dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wax topped bottle shared at the BA gathering. Poured a pitch black body with a super long lasting beige head. Aroma is fantastic with noes of vailla, bourbon, oak and chocolate pudding.The body is a little thinner then I was expecting being only a medium density compared to the pitch black body along with softer carbontion. The flavor is great but just a bit boozy and burnt compared to the aroma, notes of bourbon, chocolate, tar and burnt toast. Really nice stuff, just wish I had a whole bottle for myself.
boFNjackson (4110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured near black with a thick, frothy, light brown head. Very chalky, with lots of roast. Oak, brown sugar, not as much vanilla you’d expect from bourbon barrel aging. A good toffee and caramel, toasty sweetness too.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours an opaque black body with a thick brown head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, vinous, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and retained mint. Flavor of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, nuts, and dark fruit with a dry finish.
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bouteille partagée avec Greg
brun foncé, col moka.
arôme, beaucoup de notes de bourbon, malt grille.
goût, pétillante, bien grillée et torréfie, aspect fut de bourbon est léger mais donne un aspect agréable au palais et une note de pomme au palais sec.
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours fairly black color with a tan 2 finger head. The bourbon aromas are the first thing that hits me as I take a smell followed by dark roast notes and vanilla. As I take my first sip I soon realize the mouthfeel to me is just too light. I don’t think these bottles are infected but just that the carbonation level is fairly high for this style and really takes away from the beer. The tastes I get are the bourbon, oak, earthy, vanilla, and dark roast. Really the flavor I like but I just can’t get passed the carbonation. Too bad.
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 500 ml bottle (gold wax) and shared by DalzAle. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick and rocky tan head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt, fruity apple/pear, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of chocolate malt, bourbon with some noticeable apple and vanilla. Finish is dry with mostly a dark malt aftertaste with just a hint of bourbon.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by BOLTZ – thanks J! Pours pitch black with a creamy beige head. The nose is bourbon, cocoa and roasted malt. The taste is dark fruits, sweet bourbon, dark chocolate and coffee with some hop bite in the finish. Medium prickly mouthfeel. Nice stuff.
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice dark black hue. Small tan head. No retention or lace.
S: Aromas of nice roasted malt. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, and dark fruit.
T: Wonderful roast. Lots of chocolate, coffee, and sweet molasses. Light barrel notes. Hints of oak, coconut, and vanilla. Complex, tasty and good.
M: Medium in body, sweet with perfect barrel notes. I thought it would be infected but I picked up none of those notes. Nice and tasty. Worth the trade.
D: Nice and drinkable. Tasty goodness in a bottle.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive latte head rises above a dark mahogany body...lots of lacing left inside the glass. Aroma shows lots of wood, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is filled with barrel, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and ash. The carbonation is distracting and incredibly prickly. This one sizzles on the tongue. Pretty good but not outstanding.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade with vikinghammer. Pours with a black body and a huge tan head. Aroma of pear, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and barrel. Taste is chocolate, nutty, and maybe the start of a light infection. Some tannins. Very lively carbonation.