DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 Sampled from bottle at Pre-DLD! April 2008. Oh, yes. Very black and oily. Nose shows some nice fruits that in the wrong hands could make it taste like cough syrup, but not here. Instead, some nice plums and currants. A little roastiness that tends it toward a stout. A great warmer of a beer.
Additional sample, Sept. 2010. With a few more non-beer geeks around trying this evil looking black tar, I got more interesting comments. Godiva Chocolate of Liqueur. Red Wine. Even Jaegermeister. Prunes. Just goes to show, itís very complex, eh?
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you After4ever/Tom for this fantastic beer! itís pitch black with a delicious, creamy and lasting head. The aroma is vinous with notes of oak, vanilla, licorice and coffee. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour is complex with notes of bourbon cask, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice, coffee, a bit of chocolate, preserved figs, and even if itís incredibly full-bodied itís also very smooth and harmonic. Itís really nice indeed!
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Oldsmar Tap House. The flavor is loaded with sweetness and bitter hops, as well as a mild oakiness. The high alcohol content is not very noticeable. Good stuff.
malrubius (1854) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste in a snifter at Oldsmar Tap House. Dark dark brown with flat head. Port chocolate tar and mild alcohol aroma. Port chocolate coffee brown sugar and fruityness with medium finishing bitterness. Medium-full body and low carbo. Mild alcohol finish. Extremely complex and enjoyable.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 400th rating. Bottle, courtesy Tony at Oldsmar Tap House. Yikes, thanks for this treat, Tony. Pours pitch black as expected. Good head on this one. Lots and lots of lacing. Aroma is big, and port-like. Fitting that itís from Port Brewing. Caramel and bourbon work together like a dynamic duo. Raisin and licorice thrown in for good measure. Flavor is big and roasted. Caramel, and some slippery vanilla. Some hefty chocolate notes in there, too. Not sure how to classify this exactly...but itís delicious. Very soft body, making this incredibly drinkable. Very bright, too. Really enjoyed this one.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to Thaddeus for this gift. A brown to black color with a rich dark brown head. A wonderfully rich aroma with dark fruits, vanilla, and cherry. Full bodied and creamy with a warming alcohol presence. The bourbon barrels donít overwhelm the flavor. A nice bite at the finish.
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and oak with some notes of roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice notes of bourbon with some light oak with some lightly sweet roasted malt notes. Texture is somewhat oily with average carbonation and full body. Alcohol is definitely not too apparent and bourbon is well balanced. Very good over all but I have to admit I was expecting more character from this beer, this is easily drinkable and I would have never guessed the 12% of ABV.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to therealbastard for sharing. Pours like oil with small dark brown head. Aromas of burbon, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, oats, dark fruits, and burbon. Weird consistancy while drinking. From the flavors it tastes like a stout, but the body is way too thin. Way over-rated and way overpriced.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not exactly sure how to describe the flavor of this. It is very unique, but the main flavors are bourbon, vinegar, dark fruit, and smoke. The alcohol is really present in this one. If you donít like bourbon save it for someone who does. It poures blacker than my toejam, with a eight of an inch of brown head. Nose is all alcohol and smells very similar to the GIBCS. Good, but definately not great. Pretty dissapointed with this beer.
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Original rating 2008 - Thanks to eaglefan538 for this wonderful brew! The pour was a beautiful dark brown with just a little head and some mild lacing clinging to the glass on a swirl. The aroma was out of this world incredible with bourbon, vanilla, cocoa screaming at you and some maple...probably the best smelling beer Iíve ever encountered. The flavor followed suit, incredibly complex, rich and creamy, perfectly complemented by the bourbon, better than any bourbon aged beer yet. The mouthfeel was perfect as well...the carbonation level was perfect and this baby just coated your mouth and stayed there. Excellent. I might have enjoyed the Cuvee de Tomme just a LITTLE bit more, but other than that, Iíd be hard pressed to name a better beer. RERATE 2011 - Lansdale Brew Fest. This thing lacked the character from the first time around. Lots of bourbon in this one to the detriment of everything else which could be described as subtle. Some chocolate notes and a lot more "stouty" than I remember. Bumping this one down from the original 4.8 review.