Naka (717) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared with the exec board. Pours BLACK with a small dark beige head that lasts only for a couple seconds. The aroma is strong coffee, bitter chocolate, some butterscotch, caramel, and a very faint hint of the bourbon. The flavor has a pretty strong alcohol, but it is still very well balanced. Raisins and caramel with syrupy chocolate and lots of bourbon. Rich and creamy body. I’d love to get my hands on some more of this.
riversideAK (5830) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong oak and bourbon aroma with touches of vanilla and dark malty sweetness. Dark black pour with a thin lasting tan head. Big flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, roast, dark malts, alcohol. Alcohol is very noticeable, but adds to the beer in a way that sometimes detracts from others - if that makes sense. Dry oaky finish.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2010 10/15/10: Draught at TND: Sweet aroma of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, roasted malt, and light chocolate. Appearance: Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, slight alcohol, chocolate, slight ash, and oak. Medium to full body. Lightly tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Coconut, vanilla, roasted malt, light chocolate, Bourbon, and slight oak finish is lightly dry. 12%ABV is noticeable in the flavor but not hot. Quite delicious. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.1
10/10/08: Bottle: Sweet aroma of bourbon, chocolate, licorice, alcohol, vanilla, oak, and dark fruits. Poured black in color with a small tan head. Opaque. Medium sweet flavor. Tastes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, licorice, alcohol, roasted malts, and coffee. Full body. Thick, viscous texture. Soft to average carbonation. Bourbon, chocolate, semi-dry finish. 7/4/9/4/15=3.9
waolsen (1373) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. thanks glkaiser. black coffee pour with thin head. rich woody beautiful aroma. enourmous rich oak raison, chocolate, coffee, caramel sugar. nice bourbon flavor through finish.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, at Monk’s cafe "World’s Most Expensive Beers w/Stephen Beaumont" dinner March 12, 2008.Poured deep black, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, with oak, raisin, coffee and chocolate nuances. Big chocolate flavor, with bourbon, espresso, oak and vanilla. Smooth body. Delicious.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark black with a thin tan head. Smells rich and syrupy with vinous, dark fruit, oak and oil notes. Potent taste!! Clears up the nostrils for sure.. Smooth and slick with notes of espresso, chocolate, vinegar, dark fruit and a slight nuttiness. Freaking beautiful.
Pailhead (6017) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma has lots of chocolate and bourbon, along with some buttery vanilla and mild roastiness. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a half inch beige head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate bourbon, vanilla, light fruiht, and light roastiness. Medium-full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle courtesy of Naka. Oak and vanilla heaven, a super aroma. Sweet and velvetty. Dark black with thin tan head. Oily viscous body with medium carbonation and a bunch of warming. Great oak, vanilla taste, with sweet and alcoholic warming. Great malt flavor. Chocolatey and smooth. Just a great beer and a super way to finish up the evening.
undsioux7 (868) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours blck with a good sized dark brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, raisons. Taste is bourbon, alchohol, chocolate, sweet malt, but not cloying. A bit too boozy.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, alcohol, chocolate. Flavor is lightly sweet with a bit of a bite at the end. Nice mouthfeel. Too much alcohol comes through.