TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Capones. Pours a deep black with a smaller creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Flavor of same. Bourbon there but restrained.
bdigital (655) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, number 9070: Pours a dark black with a medium tan head. Big nose of artificial maple, brown sugar, vanilla bean, chocolate and bourbon...so far so good. Until the train wreck of a body comes in...seriously, what is with these impy’s that are thin as hell? Starts bourbon-y with some vanilla extract noted...finishes very dry and woodsy. Okay.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
In short: An awful mess with too many problems to list
How: Bottle, swing-top 1L. Post-EBF tasting. Bottle by dmac. Congratulations Dave, in what might be the best beer week-end of my life you managed to squeeze in a turkey. Clap clap clap!
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Repulsive pop-corn and overripe fruits nose. Taste has a fucked up fruity sourness overwhelming the roasted malts. Grapes syrup. The barrels bring a strong old rotting wood presence. Whatever… No need to describe it, this was terrible, drain pour. That thing had more problems than my cousin Louis. And the poor dude now shares a doghouse with a rothweiler with whom he’s in love with after loosing his job at Wal-Mart because of his phobia of the color blue.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle handed to me by Dmac, thanks Dave (Gary), who then said this is horrible. Well here we go, obvious black body with a tan head. A horrible balance of soy maple bourbon and some woodiness. Vanilla vegetative and astringent. Yes Dave, it does suck.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to dmac I think for sharing? Actually no thanks. This beer is pretty terrible. Bomber. Pours a deep dark cola color with a thin fizzy diminishing head to almsot nothing. Aroma is a bit boozy- with somecaramelized fruits, bourbon, and intense vanilla oak. Flavor had a bit of vegetal dms, with more over the top bourbon totally masking all malts and roastiness, with much more vanilla and oakiness to make sure everythign is over the top. Mouthfeel ended up thin, tannic and astringent. meh.
dmac (3541) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This shite sux. Tasted bad, looked okay, smelt worst. Horrible beer all around.
kramer (4379) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 L bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a nice creamy brown head. Excellent retention for such a big beer. Big roasty bourbon nose with some light oak, light alcohol, and bakers chocolate. A lot of chocolate and roast up front with some Hershey’s syrup and vanilla extract, a little oakiness. On the sweeter side with just minimal alcohol. The mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety with great relaxed carbonation. Pretty nice beer, actually really smooth and drinkable for such a big beer. Methinks that this is a tad under rated.
jbuzz (733) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting At Three Cellars. Sweet and good smooth oak like hint. Not real sure it woth the cost but it is good.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Getting the notebook online. Bottle, Spring 2007 batch. Pours a brown black with a slight tan head. Bourbon takes over the nose. Sips sweet at first with burnt malt flavors then turns oak from the barrels, and finishes with strong bourbon flavors. Lots of burnt smoke on the aftertaste. A very pleasant and enjoyable beer.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, Jerc, Mabel, and GregClow, Harry’s ’07 bottle. Very dark brown, no head. Nice bourbon aroma. Good taste - tons of bourbon which wears thin after a while. The body is too thin to hold all of this flavour and alcohol though, so it becomes overwhelming after a while. Good, but good have been much better.