railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am cleaning out my cellar and forgot about this gem,this poured a dark black with a thin head that fades away and the alcohol was not to strong but it had a sweet bitterness to it in the finish overall a good beer.CHEERS!
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours black with a large mostly lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of whiskey, roasted malt, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness and well hidden alcohol. Good but I like the regular Fat Dog better.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My co-worker Rich L. just bought three bottles of this retired beer. The whiskey element is here but its rather subdued versus the coffee chocolate tones and vanilla finish. I like the oak which seems to have an almost cherry wood character to it, reminiscent of Old Dominion but with a fruity raisin malty zing to it. I enjoyed this even though its a bit more mellow than what I expected. I’m mad at myself for drinking a retired beer! Aroma was good-I detected it before I popped the hard to remove cork.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Cleveland Tasting. Sweet oats and malt up front, coffee, with the alcohol coming on the back side. The barrel aging seemed quite subtle to me.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to The_Epeeist. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, oak, with just a touch of whiskey and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Good beer, but would be better with more whiskey character.
TheEpeeist (3131) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.9 oz bottle, cellared about a year. Dark brown with a spongy tan head. Nose of cocoa and molasses with faint coffee and whiskey. Milky body with sudsy carb. Taste is coffee, bittersweet chocolate and raisin. Whiskey grows with the finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown almost black but not quite- thin foamy dusty head. Sweetish bourbon aroma, toasted malts, chocoalte and some light oxidation. Lots of oak and vanilla in the flavor with more chocolate and light coffee hints- moderately sweet. Wierd light body and perhaps a high carbonation accounts for this- but I prefer the bigger body of the original version.
Saarlander (1680) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bottle recieved in Mystery swap 2.0 from Doclock I think! Thanks Jeff. Poured Black with quite a head, lots of carbonation. Abit of a burn on the first sip, mellows after abit. Some hints of vanilla, wood, but much less than expected, drinkable, I enjoyed it, but a little dissapointed.
wamoore84 (20) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 On tap at Stoudts. Black with little tan head. A little bourbon taste to it. Some coffee, chocolate and malts evident. Not as thick as I thought it would be. Not the best, but very enjoyable.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
765ml bottle from HimerMan - thanks! Kind of surprised by how lively the carbonation is from something that pours so thick and inky. The nose is big and boozy, as one might expect, but lacking the roast and heft of the regular Fat Dog. Indeed, once you get into the drink and it warms, there’s not much here that recalls the chewy pleasures of the main beer. As it is, it’s a tad thin for the style, but the bourbon and malts (with faint oak) do taste nice on a chilly night.