jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with wispy brown head / Big, brilliant, nose of bourbon, chocolate, coconut, with no trace of alcohol (!) / Very full body, sweet, well balanced with no hint of being cloying, and only a minor alcohol burn / Rich, winey, flavors of coconut, semisweet chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla, caramel, prunes, dates, toasted pecans, and oak / A dessert elixir, to be shared in brandy glasses. Ah, to have several bottles aging in the cellar rather than just this one.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to my mysterious donor... Pours opaque black, thin tan dad, soft lacing. Nose is heavy bourbon, vanilla, oak, coconut, FUCK but this smells like a chocolate bourbon milkshake! Flavours of boozy vanilla and fudge. Genuinely rather unpleasant in the mouth, with so much alcohol and vanilla. A one-dimensional sugar-bourbon assault, that MUST improve with age, because I cannot countenance the high score without this aging well.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin head. The aroma of bourbon is very strong, and coconut. Very thick and rich. flavour is amazing. Bold and rich roasted barley oak and bourbon sweet and complex, The boubon is so well integrated that I must say this might be the best barrel aged beer i have ever had. This is fucking great.
SlovakSniper (4620) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Une autre bombe larguée par les bourlingueurs des Trois-Rivières. Merci les gars pour ce vintage 2010!) Un liquide profondément brun qui laisse entrevoir des contours rouges. Une mousse absente. Une forte viscosité : le liquide s’accroche à la paroi du verre. Un nez plantureux. Des bonbons à la mélasse. Du chocolat fourré à la liqueur. Des fruits qui rappellent les cerises et leur sirop. Un bourbon expressif qui étale l’ensemble de ses capacités: des notes vanillées, des parfums boisés et de timides effluves de noix de coco. Des saveurs qui peuvent affecter la glycémie. Un goût franc et savoureux de bourbon. Des malts opulents. De la mélasse fruitée. Du sirop chocolaté. Des flaveurs chaudes et coulantes. Un alcool qui grise les papilles. Un véritable dessert liquide. Une bouche somptueuse, un corps pleinement assumé, lourd et costaud avec un pétillement modérément doux. Une texture liquoreuse et collante. Une finale fougueuse, chargée par les sucres et par l’alcool. Un liquide bien savoureux qui est, pour moi, un peu difficile à boire.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Poured into a snifter. About 7 ounces or so. 2011 vintage.
3.5 A: Black color. Small head that fell quickly and left no lacing. This is about what I would expect from a beer of this magnitude.
3.5 S: Super boozy a la rubbing alcohol. Strange almost tangy caramel. Moderate roast. Shit tons of molasses. Bourbon booziness is second to rubbing alcohol. Leather and light fruits from the barrels.
2.0 T: This is booze gone wild. Insanely boozy. So much booze. Strange tangy caramel is back in full force with a molasses explosion. Sickeningly sweet - the residual sugar is the only thing that puts the booze in its place. Maple syrup and diabetes. Big bourbon. For as big as this is, there isn’t a whole lot going on. Rather, there’s just a few flavors that slap your palate silly. If there’s subtlety in this, it’s well hidden under the booze and sugar.
2.5 M: Super thick, but despite this, its lacking craminess. Hot throughout. Could use more carbonation.
1.5 D: This is a nasty, violent, and disease causing beer. I’m pretty sure I had temporary alcohol poisoning while I felt my beta cells shutting down. If I am still diabetes free, then I guess I won. I finished my glass, but didn’t want to and certainly didn’t want any more. If I ever want to drink this again, I’ll save myself some money and mix equal parts vodka and maple syrup. Beers of this nature can be done with great success. Kuhnhenn’s Solar Eclipse presents with the same booziness you’d find in a 7% IPA. WWS is a decent beer that becomes fantastic with age. This is a utter failure of an 18% stout.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 vintage. So freaking good. Black body with no head really at all. Tastes like malt and awesome.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2011 Batch, from mashmaster. Thanks Tom! Aroma has huge notes of roasted molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruits, port and sherry. Very rich aroma. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass with a small fizzy brown head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor has a very heavy sweetness and medium bitterness. Palate is extremely full bodied and oily soft with a long finish and noticeable alcohol burn. Overall a monster brew that really takes the style to the extreme. The sherry/port aromas are wonderful and the bourbon is well integrated but this thing is so huge that it cannot help but be cloying. I didn’t think this one would live up to the hype but it did. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating # 1550. Bottle, 2011. Pours black, with a small, brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, molasses, malt, chocolate, dark fruit, oak, and alcohol. Flavor is molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, alcohol, bourbon, coffee, and oak. Sweet and syrupy, with a full body. Long finish. I’ll enjoy sipping this one all afternoon.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon. Thick, sweet and just amazing. Glad to finally try this beer. I only had this beer that night and it gave me a hell of a hangover. Amazing stuff though.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks John! Shared with friends last night. Batch 2011. Wow that’s a simply huge beer. The pour is dark brown to black. Not as dark or thick as I would have thought. There’s some good foam but not a ton. Huge nose of alcohol, tart dark fruits like dates, raisins, prunes and maybe blueberry. Smoke and coffee. Plenty of bourbon and alcohol all over this. Tastes very hot of again alcohol. Perhaps that’s my only criticism is that the beer smells and tastes very strong. It’s for good reason though. It is very high ABV. Anyway, I thought this was an awesome brew. Best of the night. And we had some good ones.