skibumphishead (258) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass... cool picture of a guy drinking while changing the oil in an old-timey truck. Black as midnight and a tan head... smell is like an imperial stout... chocolate and alcohol... the mouth feel is perfectly thick. The taste includes chocolate, raspberries, with a hint of nutmeg and vanilla. The finish is smoky and smooth. This style usually too sweet to hide the double digit abv%... but this one is perfectly balanced... cheers to this brewery that is new to me!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle- Pours a pitch black color, small light tan head. When I say pitch black I mean it, we are talking motor oil here. Smelling this is delicious the myriad of chocolate notes comes out nicely and is simple yet effective. Drinking this reminds me of the best stouts around. Stout? Yes, this tastes like a huge imperial stout.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This poured very dark, kind of like motor oil ;)Dark body, almost no head. thin tan ring, nose was malty with hints of chocolate and bourbon. Some sweet ness and hint of%. now I catch trace molasses and vanilla, now brown sugar, This nose is deep, complex, and endless.
Well, there was chocolate, almost like a Hersheyís syrup mixed with the alcohol warming and bite of a strong ale. I could almost call this a porter or stout, Mouth was thick, very full. The small amount of carbonation carried the taste all over. There was some bourbon, really settled in my nasal passages. Thank you SS, I am really loving this, and I am very glad to be part of this site and to have had the chance to enjoy this.
PS strange, my bottle says %10?
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2007 22oz bomber, no date. Pours a dark dark brown--black, really--and a staying two finger creamy beige head. Very pretty. Aroma of coffee beans, a bit of grain, roasted malts, pine, light charred wood--though not necessarily smoky--, oatmeal and cereal. Flavor is very hot and alcoholic up front with alcohol, followed by some char, piney hops, lots of roastiness. Has a vinous quality throughout. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Seems more like this wants to be an imperial stout to me, but not quite. This will need to mellow a long time. Still good though.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy schnikes mother of all things pungent! Wow, this is a mouthful to be sure. Pours as thick as Penzoil 10/40 and the intial flavor is like a Mike Tyson uppercut to the jaw! I saw a few bottles for sale and grabbed 2, the other one will need to sit for a long time. This embibment is so complex that I donít know if I have had anything like it. The flavor really kicks in after you swallow, wow! Its a dark bitter sweet coffee chocalate prune flavorfest. I think i donít know what to call this, Porter, Stout, Ale, Syrup, all of the above. Freak, Iím gonna be toasted after I finish this thing.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 22oz bomber. thanks to alafito for this bottle. great label. pours a very dark (not pitch black) color with small head. aroma is really something special, super sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, smoke, dark fruits, vanilla, and piney hops. nose reminds me of expedition stout. mouthfeel needs to be thicker, otherwise this is probably an imperial stout? (i think it might as well be). taste has nice syrupy semi-sweet bitter dark chocolate notes alcohol warms on the way down (bottle says 10%, site says 12%), molasses, dark fruits, and caramel. gets better as it warms up. i do wish this had a bigger mouthfeel and gave into itís wannabe imperail stout ways but this really is great beer, the last 4 ounces were amazing...8/5/8/4/16=4.1...
9/11/07, with holdenn. We put the first batch (no portions barrel aged) cellar aged a year next to a 2007 vintage with portion aged in bourbon barrels and next to Older Viscosity (see that rating for results).
First batch (aged 1 year) 22oz bottle, pours black with very small tan head that quickly turned to having no head. nose is really bourbony (i thought this wasnít portion bourbon aged), rich caramel, and licorice. a really complex nose. flavor notes of chocolate, caramel, burnt roasty character, with a subtle bourbony and alcohol finish. 8/3/7/4/14 = 3.6
22oz portion barrel aged 2007, pours black with creamy tan head. nose is bready, nuts, and bakerís chocolate. flavor is chocolatey, lots of dark fruits, caramel, subtle alcohol burn, and nutty. mouth feel is pretty creamy. carbonation is smooth. flavor just doesnít seem very complex, and surprising that this was the least bourbon flavor of the 3...7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7.
The 3 beers were surprisingly very different. Iíd like to age the first batch another year and maybe it wonít feel so hot and harsh. The 2007 vintage could use a year or two to develop some complexity of itís own and maybe the chocolate and bourbon notes will come out more. overall, this beers score took a big drop from previous rating and i feel itís appropriate to use the score of the fresher 2007 vintage.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz - thanks Foolish_Mortal - Aroma is pungent dark roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, mocha and alcohol. Pours black with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma is itís strength, with the alcohol being a bit stronger. Palate is creamy and sticky. A very tasty can of oil. I would classify it as a Baltic Porter.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from AlohaC, thanks Christian.
Pours very dark brown bordering on pitch black.Oh and the bottle poured out like an 04 Dak Lord. Very nice. This was a treat for sure. Loads of flavor,this damn thing is pretty complex so if I miss something donít get angry. Molasses, thick Cuban coffee, Chocolate syrup.
TURDFERGUSON (3759) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating # 300. Bottle from Ty5592. Thanks Ty! Pours a dark dark brown with an off white head. Nose is very roasty-chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, wood, nutty. Flavors are similar to aroma, much roastier than expected with notes of cofee and chocolate that were unexpected. Very full bodied, yet a very nice and full balanced american strong ale. A nice beer that I would love to try again. Shared this one with some family friends. Someone remarked that this tasted a lot like Newcastle Brown. Ugh...well atleast heís trying.
BBB63 (5607) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bottle enjoyed this New Years Eve provided by Chris Q: Well it is darker than expected almost stout like in is appearance. There is not much head but the beer coats the glassware with a VERY OILY UNFILTERED film hence the name of the brew methinks. The nose is very much in the traditional olde English Vintage Ales with a heavy oxidized character along with a plum cake aroma topped by non-aromatic pipe tobacco, sea salt, bakers chocolate, vanilla bean, fine Indian washed coffee, and just a wonderful finishing earthy, smoky and dusty ester...Oh heck yeah baby!!!
The taste is a tad hotter than I would wish but the nutty, olde hop, cellar and dusty nature of a fine olde ale shines though never the less. Fruity and round throughout with a tribute to those damn canned fruit cakes nobody wants for Christmas. In the end a strangely unique dry, chalky, and powered spice undertone leads the drinker off into a visions of flight of fantasy. The mouth feel is once again a reminder of the moniker, oily and heavy for sure, the thickness near 2004 Dark Lord weight...I really dig this brew and hope that aging will temper the hotness without making it taste "too old". I will take another for the cellar hence forth.