antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 Draft, 2005 Version. I had tried this beer before, and was not impressed, but the latest version was fantastic. Poured a dark ebony with a thick tan head. The aroma is fairly sweet. The initial flavor is of sweet dark fruits, with a hint of liquor burn that quickly fades. This could be a dangerous beer with the high alcohol level!
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured to a dark brown color. Aroma was of dark fruit and slightly sweet. The flavor was of the same, with some bitter thrown in. Not bad, but not as good as I expected.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and almmost black with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet and not too strong. Taste is very sweet at first with a sharp hint of liquor. Malt is balnced with the sweetness taking over... and very tasty. Great brew here!
Goblincat (378) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours real dark with a light brown head. The nose is a mix of malt and Jim Beam. Very interesting once it hits the mouth... A real bubbly sour malt creates a unique taste and makes every drink an experience. I will be getting this again in the future.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with modest short lived head. Moderate aroma of bourbon,mild oak and vanilla. Initial taste is watery bourbon with some oak and hints of vanilla. Decent beer but could use some oomph in the mouthfeel. Not as fullbodied as the taste would indicate. O/W nice. 22 oz bomber,$6.59
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber. Vanilla, molasses, and dark dried fruits are abundant in the aroma of this dark mahogony/brown ale. The aromas carry through to the taste but in a much more muted form. Hints of Bourbon and wood are also present.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle with a blurb about the ale on the back of bottle and no freshness date. Made a good appearance, poured a opaque dark Coke Cola brown with a large pale tan foamy, cake-like head and a good deal of ringed sticking. For a strong ale, had largely a clean aroma, an oak woodiness, a whiskey-ness and a sweet alcohol aroma. Good carbonation and a sweet, alcoholic medium bodied mouth feel, good sipping drinkability. Had a good oak barrel taste, a nice, smooth dry fruity hoppy bitterness, an pleasant alcoholic bite on the tongue, and a dry hoppy, sweet bitterness in the finish.
kseecs16 (1175) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Poured a very dark opaque brown with an insane amount of tan head that took its time dissipating. Lacing was evident but not overly so.
Nice aroma that indicated the barrell aging and an overriding sweet chocolate scent. My first sip was quite a shock as the back of my tongue shot of some sour alarms, but either I adjusted or the beer mellowed because I enjoyed it mroe and more as it went on developing into a subduedly sweet brew with a smooth texture in the mouth. Warming, and as the beer itself warmed hints of oak and the malts became more prevalent, though I never did really sense any bourbon myself.
Solid beer but a rather inconsistent drink.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Denverlogan for this...Aayiiieeee!!!!
This one actually came in a dark 22 oz, silk screened bomber.
Appears a hazy dark brownish black with a small tan head that fades into a film. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of oaky lactose with cocoa, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas perhaps just knocked down a notch.
Mouthfeel is silky and creamy with mild carbonation. Perhaps one of the silkiest beers Iíve ever had.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Insane head pour. Insane. Diminishes sloooow with good amount of lacing. Beer is like a black hole, no light getting through. Smell is sticky sweet and complex. Taste is... surprising to say the least. Sour notes bombard and overwhelm anything else. As beer warms, as it took me over an hour to sip this one down, complexities start to arise. Sweet malt, laffy-taffy, cherry, prune, and whisper of caramel. Alcohol burns throat and nose slightly. Hints of grape bitterness at end. Alcohol definately not overwhelming, but warming. Very long aftertaste with a presence of sweet hop finish. Would rate higher, but sourness overwhelms. I wish it tasted like it smelled! Perhaps this would have been better with more age.