Nik925 (786) - USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good times when you have your pick of 2010 or 2011 older on tap...Beer Revolution in Oakland. Went with the 2010. This was fantastic. As thick as expected with great fully burnt to a crisp malt taste. The barrel stays in the back and adds to the wonderful flavors...maybe there is just so much flavor in the malt that it can compete. The malt has a very unique flavor, who knows what step/ingredient it came from, but it is awesome. This sticks and coats to your mouth but the malt flavor is so good, that gets it a perfect score for palate. Impressive stuff.
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 I’d expected but that doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. Wish I could’ve gotten this in a bomber----or bigger! I’ll always be on the lookout for this gem.
Rando7 (778) - 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 (778) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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.
hohops (749) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2014 Appearance= oil. Pitch black, nothing escaping at all. Not much head, just a mocha coloured rim around the edge. Alcohol legs definitely detectable. Aroma- vanilla, leather hints, a bit of coffee but more chocolatey , burnt sugar, toasted coconut, bitter chocolate, bourbon, boozy, cocoa hints, fudge. Smells lovely. Taste- intense, and big flavours hit you. Lots of chocolate, burnt treacle, the bourbon then comes through with vanilla hints, plenty of bitterness, chocolate fudge cake, sticky and slightly oily mouthfeel, with some alcohol warmth- you can tell it’s a big beer. The finish lingers for ages and clings to the mouth. Some espresso characteristics towards the end. Very viscous (unsurprisingly). The carbonation is quite soft, and maybe a bit more would help things along, but this is pretty much the only criticism. This is a superb brew.