OldMrCrow (1698) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 Bottle at Prufrock’s place.
This is one good-looking beer. Pitch black with a beautiful, ample but finely structured head. Ashy aroma, nice mellow vanilla oak, not too boozy. Dark cocoa dominates; blackberry underneath (pleased to see that I used the same descriptor on the regular SNIS), mellow bourbon. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, basically no heat. Relatively fresh as this bottle may be, this beer is drinking nice right now. I’m pleased to have had the chance to try this one.
SSSteve (3630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. small creamy brown head. very fresh woody aroma. bitter roast, some grassy hop notes, dry wood. could use some sweetness. somewhat dry for style.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, the price on this was a bit steep. $25 a four pack? Sheesh. The appearance was perfect, a finger inch of dark brown head over a black pour with intricate lacing. The cent was a little vanilla cream on a boozy bourbon. Thick but smooth feel. The flavor kicked off bourbon to a creamy roasted coffee and hint of vanilla, back to a boozy bourbon finish. Overall, delicious. Just too expensive.
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vtafro (2280) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Phil. Bottle. Black pour with tan head with a very slick viscosity. Bourbon and some chocolate and coffee undertones. Flavors range from sweet chocolate and vanilla to roasted malts to coffee and bourbon.
rxeight (968) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a pair of these from my brother for christmas, opened one last night, ad wasnt feeling it. I really wasnt getting much bourbon bunch of vanilla and oak mixed with an mediocre stout. wasnt impressed. I got tired and poured the remaining back into the bottle, only poured half in the first place put a wine stopped in and went to bed.
Opened it up today and its a completely different beer, bourbon chocolate and coffee, on the flat side today but the taste is pretty good. Not sure if I could compare it to the regular one the bourbon changes the beer, but i remember that one being a very overrated decent imperial stout. this is a fairly underrated decent bourbon stout.
JBPortland (395) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours near black with a finger of tan head. Nose is big fruity bourbon, licorice, roasty bitter chocolate. Taste is strong bourbon, dark fruits, ashy, roasty, cream. Finish is boozy roast malt and creamy ash, fruity bourbon. Very nice.
koleminer20 (331) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Shared in line for the 4 Elf Party. The pour isn’t overly black like I’d expect. More of a dark dark brown. There is a thinner dark head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. The aroma is mostly roasted malt with some chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and vanilla. There is a moderate bourbon presence, and it’s not overly bad. The flavor is just how the aroma smells. Light chocolate, good quantities of licorice and vanilla, and there is a hearty burn from the bourbon. Not overly great, and in fact, I prefer the regular one over the bourbon barrel aged one
Fritz123 (707) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at the Thirsty Dog tasting room on draft. Snifter. Big, black pour with a tan head that lasted for only 30 seconds. No lacing. Bold aroma with dark chocolate, mild coffee, cocoa nibs, bourbon barrel oak, vanilla, and roasted malts. The taste was heavy roasted malts, bourbon barrel (but not overly booze), charred oak, slight smoke, vanilla and a hint of spices. Full body, mild oily, Finish is bourbon and oak with vanilla. Very very good.
douglas88 (5460) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle thanks big time to Dan. Pours a jet black color with a small brown head, it goes down quick. A sweet big bourbon nose, some vanilla, a bit of roasted malt, fruit. Big bourbon sweetness, vanilla, caramel, light heat, some dark fruit, oily very slick. Very good beer. Hot.
Garlic_of_Doom (339) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dennis, thanks!
Black with a beige foam ring clinging to the glass.
Aroma has mostly sweet bourbon and some chocolate. Onesided but nice.
Taste is sweet with bourbon, roasted notes, dark chocolate, coconut and peppery notes. No alcohol.
Medium body, medium carbonation.
Aftertaste is dry with peppery bourbon.