muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of The Man, DavidP, poured at cellar temperature into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. A dark tan head of moderate duration, finely bubbled, tops the sunless body....the nose at first quite faint, just mild licorice and vanilla-whiskey, chocolate coming in late in the game along with a touch of espresso, rich toffee and fine whiffs of grass.....the flavor is quite lovely, rich chocolaty-caky with mild hints of the barrel and again some licorice, little to no alcohol apparency until quite warm (cellar temp is great for this one), and some nice orange liqueur/ bitter citric hops towards the finish, with a slightly drier, mineralic texture to wind it down....rich, velvety mouthfeel with a touch of oiliness but mostly lots of thick black malt, roasty and bittersweet throughout, never verging on either syrupy or oily and thus near-perfect......Iím with the yea-sayers on this one, and honestly I must just not be that sensitive to whiskey/bourbon flavors, because this seems pleasantly mild and balanced to me.....a delight.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep brown and sticky, with a fast, tan head. Props to the crayon font and cartoon on the label. Big alcohol affront... Southern Comfort covers all in the aroma, and SoCo is anathema to me. Seems like somebody forgot to tell these guys to empty the whiskey barrel before adding the beer. †Chocolate/cherry flavor with vanilla. Lingering fruity-sweet aftertaste despite thin alcohol astringence. Definitely a beer that would own you in large quantities.
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Ughsmash (6970) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pour was just picture-perfect... deep, cranberry-tinted brown with a stocky, well-retained caramel head. Nose was chock fulla sweet caramel and bourbon... roasty chocolate and espresso... oaken vanilla and nutmeg... my only qualm is that the nose may be a tad over-saturated with bourbon (even watered up the eyes a bit). Flavor began with tingly alcohol and bitters on the tip of the tongue... progressing to sour dark malts (dark chocolate and coffee)... with roasty vanilla and hazelnut emerging at the top of (and through the) finish. Oh yeah... and the bourbon is everywhere... unfortunately masking some of the underlying beery goodness that I believe is there. Palate is a tad less than medium-bodied, with an interesting sweet/sour dichotomy stemming from the roasted dark malts and bright bourbon highlights throughout. Finish is tacky and roasty. Very good beer... maybe a little less time in the barrel (or a less potent barrel) may have made this excellent.
Cornfield (5347) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled with frankenkitty at a very mini-The LoSBD meeting: I have to give this a cautioned recommended rating. Thereís obviously a rich malty porter beneath this, but itís one of those instances when the barrel aging takes over the drink. A strong, sweet Bourbon aroma, reminiscent of past bouts with Southern Comfort, dominates the nose, some milk chocolate managing to seep through it all. The flavor is a tad more complex, adding a bit of oaken woodiness, a drop or two of vanilla, and a trace of nutty bitterness. The finish returns to the sweet Bourbon. I like it, somewhat, but I think that imbibing too much of this ale would bring about an undesirable rise out of me.
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murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a solid jet black into my Tyranena Pint glass. Itís cliche, but hey, it was clean.
The head was really nice; a light tan color.
The nose is latte, caramel, Jack Danielís, mollassis, and pepper.
The taste is so damn smooth. WOW. Itís all Jack Danielís to me. A bit too much actually, slightly overpowering. It follows with an Irish cream finish. The coffee roast disappeared? Would have liked a bit more roast, but all in all, the best 6 dollar 4-pack since Old Rasputin.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 What a pleasant surprise...light coffee, espresso, caramel and toffee....with VERY subtle oak, bourbon, and barrel aged properties. Very well done and very understated. I appreciate the subtlety. Special thanks to my buddy, El_Borracho, for this great find!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of DavidP. Bourbon, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee in the nose and mouth. Smooth bourbon/vanilla/coconut finish. Very drinkable, but a bit watered-down. Wish this one had a little more chocolate malt.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2006 Re-rate has turned (the bottom) into a great beer. Truly remarkable. When drinking this 2 other people commented "thats the greatest thing Iíve ever tasted". While that might be a drunken exageration, it is damn good. Age has treated this one well.
Pours a pitch black color, no light gettitn through this one. Almost no light brown head. The bourbon is light on the aroma. Though thats about it as far as whats goin up the schnozz. A little coffee, roasted flavors. And now we drink.. sour, bitter, not much body. Second sip has a little more body, rounded out chocolate flavors, but still the sourness.... bourbon bite sourness... strong and overbearing.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle via trades with DavidP and Duane! - Thanks to you both! - Pours black with a nice tan head that settles back to a film quickly but laces in patterns from then on down. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavor is a great chocolate, caramel, roasted malt base that is embellished by beautiful subtle bourbon flavor, vanilla, and oak. Nothing overpowering just a smooth drinkable porter with so much nice flavor taken from the barrel that makes this a great beer. Palate is smooth and melts in your mouth like a kraft caramel. Oh this one belongs in the top 50..
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 it poured out a nice dark, rich color. The smell of bourbon with a touch of chocolate. Had it sit out for about a half hour. Why you ask? So I could enjoy the wonderful taste of bourbon heaven. This is my second time I am drinking this and its even beter than the first. I am glad I bought a case of this fine beer. I canít wait to try the other 3 beers from Tyranenaís series of big, bold, ballsy beers. Great job brewing this wonderful imperal poter. Had it again and just gets better. The longer you leave it out, the better it gets.You get all the aroma out there. Coffee, chocolate and the bourbon. What a combo.