MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black glops fall to perhaps the darkest brown head that Iíve seen. Very sweet nose strongly of vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Major bourbon washout in the flavor, also wood, alcohol, roast, and brownie. Rather watery body and finish given the weight. Roast and alcohol burn linger. It started off un-cohesive and went downhill from there.
mar (4995) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge thanks to bu11zeye for this one. pitch black pour with a dark espresso head. incredible nose of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts and more vanilla. great on the palate with a huge vanilla bourbon flavor and a smooth roasted chocolate finish. incredible beer.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black stout with a motor oil consistency and a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is detectable but mainly dominated by bourbon notes. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with a bit too much alcohol for my taste with light vanilla finish. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is too apparent. Very well done but I canít say I enjoy barrel-aging with alcohol is so present.
blutt59 (6136) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, black color with short lived brown head, aroma of vanilla, white out, elmers glue, per Lumpy mead like, very nice, flavor is winey, strong fruit, alcohol, beef jerky bourbon, strong whiskey finish
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. AWESOME BEER! Pours extremely viscous with a small fading brown head. The black body underneath is glass coating. Aroma is sick (in a good way!!)! Bourbon, vanilla, fudge, wood, licorice, and alcohol. Taste is barrel, wood, vanilla, chocolate, lightly lactic with some nuts an umami. Viscous mouthfeel with light carbonation. This stuff is great!
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nose/taste-mead, meat tenderizer, some light wood, butter, medium CO2, unami, soy, popcorn.
NachlamSie (2903) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle supplied by the generous efforts of Tronraner. Obviously Iím expecting a thick, burning, syrupy beast at 15% abv, but this wasnít quite like that. Itís black and viscous, but not extreme. No head forms. This basically smells like whiskey. Vanilla, charred oak, and a faint chocolate note. I sip with caution and am not really overwhelmed. It is comparable to sipping whiskey it even lacks the thick, sticky malts that often accompany barrel aged imperial stouts. No serious alcohol burn is present which makes me question the 15% claim, but I did feel rather nice after just 6 oz. This is pretty great for a slow sipper.
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to kan. pours black with tan head. nose of bourbon!, alc, chocolate. flavors of soy, woody, chocolately, bourbon. that touch of soy kills the flavor.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from a recent trade..... pours a dull close to black pour with a non-existent head.... aroma is hugely bourbon-laden and green apple.... flavors are huge on the bourbon and not completely sweet. finishes a bit sour while the middle was on the sweet soy side. minimally carbonized. finish is a bit hot...
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by pepsican. Poured an opaque black color with a brown head. Smelled boozy, kind of like a liqueuer. Whiffs of vanilla, fig, and prune greeted the nose. Full bodied and slightly sweet with light roasty bitterness. Rich flavors of dark fruit, molasses, and roasted malt emerged. There was a warming alcohol effect that peaked at the end and was accompanied by a hint of scotch flavor. Good stuff.