Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark liquid with reddish highlights around the top when held to light. Nice mocha colored head and lace.
Smells of booze and dark fruits, dark dark malt: Chocolate and roasted variety.
Really incredible taste, Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, cream, hint of roasted malt. Bourbon level is high but not burninating.
Mouth is thick and low in carbonation. Warming feeling doesnít start until the end of the drink.
Just an amazing, amazing brew.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Iím rating two years side by side but they managed to be very similar so it counts like one. Pours pretty much black with huge chocolate head. Aroma is kind of lighter than youíd expect but has bourbon present along with some chocolate and toffee. Flavor is potent with bourbon, oak, vanilla and rich roasty malts. Smooth beyond belief. Not overpowering in the least and the alcohol is hard to find, this one really does not fall under the category of challenging huge beers but instead along the lines of well crafted and well balanced drinkable barrel aged goodness. Among the BB releases I find the 08 to be the most subtle at this time. Good lord I wish I had bigger bottles of this stuff.
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Brouwers. Cool thing is this sucker was tapped when Liquid Sunshine VIII met there. This was an awesome surprise. Dark black with nice chocolate head. Head sticks around for some time; nice looking beer. Nice pungent wood/whiskey aroma. Not a stout? As with Old Viscosity, I donít understand this, but oh well. Slight sweet chocolate aroma as well. Nice complex aroma. Very strong whiskey/alcohol at first, then a nice chocolate/wood taste after that. Very nice complex flavor. Very bold. Whiskey is strong, but I like that type of thing. Very rich and smooth palate. So glad to have tried this one. Overall, complex and strong. Get ready to try that whiskey. Great brew.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brouwerís Cafe, after someone else at the table (I forget who) talked them into tapping this, thanks to them. Poured black, with a thin dark-tan head. Really bourbony, almost too much. Toffee, mocha/chocolate, nuts, gorgeous molasses character. Starts very expressive, and moves right on into dominating from there. A huge beer, just over-dominated by the bourbon.
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle poured thin and black with no head. Sweet malty flavor with a bourbon aroma and lingering finish.
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours dark brown with a good brown head. The aroma is probably the weakest point of the beer, and is primarily coconut from the bourbon, alcohol, and a little chocolate. The taste is big on coconut again, but also brownies, alcohol, malt, and a little oak. Quite thick mouthfeel, smooth, and has a long finish. Overall this is a nice beer that is enjoyable, but quite simple--especially in the aroma. Thanks again, Andy!
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(375ml corked and caged bottle thanks to mar) Pours black with dark tan head. Nose is alcoholic, cumin, toasted spices. Taste is unsweetened chocolate, but one dimensional for me. Well carbonated and a great coffee linger which is the best part of this beer. Glad to have had this one.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a couple other versions of this as well, but this rating now is the 2008 375mL bottle. Clear deep deep brown with a dark mahogany two finger head, good retention. Aroma of clean chocolate malt up front with bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet scorched caramel and light smoke. Thereís also a bit of licorice. The flavor is much more boozy with burnt charred malts (which I donít enjoy) along with an odd sour grape character, though it isnít too strong. Dry finish with bourbon and charred malts, bitterness peaking around a 4. Full thick body with moderate carbonation. Smelled good, didnít taste as good.
Nuffield (4083) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla, propelled by alcohol, grape, port, chocolate. Better nose than flavor, except in the finish. The edge of the glass reveals colors that are cool. Lingers well. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 2009 bottle:
Lucious nose dripping with vanilla, bourbon, caramel, malted milk balls, chocolate covered fresh orange peel, authentic black licorice, and straight up booze. Pours dark but flat and completely headless...extremely uninviting. The flavors are big and harsh and there is not a single indication of carbonation whatsoever. The alcohol is hot and peppery at the back the throat...the chocolate is in your face and bitter...in fact, the bitterness, the chocolate, the hot boozy bourbon...it makes me want to fucking puke. I am draining pouring a $15 375ml bottle. I had the 09 on draft a few days earlier...I remember not liking it but then again I was comparing it to bourbon barrel santaís little helper at the time and everything tastes like shit compared to that beaut...I couldnít tell how awful this shit is. Now that I drink it alone...I can see what a putrid substance this shit is. I have 3 more bottles, ill probably drink one more when maybe Iím more in the mood for this style of beer. The other two Iím setting on fire and tossing into the lost abbey brewery during a drive-by maltov cocktail party. - 8-2-4-1-8.
What a hater...re-rate on draft at GABF 2009: With carbonation, it was easily one of the very best beers on the floor...smooth, silky, vanilla-induced bourbon bliss...if those bottles were carbonated, Iíd leave work right now and buy the rest of the them at wholefoods to add to my 3 i have in my cellar. Unfortunately, theyíre all flat.