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 (7411) - 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 (2191) - New Mexico, 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 (7997) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (11837) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel), average hops (perfume), heavy yeast (dough, leather) with notes of alcohol, plum, dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Ratman197 (12822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with beerandblues2(thanks Brad) poured a opaque dark brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bourbon, dark fruit, licorice and molasses. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, dark fruit, molasses and licorice with a smooth warming lingering bourbon finish.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Heavy black body with a thin chocolate colored head. Intense aroma of brownie batter, oak, Kahlua, coffee, molasses and whiskey. Amazing aromatic complexity. The taste is divine. Rich chocolate, espresso, and molasses up front, with brown sugar and caramel in the middle, ending with a long oak and whiskey aftertaste. Unbelievable. Hands down my favorite voodoo brew and the best RIS I’ve had in a long time.
kramer (5760) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unlabeled 12 oz bottle, via BA Deuane. Pours an oily pitch black body with a tight bubbled chocolate brown head that fell to a thin covering. Looks to be a good deal of carbonation. The nose is pretty huge. Tons of thick roasty and chocolaty malt with a moderate bourbon scent that competes for supremacy. Lots of vanilla, some oak, little black strap molasses, smoke, pretty big alcohol vapors, and Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Big roasted malt up front with a bit of charred oak and vanilla that fades to a nice toasted oak and alcohol laced finish. Long lingering smoky charred malt finish. This is not nearly as brash and in your face as I was expecting, nor is it nearly as tough as a World Wide Stout to drink. Candied dark fruits and some molasses sweetness throughout. Rather oily texture, mouth coating and thick with very nice soft gentle carbonation that keeps it from feeling too thick and syrupy. This is actually pretty darn good, much better than I was expecting. I think that this could really do even better with a good bit of age one it.
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of tpd975 ... straight out of district 1 voodoo box.
Don’t pay attention to the cheap label of this beer, this one is one sweet and amazing brew.
Pours a nice pitch black with nice brownish head. Beer leaves this nice thick golden lace when you swirl the glass ... a sure sign of something unique.
Aroma and taste were very similar. Good notes of the bourbon barrel, nice roastiness malts and chocolate. Beer has a really low carbonation, no head. Subtle use of fruits and vanilla.