afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours an oily black with a small tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, and a hint of coconut. Taste is the same as aroma but not as prominent. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Very good.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW this IPS kicked ass and the dark black roasted flavor was very present and it warmed you up as it slid down my thoat a solid beer that i would have liked to try in a few years of aging.CHEERS!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blackish color with a solid chocolate-coffee-heavy malt aroma that has some nice bourbon and oak notes. Flavor is chocolatey with some serious roast, bourbon, vanilla/oak, and some sugar in there. Tingly mouthfeel with the oakiness lingering. I really liked this one, but as a sucker for anything Bourbon Barrel aged, I could be biased. Quite tasty, but for the price I paid I’m not sure how many I would buy (if this were to be readily available).
michael-pollack (4959) - 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 (1375) - 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 (1763) - 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 (881) - 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 (9701) - 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.