egajdzis (5152) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Poured a dark black color with a ring of tan bubbles that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma of roast, ash, chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla, bourbon, caramel malts, and alcohol. Taste of dark fruit, some tropical, sticky molasses, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon - alcohol.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 year old bottle, batch 1. Lets just call this rating 1200. I had planned on it being so but then I drank too much and hit it with my backlog.
...and while on the subject of being a drunk, this beer definitely makes me feel like a boozehound. Because holy hell is this boozy. Someone pass the vodka.
Really, it’s not that bad -- but a cold, cruel bourbon dominates the aroma like gin in a martini. A thick, suitably viscous palate carries a sludgy, plummy chocolate syrup home. Pouring a droopy black with no head, this beer looks as punishing as it tastes.
I reserve 3.9 for beers that are just short of great, and this beer is just that. Though a delight to drink, the booze is just too hot to rank amongst the top.
hopdog (8443) - 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 (15292) - 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 (4384) - 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 (1698) - 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 (1858) - 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 (3258) - 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 (5512) - Same Trailer, Different Park, 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.