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 (218) - 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.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark, near black with some redness in the light. Not much visible carbonation, just some big soapy bubbles. Very smokey aroma. Some nuts, chocolate powder. Similar flavors of smoke, chocolate, and some bourbon. Sticky in the mouth. Definitely a unique beer, and outside of the appearance, itís wonderful stuff.
broncoman (8) - new monmouth, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
wow, wow, wow. the perfection of the dark ale. rich bold flavor of a stout, with the bitternessoftened with incredible vanilla, and enriched with oak. mixed in this complex bew are hues of coffe, and hopps. this is an awesome brew, so rich, enjoyable and easy drinking. i plan to stock this brew as much as i can get.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Town Hall. Small glass appears black with brown highlights with a small sustaining head. The aroma is malty and woody. The flavor is solid sweet malt with a yeast component, wood, vanilla, and peat to keep it balanced. The body is super smooth. This is awesome.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Map Room. Nice flavor, but overwhelmed by the alcohol. I just couldnít enjoy this beer-- I wish they could hide the alcohol a touch more to let the beer flavors come through.