hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle acquired in trade with awaisanen (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, brown sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate. Bourbon is definitely there (good thing I used to drink and like bourbon). Medium alcohol in the finish.
anders37 (14708) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very black color with a small tan head. Roasted malty oak aroma with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Sweet malty oaky vanilla flavor with hints of chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Long malty licorice finish with hints of bourbon in the aftertaste.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 bottle from awaisanen, thanks!. Pours a deep black with a smaller bubbly/creamy deep tan head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and some tobacco. Flavor of...you got it, bourbon, vanilla, nice caramel/chocolate malt mix, licorice and some brown sugar. The bourbon in this one is there for sure, but just adds to the complexity and smoothness of this already solid brew. For 12% ABV, it’s not really there, even with all the bourbon notes.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big Wood Fest. Pitch black with big, dark head. Lots of oak and bourbon in the nose and taset. vanilla, chocolate and a large dose of alcohol. Awesome.
OldMrCrow (1618) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Tap at Brouwers Bigwood fest ’07.
Pure black with a full head and a lovely rich aroma of chocolate nougat infused with vanilla bourbon. Flavors are alcoholic, heavy raisin, chocolate toffee, a hint of cherry cough syrup. A bit sweet. Thick palate, notable alcohol.
Have I lowballed this one? Perhaps, but it really doesn’t hold up to some of the other exceptional beers I sampled at the fest. 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
2008 Bottle sampled Oct 2013.
Pours dark and thick with an tan head into a Duvel tulip. I wanted something big and boozy tonight, and this fits the bill. Burnt cinnamon toast, chocolate, and heavy bourbon vanilla. Flavor is a bit more sour than one expects and perhaps a touch less sweet. Cocoa nibs late as the bitter-sour sweeps through. As before, the aroma offers more than the flavor can deliver. I wonder if it’s already starting to thin out with 5 years in the cellar. The original rating seems to be in the right ballpark.
tomthompson89 (1837) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
very thick, like an oil slick, big oak and bourbon on the nose, soo boozy!!! flavor had some good malts with nice choc notes as it warmed some dark fruits in there to and again boozy, intresting beer, at beer bistro
alexanderj (3193) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of the2007 release. Poured a dark brown/black with a light brown head. Aroma was heavy on the bourbon and dark fruit; hints of vanilla, oak and tobacco. Flavor had a good amount of bourbon and oaky flavors, which gave way to roasted malt and dark chocolate. Other notes of flavor were vanilla and dark fruit. Alcohol was only somewhat hidden, with some light throat warming. Good beer.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nov 2007 release. 375ml bottle. Black with a slight tan head. Huge bourbon nose with charred wood, blackened malts, and alcohol. Smooth, slick mouthfeel. Fantastic burnt malt, charred wood and whiskey vanilla flavors. Leaves a boozy whiskey taste on the breath to finish. A damn fine barrel aged brew. I ’m cellaring a couple bottles to see what happens here.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 Draft at The Bistro BA Fest 07. Dark brown with a tan head. Sweet aromas with some dark fruits and bourbon notes. Sweet with tons of fruit notes. Slightly woody with pronounced bourbon notes. Pretty hot.
Re-Rate from a bottle. Bourbon, chocolate and alcohol notes. Tons of dry, bitter chocolate with almost cherry fruit presence. Very hot. Alcohol aftertaste with a lingering coffee note.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Many thanks to whoever shared this....it’s been so long that I don’t remember! Black pour with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dry wood, dark fruits and spices. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and rum-soaked raisins. Medium-thick body, boozey/sweet with a dry/sweet finish.