Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours thick viscous black with thick chocolate head. Aroma chocolate and bourbon. Taste dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla with some hops/ Finish of alcohol with slight hops. Very powerful. Palate thick and almost syrupy with slight carbonation. Alcohol very evident.
Very nice beer but not sure it’s worth the cost as there’s stuff I like as much or more for much less.
MikeJslc (777) - USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, tan head. Big thick viscous mouthfeel with deep malt character of dark bread, licorice, roast, caraway seeds, nutty notes, big bourbon barrel character. Huge and complex and aptly named.
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Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - DEC 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Very dark brown, small tan head that settles nicely, good lacing. Aroma, malty, milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, quite boozy, toffee, . Taste, malty, roasted notes, chocolate, vanilla, wood, tobacco, bourbon, leather, dark fruits. Warming boozy end. Great aftertaste of bourbon and malt.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ EBF ’09. Pours almost jet black with barely any head. Aroma is overwhelmed by the bourbon but I also detected vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate up front dissolving into that vanilla oak characteristic you usually get with a bourbon-aged stout. Yet another fantastic offering from this great brewery.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Monk’s: Poured a dark oil brown/black. The aroma was bourbon. The flavor was dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. Overall, this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Very smooth, perfectly balanced and lots of flavor.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of SoLan: pours a dark dark brown witha very small to no head the is tan. aroam is very bourbon with plenty of alcohol, lots of dark fruits, raisins mostly, some deeper caramel malts. flavour is plenty of bourbon alcohol, decent roast and a touch of bitter chocolate, good malts but not as amzing as a expected, tons of bourbon seems to overpower the rest.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown , black color with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice and alcohol. Smooth on the palate. Flavor of full thick malt, coffee, and bold bitter hops. Killer unique brew.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7oz bottle, 2011 release. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours dark brown to blackwith a one finger brown head that recedes to a wispy cap and ring, leaving only a few spots of lacing behind. Also not as thick as I had thought it would be.
Aroma is an absolutely wonderful wave of bourbon, one of the better bourbon noses I’ve encountered. Also tagging along are notes of oak, rich chocolate, premium coffee, vanilla, anise, figs, plums, black currants and other dark fruits. Excellent strength.
Flavor is again more tasty bourbon, well pronounced but doesn’t overpower the chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, and a strong dark fruit component. There is noticeable alcohol on the finish but within tolerance for a big bourbon barrel aged beer. Very complex.
Mouthfeel is medium to high, creamy with low/medium carbonation.
Freaking fantastic. One of the more bourbon-heavy beers I’ve had but still integrates very well and doesn’t completely take over the base beer. Incredible aroma, one of those beers where I’ll keep the last ounce in the glass for as long as I can so I can keep taking it in. Rich and complex, a treat all around and worth the price tag IMHO.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Retorp’s LA tasting. Poured black with a creamy brown head. Nose is vinous, with notes off bourbon, vanilla, wood, anise, and tobacco. Full body with a creamy mouth feel and medium carbonation. This really is a stunning beer, very complex and decadent. At first sip I was assaulted by huge notes of fudge, bourbon, and dark roasted malt, as I progressed I got vanilla, fig, currant, coconut, anise, tobacco, and booze. Very smooth and balanced for such a massive beer. Slight bitter finish.
Barrelbelly (741) - BELGIUM - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown/black with almost no. No carbonation. Aroma wood and smoked. Taste is roasted oaky prunes and vanilla