omhper (17472) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks cquiroga! Very black. Aroma of oak, vanilla and licorice. Sweet and tarry, full bodied. Extremely strong barrel character, but then everything in this beer is very strong, so it kind of matches. Molasses mixes with chocolate, oak and vanilla. Salty licorice finish. The barrel aging has improved it, and made the rough edges less noticable.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Letís start by saying I love this beer. Straight out, it has some oxidation. I have quickly grown to love a little oxidation. Deep, deep, rich dark color and flavor. Flatish (needs better keg setup) and thus little head and the hops have aged out. Excellent.
Second rating: Wow, what a wonderful aroma: plums, fruits, and anise. slight oxidation after settling. 10,4.75, 8.5, 3.5, 18: 4.4
hellomynameis (872) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toffee aroma, Bourbony flavour that gets alcoholy as it warms. Lots of sweentess and tons ofl malt packed in here. I think I prefer this blended into the old viscosity, but itís a great beer on its own, just not awesome.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours out in a oily opaque dark brown colour, nearly black. No head. Big, dense aroma of toffee, sweet licorice fat buttery malts, dades with a ligght smokiness. Very full and chewy flavour of dried dark fruits, milky chocolate, sweet licorice, mild, spices, pepper, nutter and alcohol. Big, fat and chewy body. Long finish where alcohol shines through at times but the sweetnes of chocolate and licorice fudge dominates.
mabel (5043) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[272-20070413] Bottle (c/o mds, w/ him, blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev). Tart floral banana aroma has alcoholic wood notes and toasted caramel with some chocolate. Dark brown black body with a disappearing light tan head. Floral banana remains in flavour, has noticeable alcohol and is a little sour. Full body is manageably smooth. Unfortunately super boozy.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow probably one of the darkest poors i have ever experienced, very syrupy, excellent roasted aroma, packed with flavors that hide the 12% ABV very well, only downsides to the beer very little head, basically no carbonation, hard to come by and expensive.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Rating = í07 batch. Poured like motor oil, silky and syrup like. Incredible aroma!!! - bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malt - outstanding. This is easily one of my favorite brews! The straightforward beer in old viscosity seems to be a perfect barrel aging base. This doesnít get sticky bourbon sweet - but maintains a rounded character of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, oak, chocolate, and burnt malts. This is smooth, elegant, and warming while boasting the perfect carbonation. The finish delivers in style - long and wild. Iím in love. After trying the Fall í07 batch, all I could do was laugh (a bit more vanilla sweetness to balance out the hot booze of the í06). Iíve probably had this a dozen times and it never lets me down. This is very underrated in my book....
hapjydeuce (888) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Bottles both from OíBrienís Pub cellar and from the brewery in San Marcos. Incredible aroma of stained oak wood, bourbon whiskey and thick roasted malt. Good appearance, absolutely pitch f***iní black, even on the edges, pouring like true crude oil from the fields of the Middle East, hell, you might even be able to put this stuff in your car. Taste is dominated by the oak and bourbon, with notes of dark cherries, bits of sugar and finishing damn smooooooth with hints of molasses and warming alcohol from the high ABV of 12%. WOW. This has lower ratings than I expected, but being a big fan of aged/vintage Imperial stouts and very strong ales, this one was right up my alley!
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! I let this age several months which might have affected the experience. Dark pour like motor oil with a small tan head. Aroma of oak, chocolate, malt, bourbon. Flavor was magnificent with oak, bourbon, chocolate, malt, honey. The finish was smooth yet tingly from the alcohol.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Very dark pour with no head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Strong taste of oak and bourbon, as well as the coffee and sweet amlt.