ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thick & heavy bourbon barrel delectable that gets better as it warms toward room temp. 2009 bomber with black wax seal. Oaked bourbon aroma with tons of roasty malts and a little bit of funk. Head is alive! Takes several minutes to subside, even with a careful pour. Taste is dry cherries, espresso coffee beans, Kentucky bourbon, beef jerkey, and dark dried fruits, all infused with peaty Scottish tea. Chewy with a dry mouthfeel on the finish.
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Old Bawdy is good, but with this masterpiece, Drew has arrived as a truly formidable Master Brewer.
Pitch-black pour with a generous tan head that dissipates to a firm ring after a few minutes. The nose is roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of molasses, and the flavor continues this theme, but also reveals some dark fruit skins, a decided woodiness, although, despite a bit of vanilla ester, it seems almost more cedary than oaky, piney and citric esters from the hops,and a unique acidic quality that I havenít tasted in another beer since I tried Guinness Foreign Extra Stout more than twenty five years ago.
The body is perhaps a bit thinner than it could be for such a big flavored stout, but I think this increases the drinkability in what otherwise might be a too mouth- coating experience.
The flavor starts out almost a bit mild, but by the finish, it has explored some pretty intense depths, and that finish is crazy-long, and immensely rich.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big Wood festival. subtle flavors compared to my other samplings of the night. coffee, spicy oak, i got nice fig flavors. improves as it warms. completely exceeded my high expectations. brilliant.
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The nose is very hoppy, at least while young, with some stout behind the hops, but not much. Taste is bitter and dry, with alot of chocolate. Definitely not the best aged stout iíve had, far from it. Very drinkable tho.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Color was blakish plum w/ a purple cream head. Aroma was interesting with coffee, whiskey, choclate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Flavor was bitter with a sour coffe taste.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, thick black pour with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, oak and coffee. Very bitter chocolate flavor with notes of wood and coffee.
Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
650ml bomber poured into a pint glass. Iíve been aging this for a year, and after reading multiple reviews stating it wasnít aging well, I decided to see for myself. As expected, even pouring slowly, it poured pitch black with a huge, frothy head... and when I say huge, I mean HUGE! I can already tell thereís something wrong with this. Aroma is malty, woody, but overall metallic. Flavor is much of the same. I can tell this had some major bourbon and chocolate undertones, but theyíre too heavily masked by the metallic flavor. Palate is over-carbonated and dry. Sadly, I didnít drink the whole thing. Overall, very promising beer that turned out to have something wrong, maybe an infection.
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful dark brown with large, long-lasting tan head. Aroma of bourbon and coffee beans and a hint of vanilla. Flavor similar.
catface5326 (58) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark brown with a good bit of head poured from tap. Delicious malty raspberry chocolate taste. Awesome beer
Crel (37) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet aroma that reminds me of bubblegum ice cream. Jet black with a long lasting head. There is too much foam. Extremely strong alcohol favour with flavors of oak and bourbon being prominent. The palate on this beer is terrible, it practically evaporates on the tongue because it is so overcarbonated. There is definitely something strange going on with this beer.