MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - (secret santa cousin Rich) - Aroma is vanilla, oak, slightly roasted chocolate malt, and a touch of bourbon. Pours like cola with a very small head and good lacing. Flavor is sweet vanilla and oak. Aftertaste is roasty and milk chocolate. Palate is syrupy and smooth. Very strong flavors that have to challenge each other for attention. Interesting and different.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dark pour with good sized head lots of lacing. Aroma was chocolate, vanilla, and malt. Flavor I thought was best described as a dry watered down chocolate milk. And the mouthfeel reminded me of that as well, thin with a nice finish.
drpimento (2086) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured with a creamy, frothy, foamy, light tan head that lasts with lots of lace. Great roasty, malty, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and the claimed whiskey aroma. Taste was similar but also a dairy cream taste and mouth feel along with distinct alcohol. Very pleasant finish. Just put on draft today at Bodega downtown La Crosse. They have bottles too.
TerryR (383) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts and dark fruit. Murky brown color with tan head that quickly disappears. Sweet malt flavor with notes of vanilla and alcohol. Lingering hop finish with strong vanilla presence. The more I drank this the more I enjoyed it, but I agree with Dogbrick that it doesn’t quite live up to the cool name.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of my 17 Beer Sampler at the Brew Kettle. Draught: Pours a very dark brown with slight tan head. Very roasty and malty but also with a slight hop kick in the aftertaste, kinda bitter on one side but also kinda smooth on the other, very complex beer.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of vanilla and bourbon. A little too syrupy sweet.
Dogbrick (7123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark walnut color with a medium beige head and nice lacing. The aroma has a light smoke character, along with sweet malt and hops. Medium-bodied with a nice oak undertone. There is a nice mixture of toasted malt, smoke, bourbon and muted hops. The finish is rather short and mildly sweet. Doesn’t quite live up to the cool name, but enjoyable all the same.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark amber pour with minimal head. Nose is oaky, sweet with vanilla and chocolate, and bourbon. Palate is way too thin and watery for a beer this strong. Flavor starts nicely with tones of malt (vanilla/oak/spice) but becomes dominated by too-sweet bourbon. This is close to being good but is really hampered by the watery palate and the over-accentuated bourbon character.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is a roasted aroma with bourbon undertones to the beer. The color is a deep a rich black with a decent tan head. The flavor has a chocolate and vanilla character with a slight hint of bourbon. The finish on the palate is smooth.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 22oz bottle. Pours a dark black color with a light off white head that recedes quickly. Nose is lots of chocolate, vanilla, light oak, warm milk. Taste is cocoa, hersheys syrup, light vanilla, some dark fruits, malted milk balls, a ligh tbitter finish and a pretty dry experience.