Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured a deep, chocolatey brown with just a couple loose bubbles for head. Aroma picked up lots and lots of sweet bourbon.. deep vinous and oaky notes too.. enjoyed it, but the booze factor was a bit too overt. Flavor found sweet bourbon and chocolate upfront (a bit too focused on the booze).. mild chocolate over the middle, then more vanilla, oak, and bourbon from the barrel treatment through the long finish. Medium-bodied but slick on the palate.. bourbony finish with vanilla.. STRONG!
1FastSTi (3284) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Matt. The beer pours to a really dark brown body with no head. The aroma is hugely oaken vanilla with sherry and port wine galore. Awesomely complex. The flavor is vanilla, oak, chocolate, sherry, bourbon, honey, and coffee. The palate is rich, alcoholic, full bodied.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No head, pitch black. The nose is more bourbon than beer. Body is complex, you get chocolate and roast malts with bourbon really topping it off. Sweet chocolate finish, really digging this brew, Toms about to rate malt liquor.
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tasting at Brickskeller) black with tan head, great lace. Aroma of smoke, bourbon, dark malt. Flavor i s oak, roast malt, dark fruits; it’s slightly sweet.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a small, slowly forming light brown head. Very light aromas of butterscotch, cocoa, coffee and chocolate. Massive flavor, very intense and concentrated. Balanced, and definitely more malt accented than barrel accented. Much more chocolate, coffee, etc. comes through than the bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut. Those barrel elements are still there, just lighter and in the back round. It’s a nice beer and I really like it. Personally, I’d like to see more wood character, but that’s just me.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my notes I describe the appearance of this beer with one word ... beauty. Very much like the Old Viscosity in its aroma and flavor, but more so on the oak and the bourbon. You must be a bourbon fan to enjoy this beer. But if you are you will love it.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg, Pizza Port / Port Brewing event at Brickskeller. Pours an incredibly dark cherry-cola color; medium brown head with lacing that lasts forever on the sides of the glass. Dense, buttery and milk chocolate aroma; sweet and creamy. Full, chewy mouthfeel: dense diacetyl character; buttery, sweet sour-mash middle, with plenty of oaky toastiness and creaminess; excellent density of flavor and sweetness. Long, dried dark fruits and bourbony finish; great stuff. Aaron didn’t realize that I actually drank his sample as well and replaced it with Miller Chill.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft) Brown-black body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, Bourbon, some oak, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, raisin, faint anise. Medium-full body.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 2008 Vintage; Sampled May 2009
Very well carbonated, overly so even, as a careful pour produces a long lasting, two-finger thick, nicely browned tan colored head. The beer is quite black and opaque in color. This has a nice bourbon induced fruitiness and vanilla note to it in the nose. Dark chocolate mixes with concentrated sweet fig notes as well as some nice, distinct raisin notes and some toasted grain notes. Despite the dark color there is not a whole lot of dark, roasted grain notes; there is perhaps a touch espresso like roast sharpness, some burnt nutty notes. There is a nice, toasted coconut aroma here as well that ties the barrel and base beer notes together quite well.
The beer has a peppery, spritzy carbonation that is a bit too much for a beer like this. Fortunately some vigorous swirling of my glass is all it takes to release the excess carbonation; this really helps to smooth out the body. The beer finish has an acidic edge to it and a sharpness that is a bit too harsh for the creamy up front malt to drown it out; other notes of burnt broccoli and some heat and spiciness from the bourbon influence also pepper the finish. There are other, smoother, tastier, roast grain notes of toasted dark chocolate and nicely browned whole-grain bread. The coconut note from the aroma is here in the flavor as well.
Not bad, but wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping. This is better than the original, almost flat batch that I first had and in all truthfulness is enjoyable, but I was expecting a bit more from this batch due to the recent buzz.
Sampled May 2007
The beer is quite still; it shows browned sherry colored notes around an otherwise blackened dark chocolate body and has absolutely no head. The nose has a very prominent bourbon-like aroma; notes of liquor soaked figs & cherries as well as notes of oak, vanillin, buttery wood and a smooth bourbon character are all part of the aroma. Despite how well this smells at this point after having a full meal, I can’t quite help but think ’where are the beer aromatics.’
The beer is quite still tasting / feeling as is expected after it visibly not having any carbonation. Still it has a thick enough body to feel viscous and the carbonation is not missed to much. Rich bourbon flavors dominate the flavor profile as do flavors of buttery oak (which are quite big here) and a touch of vanilla. Somehow, despite the dominance, the barrel / whiskey character is not too over the top for this beer.
This beer is much smoother than the regular version, which at times seemed on the verge of unbalanced; this instead is a great after dinner sipping brew. The oak flavors in this brew integrate really well with the bourbon notes; it is hard to tell at times which is which (considering bourbon is oak flavored this makes sense); spicy oak notes, buttery wood and vanillin may all contribute to the perception of bourbon overtones.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
350ml bottle via trade with footy! - Thanks! - Pours dark mahogany with not much head at all. Aromas of bourbon, oak, caramel, raisin, chocolate, and roasted malts can all be found above this one. Flavor is a mixture of roasted malts, bourbon, oak, caramel, chocolate, and a little black liccorice. Smooth with low carbonation and great full body with a nice dry warm finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic on this one. A very enjoyable brew...