chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I happened to be in San Diego for the first time the weekend of the release, so I stood my happy ass in line and got some of this great beer. Finally opened a bottle up tonight, and it was a gusher. Take a long time to pour without an overwhelming amount of head. Pours dark brown/black with a thick tan head. Fantastic aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Nice mouthfeel, it doesn’t even seem like a barley wine. Nice caramel flavor, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Amazing beer.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. Is it great? Yeah, its awesome. Is it better than the original? I’m not sure. It may be. Bottle exploded with carbonation. Full, rich mouthfeel. Touch of bourbon with caramel and vanilla. I love you, tomme.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is heaven.....smells like vanilla bourbon goodness and tastes like it too....it is not a barley wine for sure.....pretty much beer perfection in my book!
highibus (737) - Vail, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First of all, what a wonderful aroma. Probably the best I have ever smelled. Lots of vanilla, oak (bourbon) and sweet esters. Deep brown mahogany with a huge tan head. Flavor of wood and sweet fruity esters. Bold, but not alcoholic. Beer finishes well. An excellent beer.
Thanks again to cbkschubert for a great share.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma of Bourbon and wooden barrels along with some caramel malt. As Ipopped the cork had a gusher to deal with kind of took me by suprise with the foam stain still visable on the pool deck. Decent lacing and some setiment found on bottom of glass. Dark body with foamy head a puor to remember. Carmael and bourbon alcohol flavors are most prevelant. Sweetness lingers on a dry palate yearning for some water. Solid brew may of just maded he price of sinners membership which I thought was little high worth it.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of Dunk. Thanks a bunch! Pours a murky brown color, with a small light brown head. Light bubbles hug the edge of the glass. Smells of sweet bourbon notes, loads of caramel malt, with traces of dark fruits, but they are seemingly almost drowned out by the majestic bourbon. The flavor is a wonderfully blended combination of that ever present bourbon, rich syrupy malts, caramel candy, and a biting alcohol presence that seemed appropriate for this beer. Some vanilla and toffee notes along with a fluter of oak and light cream. Great balance for this style of beer. i came away more impressed with this beer than its brandy barrel aged brother.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7oz. corked and caged bottle from Sinners release. Opens with a loud pop and some fizz, but pours a beautiful deep ruby brown with a foamy tan head that leaves nice sheets of lace. The aroma literally explodes from the bottle and pour, releasing rich vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, and a host of warming, enjoyable, and amazingly blended others that are too numerous to identify; a phenomenal aromatic experience. The flavor integrates the nose very well, with more vanilla, toffee/caramel, dark fruits, bourbon and oak. The bourbon is well integrated and not overly done. Only slight warming, otherwise the alcohol is well hidden. The only notable detraction is that its a bit over carbonated right now. VERY drinkable, undoubtably incredible, and the only real disappointment in the entire experience is that it ended...
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2009 bottle courtesy of mgumby: pours a good dark caramel brown with a decent creamy off white head. aroma is bourbon, slight fresh herbs or grass, some caramel, not as over powering as i would think. flaovur is exceptionally smooth, good dark caramel malts alittle roast, good oak and bourbon excellent.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
An explosive opening burst out the heavenly aroma. Lots of caramel and dark fruit with underpinnings of bourbon. The beer is a very dark and slightly murky mahogany colour with a thick fizzy brown head. Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol are prominent in the flavour. There is a bit of oak and yeasty flavour n there as well. One of the more drinkable big barley wines out there though I think it’ll improve a bit with age.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle. Vanilla, char, chocolate, alcohol, dark alefruit in the aroma. Opaque brown-red, with a large rocky light brown head. Smokey vanilla and woody flavors, prominent spirit character. Dark alefruit, caramel, vineous notes. Some nuttiness and residual sweetness and whiskey in the finish. Mouthfeel is a medium heavy, somewhat hot.