gunsho (134) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
great english strong. beautiful pour of dark molasses and an opaque white head. notes of vanilla and oak. kind of like a bourbon in a beer. good for an old kentucky boy. nice weight for a strong ale, plays like a well brewed cafe on the tongue. really good.
on tap @ the map room
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent. I could have used more flavor - underwhelming. The coffee, chocolate and oak notes were lost on me. Besides the thinness, a good drink.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm, this one is tasty! Pours a dark mahogany color with a small, bubbly tan head. Minimal traces of lacing noted. The nose reveals bourbon kissed chocolate and mocha, with maple covered pecans and alot of oaky vanilla. The bourbon fumes are just enough to let you know its there. The flavor follows suit, with subtle bourbon pervasive throughout the malty, chocolaty, coffee goodness. A mild, earthy hop character adds balance. The vanilla component is such that it leads me to believe new American oak was used, as the woodsy character is similar to what a bold Napa Chardonnay might employ. Medium bodied and smooth, this one drinks easy for 9% ABV and shows no alcohol burn on the way down. This reminds me of Barley Johnsí Dark Knight, though much more tame in its use of the barrel. Great brew! Iíll be seeking out more for sure.
IrishBoy (3998) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Soonah; nose of chcolate, coffee, oak, and light fruit and vanilla notes; clear dark brown with a medium beige head; flavor of nuts, light berries, chcolate ,and light hop bitterness in the finish.
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is very dark brown with a little cream colored head. The nose is very enticing, lots of vanilla, butter, and oak,and quite vinous. The flavor is good, but doesnít live up nose. A fairly good strong ale.
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark. Pourse with a nice tan head and leaves a big eye of lace. Smells and tastes of vanilla and chocolate. Nice and creamy, heavy in the mouth. I wasnít sure what to expect when I purchased this, but Iím glad I did. Iíd definately drink this again.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Michigan Wintr beer festival 08. Had two different vintages. One the most recent, the other a 2005! The 2005 is a very different beer, so that goes in parenthesis where the two beers differ. Dark brown with little head. Subtle sweetness. Fruity oaky smells. (The nose is a bit sharper and fruitier on the 2005). Small bubbles and a subtle body to it. The nose predicts the flavor well. A bit of oaky sweetness. Dark malt. Vanilla sort of bourbon is less dominant than I remember previously (Some odd Jolly Pumpkin like bite inhabits the 2005, yummy!). This works. A big clean beer. The score is this higher for the 2005 version.. the other deserves a bit of a bump down, .2 points maybe.
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extreme Beer Fest 2/15/08: Hmm, this tasted like a stout to me. I also tasted coffee, raisins, and prunes. There was a background sweetness in the taste. Enjoyable.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: First off let me preface this by saying that Iíve had this brew multiple times, draft and bottle, and finally have gotten around to rating it. Even though there is no date on the bottle, I believe this is a fresh one. This is so much more balanced than I ever remember it being.
Dark brown pour with a minimal, white head. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and subtle oak aroma...not much bourbon. Medium-full bodied mouth feel, very creamy throughout. The flavor pretty much emulates the nose, again with a very subtle oak characteristic that is much more enjoyable than it has been previously. If this is where this brewís headed from now on, Iím going to buy up as much as I can.
barleyandhoppy (9) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber, dark as coffee with very little head, flovor of cappucino and very clean finish