rbrazell (1315) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle with the most amount of wax Iíve ever peeled off. Viscous black pour with a small dark brown head. Big nose of bourbon, vanilla, deep roast, chocolate, wood and some coffee. Very rich mouth feel which displays tons of brownie batter, honey, vanilla, bourbon and coffee. The integration and balance of this beer is pretty awesome. Goddamn, this is good.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bomber. Poured very deep brown, near black, with a dense, well-retained dark beige head. The aroma picked up burnt molasses, honey, and a whole bunch of oak.. nice earthy bourbon, peppery alcohol, and chocolates came through on the next wave.. some barrel-y sourness was evident on the back of the nose.. I wasnít expecting to like it this much, but well-done. The flavor opened with tangy oak, rich bourbon, and a blend of coffee and chocolates.. honey and molasses really thickened up the core.. dry oak and peppery notes were laced throughout.. great base beer, and the barrel worked well with it. Heavier-bodied and thick on the palate.. just a tad sharp and disjointed at times.. overall it was excellent stuff.
CanIHave4Beers (2777) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle generously given to us by Durhambeer, graciously shared with me by my wife on the occasion of celebrating our daughters first birthday!
Pours a deep black with a medium sized brown head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The aroma has a nice dark fruit character to it with some plum and raisin. The beer is very sweet smelling and has loads of rich malt, vanilla, and fancy bourbon character thorughout the nose.
The flavor is sweet but not nearly as sweet as the aroma would have us believe. The beer has a lot of nice roasty notes and all together is very nicely bitter throughout. The dark fruit shines well here the way it does in imperial stouts that are much older than this one. The alcohol is mild but spicy, the bourbon is well integrated and not overpowering, and the burnt toast qualities are plesant without becoming astringent.
The usual Barrel Aged Imperal Stout is thicker than this, but this one pulls off a nice fullness at a lower gravity allowing it to be rich and full without being syrupy, not that there is anything wrong with big syrupy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, but this is a really successful change of pace from the norm.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012
Name: Event Horizon
Date: January 02, 2011
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, bourbon sweetness backed by caramel and honey, lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, bourbon and honey sweetness, dark chocolate bitterness, caramel and vanilla adds to the chocolate richness
Name: Event Horizon
Date: April 21, 2012
Source: brewfest hickory hops
rich chocolate and caramel. honey, oak, roast, can it get any better?
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: ***+ /4
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. Thanks for sharing Phyllis. Pours a dark brown with small light chocolate head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is chocolate, bourbon, some light oak and vanilla, as well as a bit of caramel. The taste is sweet dark chocolate, some bourbon, vanilla, and oak, and a bit of caramel. The finish is smooth with some light alcohol. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly enjoyable, but not great. Comes off a little bit too sweet.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap @GABF-pours a brown head with black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt-molasses, bourbon. Taste is sweet dark malt-molasses, bourbon, dark fruit-raisin/date/plum, secondary spice hops. Good effervescence.
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at GABF 2011. Black pour. Aroma of licorice and dark fruit detectable from 3 feet away. Dark chocolate and dark fruit flavor with a touch of espresso. Very nicely done and a true WOW beer.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to a couple guys for this.
4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is about average and a thick ring of lacing is left behind.
5.0 S: The nose exceeds any expectations Iíve had. This gives off rich and powerful, yet graceful aromas. Tons and tons of sweet milk chocolate with a soft, smooth roastiness. Lightly leathery bourbon nows enters the scene and in perfect proportion. The beer itself is easily the main attraction, but the bourbon adds an impressive sideshow. The bourbon itself is woody overall with oak and vanilla coming from the barrel. Sweet caramel and molasses, with the slightest touch of honey.
4.5 T: Bourbon and honey are much more prominent in the taste, especially the honey. Still a good bit of chocolate, but nowhere near as much as in the nose. Again, plenty of caramel and molasses with a soft roastiness. Light earthy hop flavor. Leather and a touch of char from the bourbon along with a good bit of vanilla and oak. Pretty much no booze. Honey gives itís distinct flavor in moderate proportions.
4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Quite heavy for the ABV. Good moderate carbonation. Woody aftertaste. Creamy, but I wish it was more so to give a velvety texture.
4.5 D: This is a very good beer, thereís no doubt about that. Iím not a huge fan of stouts that use honey so Iím a little negatively biased against this brew, but I would have no problem trading for it again. That said, Iíd say that the hype behind this is more than justified. If you like honey stouts, this is likely the best. Well done OH.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-14-2011 17:32:00
NC_LOCO (12) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark viscous pour with a beige head. Big roast and bourbon nose. Velvet body. Big roast, bourbon vanilla and coffee. Stunning
peteinSD (1183) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared at Woodshop. Dark black pour with a smidge of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is medium bourbon, some chocolate, and a light off-smell I cannot quite identify but itís not a positive. Taste is thinnish bourbon with chocolate, light roasted malt, and what seems like a tinge of oxidization.