gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 400th rating. Bottle, courtesy Tony at Oldsmar Tap House. Yikes, thanks for this treat, Tony. Pours pitch black as expected. Good head on this one. Lots and lots of lacing. Aroma is big, and port-like. Fitting that itís from Port Brewing. Caramel and bourbon work together like a dynamic duo. Raisin and licorice thrown in for good measure. Flavor is big and roasted. Caramel, and some slippery vanilla. Some hefty chocolate notes in there, too. Not sure how to classify this exactly...but itís delicious. Very soft body, making this incredibly drinkable. Very bright, too. Really enjoyed this one.
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to Thaddeus for this gift. A brown to black color with a rich dark brown head. A wonderfully rich aroma with dark fruits, vanilla, and cherry. Full bodied and creamy with a warming alcohol presence. The bourbon barrels donít overwhelm the flavor. A nice bite at the finish.
Boutip (5365) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and oak with some notes of roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by some nice notes of bourbon with some light oak with some lightly sweet roasted malt notes. Texture is somewhat oily with average carbonation and full body. Alcohol is definitely not too apparent and bourbon is well balanced. Very good over all but I have to admit I was expecting more character from this beer, this is easily drinkable and I would have never guessed the 12% of ABV.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to therealbastard for sharing. Pours like oil with small dark brown head. Aromas of burbon, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, oats, dark fruits, and burbon. Weird consistancy while drinking. From the flavors it tastes like a stout, but the body is way too thin. Way over-rated and way overpriced.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not exactly sure how to describe the flavor of this. It is very unique, but the main flavors are bourbon, vinegar, dark fruit, and smoke. The alcohol is really present in this one. If you donít like bourbon save it for someone who does. It poures blacker than my toejam, with a eight of an inch of brown head. Nose is all alcohol and smells very similar to the GIBCS. Good, but definately not great. Pretty dissapointed with this beer.
Goodgrief (1907) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Original rating 2008 - Thanks to eaglefan538 for this wonderful brew! The pour was a beautiful dark brown with just a little head and some mild lacing clinging to the glass on a swirl. The aroma was out of this world incredible with bourbon, vanilla, cocoa screaming at you and some maple...probably the best smelling beer Iíve ever encountered. The flavor followed suit, incredibly complex, rich and creamy, perfectly complemented by the bourbon, better than any bourbon aged beer yet. The mouthfeel was perfect as well...the carbonation level was perfect and this baby just coated your mouth and stayed there. Excellent. I might have enjoyed the Cuvee de Tomme just a LITTLE bit more, but other than that, Iíd be hard pressed to name a better beer. RERATE 2011 - Lansdale Brew Fest. This thing lacked the character from the first time around. Lots of bourbon in this one to the detriment of everything else which could be described as subtle. Some chocolate notes and a lot more "stouty" than I remember. Bumping this one down from the original 4.8 review.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown-black pour....love the aroma as much as the younger variety. Big wood, vanilla, bourbon...all the good stuff. Flavor is terrific...slightly sweet, dark fruits, more bourbon wood..light licorice. Not as full bodied as Iíd expected but that doesnít detract from the enjoyment. Wish I couldíve gotten this in a bomber----or bigger! Iíll always be on the lookout for this gem.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #100.....finally an excuse to open this one.
Bottle via mailorder from Joey at South Bay Drugs And Liquor.
Pours like motor oil 10,000 miles past when it should have been changed with a small yet bubbly light brown head.
Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, toasted barley, malt, and some hints of fruits.
Wow, this rich bourbony beast has a nice decadent chocolate, roasty coffee, bourbon all in wonder flavor going on. The mouthfeel is very full and amazing and the flavors all come together into a blissful co-existance. Notes of fruits linger at the finish but donít overpower the other desirable flavors of this beast.
Iím very glad that I chose this as #100, it did not let me down in any way. This simply put is an amazing brew in a class of itís own. Simply an amazing world class brew!!!
eaglefan538 (2968) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from JohnC. Pour was pitch black-brown, even a little choco colored thin head on the top that fizzled quickly but left behind a nice ring, regenerable with a swirl, active carbonation in the mouthfeel later. The aroma was oaky wood, chocolate, maple, bourbon. The flavor was all of that, some molasses and licorice under there, just a wonderful BA brew, the best one Iíve had in a while, beer was actually there. Mouthfeel had a nice tingle from the carbonation and alcohol, yet this thing was a beer. Man, that finish was outstanding, perfect highlight to the whole experience. Great stuff, and thanks to John for this one! Top 50, no doubt.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle, from Lost Abbey with an assist by Darkelf. Pours black, opaque and thick with a smallish tan head. The aroma is roasty, with dark fruits, licorice, molasses, woody bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol noticible. Flavor also shows dark fruits and roasty malts, fig, fudge chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, oak, light spice and herbs - it seems a little hot still. Full body, little to no carbonation. Quite good, and Iím looking forward to seeing how this one is in a year or so.