles up the mouth.
Drinkability: For me, it was more than a bit overcarbonated, but thankfully it delivered a satisfying tastiness to warrant fighting the fizzies.