Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 Served on tap at the Bruery on August 9, 2009 in a "Bruery" tulip glass.
A: Very dark and thick with a thin tan head that stayed that way throughout.
S: Deep notes of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some dark fruits, and hints of brown sugar sweetness.
T: Very similar to the nose and very, very strong-tasting. The alcohol is present, but is certainly not overpowering, blending in quite well.
M: Quite smooth and medium-full bodied. My only complaint at all about this beer is that it could have been a little more fuller-bodied with a more creamy texture.
D: Exceedingly drinkable. A four-ounce pour is not nearly enough. It’s too bad the pre-orders were all filled up, but I’m incredibly happy that I ended up in Orange County at just the right time!
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-10-2009
joet (2162) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A disappointing beer at an excellent tasting - (thanks Weaver!) Looks great in the glass - black, opaque, sparkling thin dark foam. Aromas of barrel infusion - vanilla, sweet caramel - but also of acetone and more weakly of ethanol. Taste was slightly thin, perhaps due to alcohol and oily fusels. I don’t mean to sound very negative. It was a good beer -- and mostly delicious. However, it was far and away the weakest beer at the entire tasting. The flaw of acetone and fusels is a major one and flawed the experience.
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2010 Thanks to kmweaver and Ali for sharing this 750ml with a few friends. Pours with a two-finger brown head on top of a brown body that allows quite a bit of light to penetrate, almost like the viscosity of cola. Vibrant and sweet aromas suggest sweet chocolate and brown sugar. The nose on this is dense milk chocolate with some simple syrup and crystal maltiness, with very little in way of detectable hops. The palate is lean, and carbonation is on the high side for style; the mid-palate is watery, and then there’s a hot alcohol finish that dries nicely but is solventy note is distracting. Fermentation temps may have gone a tad high on this batch, yet the grain bill seems elegant.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at the Bruery Provisions in Orange County, CA. Thick, oily black pour with a small amount of cocoa-colored head. Nose of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Heavy mouthfeel but drinks much easier than its 18% abv would suggest. Notes of bourbon, coffee, caramel malt, raisin and warm alcohol. Oaky finish with hint of licorice and hops. What an excellent beer.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks paytoplay! finally trying this one. batch 1, aged about a year in the bottle. pours black with tan head around the rim. a pleasant aroma of port and vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, and fusel alcohol seeps through. the flavor of this beer has nice cherries and chocolate dipped in a raisiny port wine and bourbon. some heat going down but really not much at all. pretty darn good and reminds me a bit of good triple bock.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from tarheels86. Pours a thick menacing black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of black liquorice, alcohol, burnt sugar, vanilla and oak. The flavor is tons of bitter sweet chocolate, black liquorice, coffee, alcohol and some light tanic wood. Very full body with mild carbonation and a thick, oily mouth feel. Crazy beer, this thing drinks like a 12% abv beer. They managed to get a nice balance between the high abv, sweetness and bitterness and still have some carbonation in there. Perfectly drinkable when split between 3 people. Huge thanks to GT, so glad I got to try this
BNSLY (54) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle ’10. thanks Kris. pours nice and dark.the beer had nice lacing on the glass. A beautiful dark stout smells of bourbon and dark fruits,some vanilla,and oak. taste is alot of bourbon not too much. dark and roasty malts, some fruit, caramel,vanilla,and warms youre mouth nicely. can’t imagine how good this will be when it ages more. considering the alcohol content it is hidden really well. i expected alot more heat from the alcohol. Very pleased with this beer.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle shared at Joe’s. Thanks! Deep, slick black with slight, tannish head. Aroma of bourbon, leatherishness, black coffee. Taste is friggin’ GREAT! Dark fruits, plum, more black coffee, cola and of course, bourbon! Booze is prevalent but blended well. This thing is delicious and actually lives up to the hype.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally pulled this one out of the cellar. Pours a glossy black, with a burnt mocha head. Boozy chocolate, some port, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Doesn’t quite cover the 19.5%, but it isn’t too hot. Lots of chocolate, some oak and bourbon - deeper and earthier than WWS, but somewhat similar. Thick - coats your lips and mouth. Jane no likey. Me, on the other hand? I’m a fan. Would love to try one that had been set down for a few years.
5000 (6257) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle:   Pitch black, thin whispy light brown head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Pretty much what I expected for a 19.5% beer.   Huge alcoholic graham cracker and bourbon aroma, heavy roasted malts, and more alcohol.   I sense this one is going to be Fiery!   Huge sweet graham cracker and bourbon maltiness, very sweet, almost cloying, heavy with a silky smooth mouthfeel.   Slight vanilla and marshmallow notes.   Very warming, very very warming but not terribly alcoholic.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Lingering stickiness on the exit, warming, bourbon, vanilla, graham cracker, and sweet roasted malts linger.   Very slight hint of sweetened soy, some dark pitted fruit emerge as it warms a bit.   Great stuff, almost too big!   I orginally read the bottle as 12.5% ABV but now notice its 19.5%. &nsp Lets just say, I feel pretty good right about now.   Great stuff, even if a little potent.   At times, especially when I initially opened this one, wished I was sharing with it something.   Its good, but almost too much.   Thanks to Tim for this gem!