WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz handbottle via seaoflament at the red poppy release. Poured like liquid motor oil, it was sweet and nice, but overall quite good and light on the heat.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Two different bottles, one with the paper label one without. Both brought to the Stouts tasting.
I’m really glad we all shared these two bottles. Wow what an awesome beer. Definitely a sipper and defiantly something to share (both the enjoyment of and the ABV of with friends.)
The beer is quite hot, but manageable. Would do well with some years on it. Thick and oily and really really enjoyable. Thanks to DA (and other) for bringing this treat.
LinusStick (2734) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow this is big beer but also one of those beers that you drink and think "this is too big and too over the top to enjoy". Maybe some don’t have that point but for me this is it. Aroma was great. Smelled like bourbon with just a hint of chocolate. Pour was a flat thick deep black with no bubbles or head. Taste was very strong and bourbon-y which is a minus for me. This is like drinking a flat mix of bourbon and coffee with a bit of chocolate in between. The bourbon is overpowering and the lack of strong carbonation make this beer one to sip and look out the window. I would love to age this and try again.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in trade from JB185, I believe. Thanks! Pours dark, oily black with a medium lived tan head. Smell is rich chocolate and bourbon. Smooth and rich smell. Taste is mild roastiness, a touch bitter and tartness with a moderate amount of bourbon flavor and a nice little warming sensation and some oakiness to it. Overall it is a bit mild flavored, yet it hides most of the 15% pretty well in the actual flavor. Slightly thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Pretty good beer and a great one for a cold night.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, vinous, alcohol, maple and vanilla. The flavor is much more refined than the nose, a viscous chocolate mineral maple blend. Bourbon and light dark fruity esters, finishes with a moderate warming. Dam good.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. hand-bottle - thanks riverside; dark black with no head; aromas are on the harsh side and very bitter - bourbon, alcohol, prunes, coffee; drinks hot and very bitter again; a little too much for me
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black, with a few wisps of brown bubbles. Aroma of port, prune, raisin, oak and chocolate. Hefty dark fruit flavor; lots of prune, molasses, wood, bourbon, charcoal and chocolate round out the palate. Chocolate and alcohol remain on the palate for a while. This is a bit too hot for me; maybe a few years in the cellar will temper this one a bit.
after4ever (5847) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12-oz., hand bottled. Thanks, Riverside! Jet black. Headless, laceless. Boubon, vodka, and prunes on the nose. Leaves your nostrils tingling with the alcohol heat. Creamy, slightly sticky mid-palate. Pruney vodka and bourbon mid-palate. Long, hot, twangy finish.
Kevin (2023) - Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
coal mine black with a dark gray head . strong whiskey aroma with dark raisin, it burns a bit, wow. green raisin is strong in the flavor. a bit thin, lingering roast notes. a bit of vanilla mixed in there. not as much whiskey taste as i expected.
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Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another rarity courtesy of tbd975, you my friend ROCK!!! Pours up dead blackness void with thin brown head. Big boozy bourbony and oaky aroma clearly detected from feet away from my glass. As my nose gets less than “feet” away I can start to pick up some roasty malts way off in the back. The taste is kind of thin bringing in big amounts of bourbon followed by mild roasty to caramel malts, some vanilla and then oak notes. Oak and booze ride together to the finish in a big bold nearly brash manner. This brew could use a more balance as age may bring out the base beer.