portableparty (1921) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by DalzAle. Pour is black brown with a tan kahki head that settles to a collar. Aroma is booze and more booze with nice chocolate and malt like ice cream. Taste is roasted coco and malt with some vanilla wood and booze (oak) and hazelnut. Palate is full and creamy with subtle carbonation that feels hot and finishes dry. Awesome!
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a khaki head. Josh called it perfectly,
molasses and heavy cream. Flavor shows the same with additional chocolate, vanilla, roast malt, bourbon, and dark fruit. Overall body is full, viscous, and extremely sweet.
beerbastard (698) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a Great Beer! Thanks Daknole! Very rich big taste. For such a big beer its well balanced. the alcohol, burbon and maltyness. Such a full and complex flavor.
DYCSoccer17 (3328) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle thanks to my buddy John and his mom. Aroma has plenty of bourbon. Almost some salty notes are also apparent in the nose. I also get some sweet chocolates in the aroma, without really any of the ethanol. Fairly quaffable. Scantly transparent dark brown color with a decent tan head that is quickly dissipating. Sweet, sweet, sugary start. Becomes a little roasty with some chocolate notes. Finishes with a noticeable ethanol burn. Lots of booze and some cereal maltiness at the end. Strange, but boozy and sweet. Hard to not compare this to DFH WWS.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2011 (750ml-thanks Dak!) pours black with tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla. Taste is sweet with alcohol burn. Full bodied with slick and sticky texture. Nice big beer.
Drake (8617) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 mL bottle shared by Bankhead. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Big bourbony aroma with sweet roasted malts, coffee and nutty notes. The taste is big sweet malty notes, bourbon, port wine, leafy hops, coffee, caramel, honey, vanilla. Slightly boozy, but nowhere near what the alcohol content would suggest... this is dangerously drinkable. Overall sweet and quite dessert like. Full bodied. Exceptional beer. Glad to have tried it.
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as night pour. Aroma is sherry, barrel, bourbon, chocolate, prune, dried plum, burnt sugar, molasses, oxidation. Flavor starts as a tawny port with boozy nuttiness and milk chocolate, burnt sugar. It becomes more sherry like in the middle, with pleasantly oxidized notes and chocolate covered prune/plum. Finish is alcohol, sweet oxidation, sherry. Damn. Intense stuff, but good.
craftycarl21 (2243) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to jblauvs for this one. 18.2% ABV on the bottle. Black pour with a beige head. Aroma holds a huge alcohol profile, with sherry and bourbon leading the charge. Further olfactory traits include rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, fig, chestnut, and date, but the hot booziness really prevails. Flavor covers the both the sweet and boozy spectrums. Huge sherry and caramel sweetness, along with a port wine quality, but less rounded and fruity. Really awesome dark fruit profile, but I also get almost some apricot jam in there as well. Palate is, obviously, hugely hot, but I dig it. Really great stuff.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Courtesy of jblauvs. 2010. Jet black with a small beige head. The nose holds tons of cocoa nib, milk chocolate, hot booze, vanilla, charred oak, dark fruit, prune, dates, and vinous port. The flavor is crazy sweet and hot. Tons of port wine, caramel, vanilla, sherry, dark fruit, and epic booze. The palate is rich, thick, velvety, silken, and of course quite hot. Really interesting take on the style. Too much booze and sweetness to make the oxidation stand out as a major flaw.
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2011 Bottle. 2010 version. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown with slight reddish brown highlight on the rim. The head is very slight and forms a slight tan head around the collar of the glass. The aroma is very boozy with notes of molasses, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, and toffee. The alcohol burns the nose as you inhale a deep breath. The taste is sweet with hints of bourbon, dark roast, chocolate, and booze. The booze somewhat overpowers this and I kind of wish it was dialed down a tad but that being said, for the abv this is pretty smooth drinking. Warms as you drink this beer. No lace but it has legs for gods sake! Medium/heavy mouthfeel. This beer is pretty sweet.
2009 version: just as good if not better! So easy drinking with just loads of flavor.