Panzuriel (1258) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruddy brown liquid with a very full and lasting light tan head. Nose is a creamy and just a little sweet blend of malt and carmel goodness. Taste is a powerful and interesting blend of sweet, tart, nutty, roasty goodness and just a little bitter. Body is creamy. Finish is definitely a nice medium roast coffee.
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to kmweaver for this. Dark mahogony pour with a moderate head, good lacing. Aroma is darker malts like caramel and chocolate with some dark fruit notes and also vanilla. Lesser note of English hops. Flavor is the same, fairly sweet, slick mouthfeel. 9% is hidden well. Iím usually not a huge fan of this style but this was good.
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
HOLY $HIT!!! I just poured this into my glass and instantly got a glass full of head. Maybe 1 inch of brew to 4 inches of head. Seems to be a little overcarbonated to me. There was a great big pssst when I popped the cap also. Well, a huge head of rather large bubbles. Milky light brown in color. Very nice aroma. Lots of malts, a little vinuous notes in the background, some vanilla, spices, milk chocolate and lactose. A slight hint of oaky sourness also. Color is a dark chocolaty brown. Complex flavor. Roasted malts, hint of smoke, oaky sourness and some more grapes. A little dry and tart on the palate. Finish is sharp and dry with some lingering sourness (light) and a nice alcohol warming. Very good stuff. I did not know what to expect with this brew. I actually thought that is was a stout before I opened the bottle. Thanks to whoever sent me this one.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A round black beer that with a brown-white head. Silky and warm like a lady in lingerie. Ebony brown. Bourbon, oak, and dark chocolate. Tres nice.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at Samís/Chicago. Pours dark brown with ruby edges and a quickly fading beige head. Roastiness, caramel, oak, nuttiness and light alcohol in the nose. Flavor has notes of plum, raisin, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and brown sugar. Plesantly sweet, plenty of hop backing and bitterness. Medium bodied with a smooth texture, perhaps a tad thin along with moderate carbonation. Solid.
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Poured almost opaque deep chestnut, average creamy tan head. Lovely rich deep roast chocolate/caramel malt, yeasty and woody, soft hints of vanilla. Taste is initially a little metallic, which quickly resolves to a little sharp alcohol burn, then the sweet bourbon character rides with the chocolate malt to the forefront - lovely, smooth, rich and strong, this is good stuff! Decently thick body, creamy mouthfeel, the alcohol behaves itself in the finish, - this is a great malty medium-big beer and Iíll look for it again, the only knock is thereís that hint of metal in the taste.
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber. Thick dark brown and cloudy. A thin ring of head remains.. Intense aromas of caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Very smooth flavor and the alcohol seems to be well hidden. I will let this warm up to see if the flavor intensifies. Not quite as complex as an imperial stout, but still a good sipper.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown color with a tanish color head left okay lacing. Aroma was of coffee, vanilla some oak. Tasted much the same with some roastedness. Had a nice warming ness to it
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well I have to go against the grain with this review. I tried this initially as part of our weekly tastings, and decided to give it another chance. Second time around my mind is changed. The color is dark and powerful looking, with great off-brown lacing. The nose is that of very strong chocolate, vanilla, and some alcohol. The flavor is very smooth, with a nice chocolate vanilla balance to the alcohol and bourbon sharpness. The finish is fairly long lasting and exhibits a little hop character. All in all a good beer that definately improves as it warms, but I like to drink from 50 degrees down.
JK (4287) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like some beer with your bourbon? This is for you. Powerful bourbon aroma. Light brown color and lightly carbonated. A little sweet flavor, very heavy and thick with more bourbon in the flavor. Simple and one dimensional, and the alcohol flavor makes it a little hard to drink.