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 (1778) - 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 (1897) - 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 (3299) - Branson, Missouri, 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 (5673) - 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.
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 (923) - 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.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 (on tap @ the ba bistro fest.)black body with a nice brown head that leaves lacing.light bourbon,chocolate,cocoa,and belgian yeast.alot like the old viscosity but a bit smoother.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours dark with no head at all. The aroma is dark fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet, oak, bourbon, vanilla, figs, raisins, dark chocolate, with a bitter alcohol finish. Excellent brew.
Marsiblursi (2993) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, thanks Sprinkle) Pours dark brown to black. Fat and complex aroma with heavy tones of bourbon, Stilton cheese, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla and dark dried fruits like raisins, figs and prunes. Undertones of rum, espresso, liquorice, dark honey, tar and subtle tones of candid fruits. Heavy salty and bourbon tones in the flavour alongside liquorice, dark chocolate, tar and espresso. Also notes of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, rum, dark fruits and maybe a just a touch of smoke. A bit sweet. Round, fat, oily and a bit fiery mouthfeel. Bourbon, chocolate, liquorice and brown sugar lingering in the aftertaste. Near full bodied. Hot and extreme but fantastic.