after4ever (6563) - 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. Itís 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 Iíve 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 (4627) - 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. Thatís 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.
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear brown with a small, creamy, light brown head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of heavy alcohol, dates, and maple syrup. Full bodied, creamy and alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle (batch 2)....poured almost black w/ a thin tan head that lingered for awhile...aroma of strong chocolate and barrel-aged qualities that worked well with each other. the barrel wasnít overly forboding and left ample room for the base beer to make its presence....the flavors were more of the same which is a good thing. very smooth overall. chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.....a very nice imperial sto...err american strong ale.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown in color. Smell is absolutely heavenly and among the best Iíve smelt in a stout. Reminds me of the nose on the Bells BA Expo/Double Cream blend! The taste is pretty damn close as well. This is truly a very incredible beer. Could use just a smidgen more thickness in the mouthfeel. The barrel aging is done to perfection. A very good vanilla and oak smell. This was easiily the best beer of the night.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Thanks Dan! Pours a dark chocolate brown to mahogany body. A swirly, thin film decorates the top of the brew. Virtually no lacing, but thick sheets of leggy body coat the glass, proving that this brew lives up to its name. The aroma is rich and intense, with fumy bourbon greeting the nose right off the bat. Malty notes of dark chocolate and molasses follow, as does a woodsy, oaky vanilla component. The flavor is a bit more roasty than the nose indicates, though the bourbon and vanilla are again fully present. Tastes like a really good bourbon aged imperial stout blended with a rich, roasty old ale. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes roasty and warm. Awesome brew. Glad I have another bottle to savor down the road.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Very similar to the regular- more smoke, more oak and nougat, less full body. Awesome.