dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2008: dark brown color, slight tan head, hint of lace. bourbon aroma is the first thing that hits you followed by chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. of course there is a woody, bourbany flavor that leads off, much like the aroma, quickly followed by chocolate and roasty malt, and hints of dried fruit. fairly complex flavor. oily mouth feel, sweet finish. quite enjoyable....
thewolf (11875) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. <b>[thank you, after4ever]</b>
Pours almost black with red edges. A small fizzy off-white head that soon disappears. Great, full aroma. Tobacco, caramel, wood, roasted malts, red whine, port, raisins. Some slight cherries as well. Really complex and wonderful. Medium carbonation with very small bubbles - fine oily mouthfeel. Flavour is truly stunning. A hideous amount of chocolate, well-balanced viniousness. Raisins, slight tartness from wood. The tobacco notes are still there with roasted malts mixed in as well. Extremely long aftertaste. This is insanely drinkable despite the high ABV. It is truly a great brew (sad it can’t hold a head). Thanks, Tom!
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lost Abbey. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small light tan head and very little lacing. Nose is rich with a lot of bourbon, baker’s chocolate and molasses. Taste is roasted molasses, vanilla, oaky bourbon and burnt malts. Medium mouth feel. Good brew.
cgarvieuk (20220) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 Bottle at home ... deep black ... medium tan head ...rich sweet meaty malt nose with a little whiskey ... big bourbon front... too much bourbon ... it domintaes way to much and distroys its balance... behind the bourbon is a decent rich roast malt. 3.7
CASK at BSF GBBF 2010 ... 2009 version ... deep black ... sweet toffee vanilla nose .. big sweet bourbon ... soft roast ... nice but too much bourbon 3.7
CASK at BSF GBBF 2010 ... 2010 version ...deep black ... thin tan head ... meaty vanilla bourbon nose ... big roast malt ... soft toffee ... again too much bourbon 3.7
nice to see consistant scores... not so nice to see a bit too much bourbon in each version
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Hank1980 for the bottle!
Black, tan head reduces to cloudy ring layer. Vanilla, bourbon, and wood are sledgehammers on the nose. Flavor is more nuanced, vanilla and dried fruit coupled with more alcohol thanks to a larger bourbon component. Salty and thick, palate seems to lack something; maybe it’s too short? Good stuff though, very nice on a cold autumn night.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from my brother (Vac). Pours black with a very thin tan head (basically just a ring). Big bourbon and oak aromas with a backing of malt. The flavor finds chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, and oak in a wonderful blend. Full smooth body with a slight alcohol warming. Excellent!!
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to ddad for this epic birthday dinner at monks which included this monster brew.
bottle at monks in philadelphia, pa
nose is oxidized, coco, butter, raisins, almond, coffee, rum, reminiscent of sam adams triple bock, some vanilla is definitely apparent. so thick. raisin, coco, rum, almonds, chocolate, bitter sweet whisky alcohol. wow. some butterscotchyness also there. wow. this is an epicly gorgeous beer.
dpjuart (1097) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
9/17/08 - graciously shared by Naka with the Exec Board. Pours black and sackcloth with fizzy, chocolate head, dissipating to a rimming film rather quickly. Nose is raisin, fig, dates, chocolate and hop bitterness. Taste is chocolate and roast with oaky bourbon notes and lots of alcohol heat and flavor. Fantastic mouth feel. Slightly nutty and caramel with moderate bitter. Freakin’ Fantastic. Thanks, Naka.
Naka (719) - 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 (6036) - 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.