trevor211 (1479) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Pours black - no transparency - but not the black hole that some impys do. The large mocha head lingers for a while. The aroma is of sweet chocolate, and lots of it. Also coffee and molasses, but mostly dark, roasty chocolate. Subtle hops are also present, lending a slightly piney aftertaste. This brew is wonderfully smooth, with flavor notes of velvety chocolate, roasty malts and freshly ground coffee. Itís a bit thinner than Iíd like - I want a stout this big to be syrupy while remaining clean... this is just a smidge thinner. Itís clean and smooth, but not as dry as Iíd normally prefer, either. Still - the aroma and flavor are wonderful, and this is a *fantastic* beer that surpassed its (relatively high) expectations.
sloth (2689) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small tan head, decent retention. Murky brown color. Woody, choco nose with laid back bourbony notes, nice. Full bodied and oily on the palate, nicely textured. Choco roast flavors, bourbon coming through in a balanced manner, not dominating the stout flavors. Nicely woody and towards the end some citrus and piney hop notes pushing their way through. Fairly dry finish. Chocolatey, whiskyish and lasting. Would of loved more to gnaw on. A real treat! Props to wolfman Steve! Thanks bro!
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Hophead22. Poured black with tan head with a nice light wood aroma. Flavor was bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some coffee. Very well balanced and the bourbon was not over done. very easy to drink and enjoyed very much. Thanks Tim.
thirdeye11 (5863) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a very thick black, with really nice lasting head with huge oily bubbles that coat the glass very well. Looks just like a stout should. The nose has sour, bourbon, and oaky wood. Taste is slightly of burnt toast, the wood comes out big time, and I taste the bourbon as well in this one quite easily. Very complex and nice.
corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black color thatís completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter colored edges and a two finger frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention, only slowly receeding into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Bourbon oaky aroma with lots of dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, toast, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, lactic creaminess and more bourbon. There is such a nice blend of oaky bourbon, chocolate and vanilla probably due to only 50% of it being bourbon barrel aged.
Very roasted silky chocolate maltiness with hints of bitter dark chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee bean, toast, oatmeal, dark fruits and subtle hops. There is a nice bourbon characteristic that is not too overpowering. Again, this is probably due to the fact that it is a blend of 50% regular version and 50% aged in bourbon barrels. Itís a nice change of pace to sip on a bourbon barrel aged beer that is complex and has other flavors shining through instead of being a hot bourbon dominated beer.
The roastiness is very prominent up front but is quickly balanced by the smooth silky lactic maltiness. There are a lot of sweet complex flavors going on here and the high ABV is very well masked. Only slight alcohol warmth in the finish making it very drinkable. There are some earthy bitter citrus hops toward the end which provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Recommended.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich diamond laced borwn head on black liquid. Rich dark chocale, espesso and light wood scent. HUGE mouth feel and flavour. Big ABV is assumed more than felt; just a warmth that slowly climbs. Big woody chocolate espresso beer.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Year Two (2009 Vintage): My god, this has some serious head. Uncontrollable, even! Its medium-brown head is stiff and strong. After two years of aging Iím surprised itís held up so well. The aroma is really, really good! For some reason it brings be back to childhood. The wood is strong, not soggy. The flavor is hard, sharp, and delicious. Itís soft in the mouth with hints in the finish of soft, sweet whiskey. I really like this one... woody, dark, and sharp! Aging has done wonders for this beer. I highly suggest it.
bhensonb (12969) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours black with a 5-finger creamy/foamy/clingy dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate and wood. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is oak, chocolate, burnt malt, and arguably vanilla. Or something. Really mouthsmacking. No heat. It just seems to get more chocolaty with time. Quite tasty. Seems to be alive. Seems to oscillate between oak and chocolate. Just canít get "bourbon" though.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour came out a bit frothy, I tried pouring as slow as possible down the glass but this thing just wouldnt stop foaming. Eventually I ended up with a dark cola like liquid with a 2 inch head. Sticky, thick, and lots of lacing. The nose was oak, roast, vanilla, chocolate. The taste was the same with hints of some smoke at the end. I didnít get any bourbon taste out of this though. Great stout from Pike. Cheers!
pintbypint (3075) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml brown bottle, capped, wax sealed, 2009. Black, opaque pour. Lots of light brown head, billowy, everlasting, with good lacing. Woody aroma with bourbon and vanilla, some alcoholic notes. Flavour had fudgey and dark chocolate malts, cocoa, coffee bean, slight smoke. Finish is bitter and woody, quick hit of bourbon, long roasty end, chcoolate covered coffee beans aftertaste. Full body with medium carbonation. Big, but not brash, flavours blend well without too much alcoholic interference, still a sipper.