gehenherzog (1) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black with a finger mocha head. Dissolves quickly but leaves tremendous lacing
Smell is of rich chocolate, bourbon and slight hint of coffee. Wonderful.
Taste is very creamy. Nice chocolate flavor. Nice toasted coconut flavor and very slight bourbon, oak wood flavor on the back end.
Thick but not too thick. Perfectly carbonated.
Dangerously drinkable. Poured a couple while I was at Duckworthís. Couldnít get enough of it. The alcohol is very well hidden even though itís not a "huge" beer.
This is my favorite beer and canít wait til itís released again at the end of the year. IF you havenít tried this beer, do whatever you can to try it. Itís worth the hype and some.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma:There is a huge chocolate aroma on this beer. Next comes a great bourbon undercurrent. There is also a little vanilla. This aroma is amazing, I must have spent 5 minutes just smelling it.
Appearance:Black, deep mocha colored head with OK retention.
Taste:The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of chocolate up front, and then comes the bourbon. The bourbon flavor isnít huge and hot, itís definitely there but well balanced. On the aftertaste, thereís some vanilla and dark fruits.
Palate:The body on this beer is thick and creamy, and thereís a little astringency towards the aftertaste. The carbonation is low to medium, but well suiting of this beer.
Overall:This is a wonderful chocolate beer thatís smooth and really well balanced. Thereís not much age on this beer, but itís already amazing, and I can only imagine how this one will age.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to kubrick215 for bringing this to our tasting.
Pours pitch black and comletely opaque with a two finger frothy dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
Complex aroma with a good balance of earthy hops, sweet alcohol, honey and bourbon barrel. Hints of earthy pine up front along with a nice, prominent bourbon character. Hints of sweet spirit and oak as well as a healthy dose of vanilla in the nose.
Viscous, chewy medium body thatís on the filler end with lots of luscious, silky chocolate malt, a very prominent hop forward bitterness, earthy oak, vanilla, honey and almost the perfect amount of bourbon. Iím shocked how hop forward this beer ie with a nice combination of bitter earthy pine qnd sweet citrus notes. This is countered mid-palate by a sweet chocolate malt, honey and licorice flavor. In addition, there is the perfect touch of barrel aged notes, especially sweet liquor, earthy oak and tons of vanilla and marshmallow. I was expecting much more of a bourbon bomb but this beer is incredibly well balanced, complex and absolutely delicious.
This beer absolutely lives up to the hype and is very similar to í07 Darkness. I know this beer has high ratings but I was a bit skeptical going in. I have to say this beer destroyed my
expectations and is really amazing. Please drink this fresh to enjoy it at itís fullest potential.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: On draft and from 22 oz bomber this beer pours solid black with a brown 2 inch head that fades quickly.
S: The beers smells like a bourbon stout should with dark roasted malts, chocolate, smooth bourbon and some residual molasses.
T: The taste is what does it for me with this beer. You are assaulted with the aforementioned malts and chocolate initially. The taste develops into a nice vanilla/coconut bourbon that is still holding onto the chocolate. And finally it finishes sweet with the honey and chocolate following through. These guys did a great job of making something just complex enough and not over the top that it is actually very drinkable!
M: The mouthfeel is on par with some of the best bourbon stouts that I have had. The carbonation level seems to be just right but I would still like it to be a little more viscous.
D: At 8.5 ABV and the taste not fatiguing your palate this beer is very drinkable.
Kudos to Olde Hickory for a great job on this beer, highly recommended.
zizzybalubba (1255) - 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.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
3200th rating. 22 oz. bottle via BA trade. Most recent release, late 2011, I believe. Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no head. Big, rich aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak, roast, dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon that provides a little bit of warmth. The flavor hits all the same notes, with rich roasted malts, lightly charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, honey, and molasses. So rich and yet so well-balanced. Finishes roasty after starting more mellow. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty, smooth mouthfeel. Man, this was good. My "Best in Show" for the tasting at which I opened it.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle courtesy of spencedb, thanks a ton for this this awesome surprise! this is a very nice brew all around. the pour is very black with a dark brown head that is cascading, plentiful, and leaves lots of spotting and thick porous lacing. the aroma is deep and dark definitely, lots of dark pitted fruits, raisins, prunes, cherries, currants, tons of bittersweet chocolate, cacao powder, tobacco, molasses, etc. the taste is similar, and aside from it all the PVW barrels add a very nice note to this one. the base beers shines thropugh wonderfully, and is very nice, and it has a very nicely done barrel profile, not overdone by even the most discerning ba critics standards. chocolate, marshmallows, slight chicory, lots of earthy deep notes, tons of fruit and then a nice barrel around it all, really helping the beer shine. i love over-barreled beers, but this beer really is a very nice example of what it can add. the palate is thick, oily, tarry, sweet, bitter, creamy, all very nicely balanced as well as the flavor. great stuff, not sure why its not getting more hype.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff smells like straight up chocolate syrup; 90% cacao dark chocolate and vanilla. Delicious flavor has tons more chocolate. Not sticky sweet, but very rich and light hints of toasted nuts. Just superb.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz, black waxed bomber, courtesy of a generous SC/NC trader on BA. pretty excited to try this one, actually. pours a deep, rich, oily black with a soft, one-finger, dark mocha head leaving beautiful, oily legs and drips of lace. aroma is absolutely stunning with huge notes of dark chocolate, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and rich oak backed by beautifully subtle notes of PvW bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruit tannins, and honey with just hints of expresso and vanilla as it warms. flavor is superb as well with the smooth, rich, subtle spice and wood notes of the bourbon barrels adding a perfect background to rich, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and coffee with hints of cedar wood, vanilla, earth, and sticky molasses on the back end. palate is perfectly smooth and silky with light carbonation and a richness found in only the best BA stouts out there with a subtle, smokey, spicy twist on the swallow that leaves just a whisper of bourbon and dark chocolate on the finish. overall, i was not sure about all the hype surrounding this beer but it damn sure did a good job of living up to it. outstanding BA imperial stout.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Originally reviewed: 12/13/10. Went to the OHB tasting at City Beverage in town this last weekend, and thought I was only going to get a sample of this, but to my surprise, they had it on tap! Score! Now I can muster the self control to hold my bottle for a little while longer. Enjoyed this one with a couple local BAs, mjmadden and EasyReader.
They poured this one into a pint glass, filled to the brim. A small mocha sheet thinly veils this evil-looking brew. On first whiff, this reminds me a liquid Hersheyís bar. Pure sweet chocolate. Notes of vanilla, oak and faint bourbon. This aspect is not as strong as Iíd expected, but thatís just fine with me. I prefer the roasted/chocolate tones to the boozy ones.
Excellent mouthfeel as this completely coats and warms the palate. Silky smooth. Soft finish. The bourbon quality complements this beer excellently, but is not in-your-face at all. Lots of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, mild cold coffee, honey, and hints of vanilla tannins. And only 8.50%, are you kidding me?! This was such a treat. I could sip this one all day. Best thing OHB has ever put out. For those that enjoy the big boozy BBA Stouts, this may not be your favorite, but I loved it.