Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: A cloying bourbonny fruity syrupy boozy dark beer. Meh.
How: From the bottle at Extreme Beer Fest 2011, Night Of The Barrels. 2010 version
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: I had a small sample of the original 2009 version that I didnít rate and I vaguely remember it being pitch black (not the case with the 2010) and less fruity than this new 2010 version. Maybe Iím wrong but I think the 2010 version took a turn towards fortified wine compared to the 2009. Anyway, the 2010 version is the one Iím rating. The nose has plenty of alcohol fumes (no surprise here) with a relatively moderate bourbon presence, plenty of sweetened macerated fruits. I expected it to be overly bourbonny but it wasnít the case. Taste is syrupy, dark malts, fruit liqueur, sweetened fruits (even maraschino cherries), cough syrup, tar, vanilla. Viscous and cloying as hell. Obviously pretty boozy. I think my brother nailed it when he said Cinzano, thatís exactly it, thatís like someone poured a glass of red Cinzano in an imperial stout. I really didnít care for it and it tasted different from the more bourbonny tar syrup that I remember the original 2009 to be. Time can do this beer some good. It wonít get worse. I was waiting for the moment I would decide to rate it. Named after the infamous day of the 1929 stock market crash, a market crash that launched this wonderful period that we now know as ďThe golden era of the black-and-white photography of dusty poor peopleĒ.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
20 malts! Wow. I was annoyed with all the hype surrounding this beer but given the opportunity to try it, I was seriously blown away by it and Iím really glad I got the opportunity.
Beer is black (shocking) and forms a thin brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. When I swirl the beer it coats the glass and leaves legs on the walls of the glass like a fine wine would do.
This is a seriously big beer, I was expecting alcohol in the nose but no...it smells sweet and thereís some bourbon smell in there but no straight alcohol. I can pick up some roast as well. Really nicely balanced, seriously.
Beer is sweet up front but has a good body to it, medium. Iím definitely not drinking rubbing alcohol but Iím also not chewing it. There is some bitterness in the back but again, the alcohol is completely masked. Iím knocking it down on drinkability because I honestly donít think I could drink a lot of it, its builds on me in both sweetness and bitterness but its a great beer. Think Bourbon County on steriods.
Serving type: bottle
dogfish120love (936) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with little to no lacing. The aroma consists of chocolate, oak and soy sauce. Overall a little too sweet.
Fred82 (2114) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at EBF 2011.
Appearance : Hazy brown with a small head.
Aroma : Nice bourbon with light chocolate and roasted malt. Bourbon is what stands out the most. Very sweet.
Taste : Very powerful and very warm. Nice bourbon and roasted malt. Very complex but quite boozy. Finish is very warm too with nice bourbon and dark chocolate. Very sweet.
Overall : Iím glad I finally got to try this one. It is very complex and very rich. The finish is very nice and complex. However itísway too boozy. Iím glad I only got a 2oz sample. I suppose the sample we had came from a fresh bottle and I suspect this gets much better with some age. Still, it was a nice complex and rich beer but nothing ground breaking.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer is very black, only showing the tiniest bit of brown in the light. The head is dark tan, rises about one finger. It looks full and creamy but it is sadly gone in about a minute only leaving a ring of head around the glass. The lacing is poor as is the carbonation.
The aroma is very malty, sweet and enticing. It smells wonderful and begs you to come back again and again. Vanilla dominates the nose, with notes of candy, and raspberries. This sweetness is balanced out by a touch of oak, bourbon and alcohol at the end.
The tase is very matly as well, extremely sweet to start. There is a ton of vanilla and light chocolate on the front, in the middle you get oak and it finishes with a medium alcohol, specifically bourbon taste.
The feel is little lighter than Iíd hope for, not watery but not great. The finish is nice as tickles your throat and warms it up on the way down, totally from alcohol.
The drinkablility is nice, you taste the tiniest bit of alcohol but thatís to be expected with a 19.5% abv.
Overall, this beer is very good and definitely lives up to all the hype. The 2009 is drinking great right now, aging does wonders.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Beer Freek night at The Yard in Santa Monica. Pours a dark brown. Big Bourbony aroma that you can smell from far away. Almost instant warming sensation. Very smooth. Hints of vanilla in their and as it warms up I get some fruit esters as well.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 16/09/2010
Oaked aroma. Black very rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a sweet maple vanilla and whisky flavours. A hint of bitterness in a warming roast finish.
MadIndian (2365) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep cocoa pour with a chocolate aroma. Flavors of nut vanilla, chocolate, toffee and bourbon. A very nice blend.
I was pleased with this one.
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 Bottle at Mes Tasting. Thank. You. Mes. Pours like motor oil with a strong, beige head. Rich aroma with bourbon, chocolate syrup, car tires, roasted malts. Extremely sweet, lots of chocolate brownies, light bourbon, oak, mild roast, brown sugar, burnt sugar. Full in body with lively carbonation. Very warming finish, notes of hoisin, caramel, chewy dark malts, licorice, soy sauce, charred dark malts. Also fruity and stinging. One of the more intense beers Iíve ever had. Great. (4.3)
Bottle at the Stouts Pt. III & Others Tasting - London. Thanks to Jack for this ultimate BEAST. Vintage 2012. Pours black-brown with a slight, tan cream head. Lots of sugary chocolate in the nose, some very present alcohol, subtle roast. Hugely sweet flavor, chocolate syrup, brownies, mild earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish, some bitter torched earth, lots of sugary chocolate. Very sweet but, given the ABV, still pretty drinkable. (4.2)
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to beernbourbon. Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate with hints of vanilla. Taste is extremely smooth. Hints of chocolate and bourbon. Has a pretty sweet taste. By far one of best stouts I have ever had. Thanks Vince!