Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a nice cap of beige head. The aroma picked up earthy and floral hops plus bright, prickly alcohol over rather non-descript black malts.. seemed to lack direction and balance. The flavor had a lightly tart opening with overly sweet black malts falling in behind.. earth and floral bitterness plus dry peppery alcohol surrounded.. hot and sugary-sweet with lots of residual sugars on the finish.. not so great. Medium-plus bodied, sharp, and bitter on the palate.. very warm at the end.. Iíll give this another shot if the price is right (someone else brings a bottle over ;).
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. The look is brown to black in color and does not have too much head. The smell is malts, dark fruits, sweet, coffee, and chocolate, and good. The taste is malts, chocolate, coffee, and sweet. Nice.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: Opaque pour with a light tan ring of head. Big aroma- hoppy presence with resinous earthy qualities (definitely those high AA N/W hops) mesh with some licorice, tobacco, and some dark toffee sweetness. Fluffy feel on the palate. Huge body with a boozy note, but dry with some woody notes (white oak) along with licorice, black malt, raisin, sweet tobacco and some mild bourbon burn. Fairly rounded for itís size. Well done.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, relatively fresh. Pours a dark cola-mahogany hue, appearing nearly black upon a quick glance. A tall head of light brown foam slowly fades away, leaving just a thin rim at the edge, skinny trails of lacing following behind. The nose is very much based in dark chocolate and softly roasted coffee, with a surprisingly staunch grass hop billing providing aromatic bitterness. Hints of dried cherry and other dark fruits emerge, perhaps a nod from the wine barrel, while subtle vanilla also stems from the charred oak. Thereís even a touch of sweet pipe tobacco thrown in for good measure, completing a complex and pleasing aroma. Flavors too show the grassy hoppiness, working with the coffee roast to add balance to the semi-sweet dark chocolate malt. Bourbon is subtle, but distinguishable, and a touch of dark red fruit lends complexity. The palate is a little thinner than expected, yet still substantial, transitioning from creamy to semi-dry and slightly ashy on the lingering finish. Though it shows very little alcohol presence for such a big beer, Iíd prefer a little oiliness here in place of the drying, vinous finish. Overall, itís a very, very good brew. I love the application of the wine barrel for everything except the mouthfeel. This tasty stuff is a few tweaks away from greatness.
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely pour resulting in a rich blanket of light brown head. Aromas from the wood are adding a wonderful balance of vanilla and sweet toffee candy. It reminds me of deep caramel. A delight to meditate on. Light to virtually no roast, only a slight astringency from the dark grains. The medium body allows the beer to quite digestible, lacking the undesired cloying that can reside in a less attenuated Imperial Stout. Bitterness is not overwhelming but brings enough balance to compliment the alcohol and add a very fine spice in the aftertaste. I am very impressed.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger VSK. Deep black pour. The nose is really intense. Lots of rich, sweet intense roastiness behind a massive wall of sweet bourbon. Lots of vanilla, caramel and sweet bourbon as well as a little bit of oaky astringency. The malts show a little bit of cocoa but even these are dominated by the bourbon characterÖ if you like bourbon, youíll like this. Sweet, rich and maybe a bit one-dimensional, but despite that, I like it.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of kiefdog
pours black, tan/mocha head.
aroma, of caramel, chocolate malts, grainy, coffee, light barrel, vanilla sweetness.
flavor, malty with hints of bitter hops, caramel and chocolate, some dark fruits with possible tobacco/smoked malts coupled with some roasted / coffee. Light vanilla, coupled with the bourbon though it retains some light bitterness.
TeamTrappist (829) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at barcade. Poured a midnight black with no head. Nose was full of coffee chocolate and vanilla. Full bodied with some decent carbonation a strange but very tasty mouthful.Lots of roasted malts with some dark fruits. Finished firmly bitter
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to MonieSoCal and Todd for this beer.
Black pour with a brown head, the flavors of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla really stand out. Itís got a nice, creamy mouthfeel and a very warm glow afterwords.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit pricey.
I was surprised to see this in Fresno, even if we are not too far from Paso....
Iíve gotta try this tho, donít even know what this is supposed to be, oh, there it does say on the label, duh...
Black Dark tan head
Pretty nice nose vanilla sweet mmm
Taste even better stout vanilla roasty [coffee?] now some earth in the nose
warm acohol glow
hop end nice
Iíd get this again
wish it was a tad cheaper...