holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at DLD 08 thanks to someone for waiting in the long long line to bring out a pour of this. Pours a thick black color with a beige head. Lots of black licorice/anise in the nose. I wasn’t expecting that, but it was enjoyable. Chocolate, bourbon and dough notes underneath that dominating anise. Lightly sweet chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malts. Not great, but a decent beer.
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at DLD 08. Pours dark, almost black with a tan head. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, and hops. Very bourbon dominated in the taste, however Love bourbon and whiskey so this was a good thing to me. Other notes of coffee and caramel in the taste. Was a small glass fro the 5 bucks I spent on it wish I had some more to drink.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My least favorite beer from DLD. I am just not a fan of BA beers where the Bourbon dominates the beer. Just seems like a waste of good beer to me. I wouldn’t call *this* one a waste, but but the borbon was dangerously close to overpowering the very good Blackout Stout. Poured pitch black. Very creamy mouthful, lots of chocolate roasted barley, malt, hops and carmel in this one. Notes of vanilla and coffee. When chilled, the bourbon lays back, adding complexity, but as the beer warms, it comes forward and the other flavors start to diminish. A very nice "warmer" though, and it did wonders while standing in the cold lines at DLD!
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft... DLD ‘08... This beer rocks!... Tar black ale with a small, creamy, tan head. The aroma offers strong notes of espresso, chocolate and bourbon with a touch of vanilla. Oily and full-bodied with a silky-smooth mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Burnt bitterness follows closely behind bourbony chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Whiskey-warm, chocolate and blackstrap finish. If ever there was a beer totally reconstructed by barrel aging, this is it!
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool to find this at 3F’s. Aroma was nice, roasty, citrus and a little bourbon. Taste was much the same, the roastiness played well off the light citrus hops, then the wood and bourbon came through and rounded it all out. Pretty drinkable as well. Nothing over the top, but well done.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ 3F. Pours a very dark chocolate color; light tan head with patchy lacing. Lots of coffee grounds, boozy bourbon, and some roasted character in the aroma; mostly, lots of bold coffee. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: coffee grounds, toasty bourbon and dense, chewy chocolate; excellent, dense stuff, with just a touch too much raw coffee. Lengthy finish: loads of coffee, chocolate, toasted malts and roast; very much a coffee-ground dominated beer.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ DLD: Pour was pretty black with no head. Nice dark malt and bourbon-based nose with little else of note except some mild oak and espresso notes. A bit more body to this than the regular Black Sun and a very nice oak/bourbon balance to it...some of the chocolate essence came through on the flavor that I found missing in the aroma. Very good stuff.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a deep brown body that at times looked black in the glass and had a slender tan head. The aroma had Bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, licorice (or, was that from a drink I had earlier in the day?), and a woody bitterness. The Bourbon came through much stronger in the flavor, but a splash of runny chocolate also joined the fray and a mild hoppy bitterness finally introduced itself. Probably too light a beer for the BBA treatment, but not bad.
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Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with ruby highlights and a thin sticky brown head...smell is sweet and roasty with strong wood and bourbon notes...oddly, almost alcoholic still...taste is STRONGLY bourbon...almost overpoweringly so...light roasty flavors in the finish...nice chewy mouthfeel...hides some of the odd characteristics of regular blacksun (thinness, imbalanced [strongly hoppy])....over the top though....
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at DLD 2008. Had it next to a Darklord so my judgment may have been a little altered. to me it wasn’t too different for the original Black Sun Stout. some added flavors including Bourbon and vanilla. Overall a good brew.