Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a slightly lighter brown head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, boozy, bourbony. Tastes of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, boozy, some chocolate, spicy.
pineypower (2378) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s, no label obtained in 10/08. Pours out black with a very slight brown head. Aroma is of oak bourbon, chocolate and some roast. Taste packs a punch, bourbon, roasted malts, oak, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a burning straight forward bourbon note on the finish. Definitely could have sat a bit longer, once it warmed up, I actually thought I was sipping bourbon.
Tmoney99 (9992) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06.
Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy Belgian chocolate, woody and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a dark brown almost black topped with a small tan ring. Aroma was of light bourbon along with some burnt roast. Taste was more of the bourbon and the burnt malt. A little sugar sweetness and more of the bourbon. Thanks ditmier for sharing.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a fresh bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.
Pours a motor oil black with a thin brown head that leaves a crown and an island with spotty lacing. Looks viscous.
Smells first of whiskey way up front, roasted malts and chocolate in the background. The whiskey is strong as hell. I can smell this from about three feet. I wonder if the barrels these were aged in were still full.
The bourbon character is still there in the taste, but not nearly as overpowering as the smell. Still a strong brew, whiskey hitting you first followed by your typical impy tastes, but something about this screams it is of a higher quality than your run of the mill.
Pretty thick bodied with low carbonation, mouth coating. It’s like drinking whiskey without the regrets. I could chug this stuff if I knew I wouldn’t end up on the floor. Simply great. I only downrated it because even letting it slightly warm, the bourbon character became too overpowering.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2012 A huge shout out and thanks to Dim for making this one happen. I pored a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass it produced a finger worth of dark chocolate colored head that dissipated rather quickly leaving a thin lace. The body of the brew was a midnight black in color.
There was a huge bourbon aroma coming from this brew. Basically that was all you could get from the nose other than the typical vanilla and oak. It was a little hot at first but the after taste was really quite enjoyable. That is where you get all the wonderful flavors.
I tasted the flavor of bourbon and roasted malts along with some vanilla. It had a medium feel in my mouth with light carbonation for my tongue.
A very sipable beer if that is a word. I finished the 12 oz and enjoyed every drop. It was defiantly a brew that I would only drink one of in a sitting but would love to have again
Adjusted the rating… I love this brew this is a must try
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks MrChopin! - Pours dark brown almost black with a small brown head...aroma is straight bourbon and slight malt, slight char...flavour is oddly thin despite the viscosity and ABV, again massive bourbon (like drinking bourbon) with some sweet and slightly bitter burnt sugar, oak and some burn...ineresting, but way different than I expected...
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of Batch 1 from Adrian910ss. Thanks man! Pours a pitch black tar with a spare dark brown head. Nose is full of alcohol/bourbon, molasses, burnt oak, tobacco. Flavors a very full almost harsh, loads of bourbon, coconut, date, tobacco. A huge stout that could use even more aging.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Steve for the bottle! Poured inky deep brown (near black) with a dusting and a ring of tan head.. potent enough to leave legs down the side of the glass. The aroma jumped out of the bottle with rich, sticky bourbon and molasses leading.. further investigation brings out vanilla, sweeter oaky notes, and baker’s chocolate.. prickly, peppery alcohol on the back of the nose. The flavor began smoothly with aged molasses, vanilla, and lesser chocolate.. spicy, hot alcohol first appeared about a third of the way through about the same time as the barrel impression.. toasted oak, sweet bourbon, earth, and tobacco came together well, and rode out the finish on a molasses and maple base, picking up toasted coconut right at the back.. dry heat after the swallow. Heavily-bodied and syrupy on the palate with almost no carbonation evident.. heat was there, but perhaps at a reasonable level considering the ABV.. the stout was big enough to hold up to the bourbon, but it was a challenge to drink.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Avalon68 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of a lot of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and light alcohol. It pours a dark brown, with no transparency, and a small beige head that fades to a moderate ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate and light vanilla. It finishes with bourbon and light maple syrup. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is hidden rather well. Medium-full bodied with light carbonation.