Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours a black with a light almost no tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with dark roast. Taste is roast, but does not hold a full creamy mouthfeel. Decent, kinda weird.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught from Sugar Maple. Dark reddish-brown with medium tan head. Sweet aroma of butterscotch and caramel. Very sweet taste of more of the same, some roasted malts along the way. A little sticky but overall I liked this one.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is good but could be great. The lack of carbonation really damages this beer. Lots of vanilla roast taste. Sweet. It looks like a flat Coke. :(
UnsofistaCat (238) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At first it had a strange doc pepper taste. sliky and smooth. not very oaky though. no head. and a kind of over powering sweetness. all and all...not bad
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was unsure what to expect from this beer, and it surprised me upon the pour for two reasons: 1) it was much darker than expected, and 2) it had almost no head. First had a few huge bubbles and then it kind of fizzed when coaxed, but disappointed by the carbonation. Nose of vanilla, oak, soy sauce, bitter chocolate. Taste added more malt and caramel to the flavors on the nose. A little cloyingly sweet at first but a lovely aftertaste, with more coffee/chocolate coming out. Would rate higher if not so sweet.
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy malt presence, and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Strong vanilla undertones come through in the finish. A smooth, rich ale with a lingering pleasant flavor, The bourbon made its presence felt with a slight warming effect in the finish. It wasnít as woody as I was hoping for but still quite enjoyable. I definitely recommend it.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 Light hints of mocha and caramel form a nice malt backdrop, with a little bit of vanilla, oak, whiskey, and some fruit, like grapes and prunes. Big and forceful, but slightly off aftertaste.
FlipperSipper (14) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! This beer tickled my fancy. At $16 bucks for a 22oz? I was not dissappointed. Poured a Deep Black with a light foamy, rapidly dissipating head. I definitley got a touch of wood on the aroma and a very light sambuca like licorice/anise aroma. Upon tasting it I was surprised how the aroma of the oak and licorice mellowed into a black tart cherry mixed with coffee and a hint of bakers chocolate, light smokiness but almost not worth mentioning. This beer was completely delicious, a real treat.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark cherry-black with almost no head whatsoever, similarly absent lacing. Notes of oak, chocolate, vanilla sweetness on the nose. Bourbon warmth on the somewhat thin palate, hints of tart berries, charcoal smokiness, wooden hop profile. Finishes slightly minty, with a bitter chocolate character. Not what I was expecting or hoping for, but still nice in its own right.
zootfinster (209) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark Malty brew with noticeable alcohol contend. Nice carbonation. Small light brown head. Aroma, sweet and malty. Fruity malty and sweet taste. A really delightful brew.