Caskalefan (153) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This marvelous creation is like the perfect bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout/Rochefort 10-like hybrid...huge in every aspect, and absolutely savory, with a lot of bourbony esters, and yet never overwhelmingly bourbony, maintaining a beautiful balance of roastiness, dark fruits, tobacco, and bitter chocolate all the way to the voluptuous finish. WOW!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Very light lacing. Aroma is oak/bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark esters. Flavor is the same with the addition of a touch of coffee. This beer smells and taste great! Medium to full body. The esters and bourbon linger on the palate. Slight alcohol warming. An excellent sippin’ beer.
Ratman197 (10672) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml corked and caged bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, esspresso, carmel, milk chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied smooth and slightly warming. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, lighnt oak, dark chocolate, mocha and a hint of dark fruit with a smooth lightly warming lingering semi sweet finish.
This Beer really rocks!!!
ChainGangGuy (4482) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a tiny tan head.
Smell: Robust, roasty aroma with the inviting bourbon notes of vanilla, wood, molasses, and brown sugar.
Taste: Starts roasty and chocolatey, then you get a jolt of rich caramel sweetness and bourbon along with all of its accompanying flavors. Hint of dark fruit along the way. Plenty more of the vanilla and wood for the warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Some of these bourbon brews can really end up a slipshod, careless mess, but not this! Here, we can explore the rich complexities of a bourbon barrel job well done.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of cbkschubert. Sweet chocolate, wood and brandy aromas. Black with tan head. Flavor had a medium sweet chocolate candy that was was good. The creamy body texture was good also. Smooth enjoyable beer if your lucky to get one. Thanks, Craig.
after4ever (6493) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375, corked and baled. Pours a bright red stream that gathers to a dark brown in the glass. Pinkish gray foam. Nose like candied bourbon. Medium, creamy body. Very little carb. Fruity and woody and caramelly mid-palate. Lots of vanilla. Long dry woody finish. For the money, to say nothing of the rarity, this is one of the less astonishing huge BA beers of the moment. It’s a pretty amazing little devil, but not quite to the consciousness-expanding level.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thi was a dark brown /blacke strong dark ale with a thick but fast thining head,abv was very present antd the barrel aged taste was noticable,it was a sipper and on a cold winter night enjoyable just wish i had more,sort of reminded me of a imperial stout but lack the heavy finish of one overall very enjoyable.CHEERS!
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured oily black with a thin brown head.
Strong aroma of dark chocolate, overly ripe fruits, wood and brandy.
Flavor is rich and thick. Dark chocolate, coco, heavy roasted malt and vanilla.
Thick, oily body, smooth and creamy roasty finish.
Very good beer but one glass is enough.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Caged corked 375 ml. green olive colored bottle, blurb about the San Diego brewery scene on the left side of the label, my bottle lists the ABV as 12%, sampled in a snifter.
L: Looks just like the brownish black of motor oil and the pour is similar too. Tiny fizzy head that quickly gives way to a fine line of bubbles, look syrupy thick in the glass.
S: Vanilla and woody bourbon barrels, prunes and dark chocolate cake, and sugary, estery alcohol. Bare hints of black licorice way out at the edges of the aroma. This is one of the more uniquely smelling beers I’ve had in awhile.
F&T: Syrupy, but lighter feeling than what I was expecting, full bodied and chewy without being overly thick, oily on the tongue and alcoholic dry. The taste of bourbon whiskey is first thing I noticed, followed by a vanilla woodiness. Malty flavors of dark roasted coffee cut with Belgian chocolate, raw cane sugar and black molasses, the fruitiness of cherries and prune juice, finishes with tastes of sweet caramel toffee. The alcohol mixes with the bourbon and cherry/prune concoction for a low, but lingering whiskey soaked fruity warmth in the palate.
I wish I had more bottles of this bourbon barrel aged strong ale, perfect for those subzero winter nights, warms the spirit and calms the soul.
drfabulous (4511) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark black. Small head. Heavy smell of alcohol. "This is going to be another heavy alcohol barley wine-ish beer," I think. First taste. Damn! Holy money! Big taste of chocolate. Raspberry. Wow. What the hell? Not what I expected. Second sip. Oh yea. That’s chocolate/cocoa in there. Wow again. These flavors really flow. Another excellent Port beer. And I have the bottle to myself. The wife is out of town.