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 ratingÖ I love this brew this is a must try
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 Aaronís 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, couldnít 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. Itís 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 doesnít 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.
Itís 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 itís easy to eat with. I donít know how he does it. But he does it. It must be Magick.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Heavy black body with a thin chocolate colored head. Intense aroma of brownie batter, oak, Kahlua, coffee, molasses and whiskey. Amazing aromatic complexity. The taste is divine. Rich chocolate, espresso, and molasses up front, with brown sugar and caramel in the middle, ending with a long oak and whiskey aftertaste. Unbelievable. Hands down my favorite voodoo brew and the best RIS I’ve had in a long time.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had at Hophead22ís Imperial Stout Tasting. Thanks Tim. Black with a nice dark brown head. Big alcohol and sweet chocolate and cherry aroma. Rich candy sugar, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, mild anise, oak and caramel taste with a slightly dry finish. Excellent.
BMan1113VR (7773) - 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!
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel), average hops (perfume), heavy yeast (dough, leather) with notes of alcohol, plum, dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a pitch black color with not any head at all really. Aroma was loads and loads of whiskjey and hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was like strong coffee with a drop of chocolate and a shot of whiskey added. Bourbon flavor was there, but the burn was not. This is excellent stuff. Reminds me alot of WWS
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.
blutt59 (5999) - 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
mar (4595) - 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.