michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, and molasses. Poured pitch black in color with a small brown head. Opaque. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, malts, vanilla, roasting, and oak. Medium to full body. Thick, viscous texture. Soft carbonation. Bourbon, chocolate, and oak finish.
waolsen (1371) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. thanks mike. big musky oak aroma with vanilla. smooth. dark malty chocolate with vanilla and musky oak throughout. light bourbon. body seems cut significantly with the barrel aging. very good.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Hopdog. Poured black and oily with a small tan head and brown legs. Doughy and roasty sweet malt aroma. Burnt sugar with mild vanilla and milder bourbon. The flavor is roasty, semi-sweet with notes of vanilla. Some bourbon on the finish. Roasty bitterness on the finish. Huge warmth in the throat where the bourbon comes out as well.
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black, with almost no head. Aroma is sweet malt, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, and. molasses. Flavor is malt, burnt wood, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. As others have said, it’s still hot, and should be much better in a year or two.....or more.
Still quite interesting.
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle at Bella Vista opening: excellent nose on it, but a ton of alcohol-- As BP said, will definitely improve with age. The barrel aging comes through heavily in the aroma-- it’s very complex and I’ll look forward to holding a couple bottles in my cellar once it’s released.
bp (836) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Belle Vista Grand Opening: pours a thick dark black, malty and chocolate aroma, taste is chocalte, coffee, and a lot of alcohol, it is much too hot for me, would do well with some additional time in the bottle, for now the alcohol lowers my rating of this...good potential with some aging.
DocLock (8674) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unlabeled grey market bottle via Capone’s at the behest of PUB’N and a bevy of armed guards. Pours jet black with 1-finger fizzy dark brown head (the darkest brownest head I have ever seen) that settles quickyl and is gone forever. Nose is dark patent malt, chocoff, figgy fruit, molasses, jalapeno oils, cognac, oaky bourbon. Amazong nose!! Flavor is rauchy chareed dark malt, oaky bourbon, very dry, with dark chocolate, seared charred malt. Palate is a 3-4 for this style, with the extremely high ABV obviously taking away some of the palate heft, and a dry, charred, cacao, oaky, and cognacy finish. Gets real hot late, wioth a flavor I’d approximate as half Founders Kentucky Breakfast, 1/4 cognac. and a 1/4 mix of Aecht Rauchbier and Sam Adams Tripel Bock, although not as thick. This one is unique, but gets too hot and one-dimensional for my tastes.
egajdzis (5652) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, dark tan head that left spotty tan lacing, and a tan film on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla oak, chocolate, roast, smoke, and alcohol. Taste of more bourbon, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, smoke, tobacco, vanilla, molasses, and a an alcohol burn.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz unlabeled bottle. Poured a dark black color with just a trace of a brown head. Aromas of wood, brown sugar, chocolate, wood, vanilla, molasses, peaty/earthiness, and lighter bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a little earthy. Definitely a heavier alchohol burn in the finish. I’m definitely going to lay one of these puppies down for a bit.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2008 Thanks to egadjzis. Pours a deep black with a deep tan head with a slightly lacing head. Aroma of super sweet malt, molasses, deep chocolate notes, amorretto, almonds, woody, light bourbon. Flavor of roasted charred wood, light bourbon, vanilla, alcohol burn, sweet maltiness, surprisingly drys out a little in the finish, chocolate and some light coffee. Quite a burn.