jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is the same with some alcohol warmth. Very nice.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark dark black, tan foam. Just a massive whiskey bomb, some chocolate and roast come through, but woody, oaky aroma. Taste is much the same, apparent alcohol, whiskey heat, roasty undertones.
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with no head but there are a few bubbles. Big boozy smell with a burnt malt in there. Has a big boozy taste at first followed by boubon, vanilla, and burnt malt. Nice warming feeling all the down. This needs a lot of time in the bottle but there again it is 15%.
brokensail (15595) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black. Very small to no off-white head.
S: Super boozy with a lot of roasted malt aroma. Somewhat solventy with an ashy aroma to it as well. More than anything, though, the nose is booze.
T: The flavor is overly harsh and boozy as well. I guess some booze is expected at such a high ABV, but this is just too much. Lots of roasted malt and charred flavor. Not really enjoyable. Maybe some tannic oak-type notes.
M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Couldn’t even finish more than a few ounces of this.
dmac (5377) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz super expensive bottle from Capones, I’m not saying Capones jacked the price up I mean Voodoo is charging way way too much for this stuff. Poured a solid looking pitch black body with a very very tiny beige head that left some nice oily slicks on the side of my glass and zero lace. Aroma of ALCOHOL. After you get passed that rush of booze I was able to detect vanilla, bourbon, charcoal, smokeyness, chocolate pudding. Flavor is once again ridiculously dominated by alcohol, pudding, vanilla, bourbon, wood and peat. The body on this is just way way too HOT, medium bodied with very light carbonation. This is just way too expensive and way too green.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 I first had this beer at Aaron’s suggesting at Mister Bones in Greensburg 2 years ago. I poo-pooed it and took one home to be nice. After opening it and sipping my first sip, couldn’t get to the phone fast enough to try to secure more of it. alas it was all gone, into the ether to appear a few years later like Brigadoon. Mythical and wondrous in its nature.
Here it is 3 years later and - as vowed - I am sitting on a supply of the new batch. It’s a thunderstorm as I crack the first bottle. (Literally, the first lightning of the Spring)
Dark, inky, black - the best aspect of the appearance is the dark tan head. It doesn’t even seem friendly in any way. This is the best named beer around. This truly is magical.
But taste is where Matt just kills all competition. Just when you were expecting yet another stout in a barrel - the complexity of this brew just surpasses all expectations.
Boozy aroma, dark, dark, DARK fruits and malt. the bourbon is actually SUBTLE. Vanilla and silk. Taste is all malt and brown sugar. Heady but not overly so. A dozen top shelf breweries could take a lesson.
It’s the best of ALL worlds. A barrel aged stout that is light enough to drink more than one of and to enjoy, not just to say you did it. And it’s easy to eat with. I don’t know how he does it. But he does it. It must be Magick.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle thanks to Mike, poured into my Narke tulip... A typical flat ba pour, a light tan ring presents briefly, a deep black body... The aroma smells a little like a black sharpie with some bourbon and alcohol, boring and simple... This is really hot with even more black sharpie and the finish is hot with lots of peat and way too much alcohol.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle. Opened at a tasting nearly a year ago.
Pours near black with zero head retention. A thin whisp of a mocha head comes with the initial pour, but that is gone quite quickly. The nose really, really brings on a boozy character with some bourbon and sharp oak as well. A bit of roasted malt as well as chocolate and vanilla. All these things smell like they’ve been soaked in booze. The taste is booze and oak with mild hints of flavor in the background. A little bit of smoke and roast as well as really dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is completely boozy and a bit viscous. Drinkability is quite low, as this is just a bourbon booze monster.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-21-2010
jtclockwork (14587) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dmac. Pours black. Tan head. Slightly oily. Nose of grain alcohol, chocolate, bourbon barrel and vanilla. Taste of rum raisin, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.
Macegan75 (811) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black and slightly less viscous that motor oil with brown head that fades eventually. The nose is dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla & alcohol. The first sip is roasted malt, bourbon & coffee. The finish is clean with very few lingering flavors. Very good, but not great.