ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, no wax, i believe this is the 2011 edition. pours a silky, somewhat thick, black capped by a razor thin, beige head that leaves slivers of lace on the glass. aroma is excellent with heavy notes of cocoa, toasted graham cracker, dark chocolate, and roasted malts backed by charred oak, bourbon, vanilla ice cream, and figs with a hint of toffee as it warms. flavor is delicious as well with heavy dark chocolate, mocha coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla up front backed by rich, smokey, toasted oak, toffee, bourbon, and dried fruits with sweet notes of coconut and angelís food cake emerging just ahead of the spicy, bourbon finish. palate is full bodied and richer than expected for such high abv with a lingering finish of dark chocolate, oak, and warming bourbon. overall, i was pleasantly surprised by this beer. itís a bourbon bomb for sure but i think a year of aging has served it well and brought out the sweetness and roast to balance the bourbon heat. nice beer.
writerljberg (226) - Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from beerisheaven, a long time ago. First bottling (unlabeled)
A: Obscenely black. Leaves very little of the mocha head after a decent pour. Sharp legs albeit not very dense.
N: Bourbon, oak, soy sauce, fudge. Lots of vanilla, some caramel, and a heaping spoonful of coconut. Very sweet, and when I draw in the aroma, it warms my nose like bourbon does. Thereís a hint of oxidation, cherry syrup, and some brandy.
T: Starts with an aggressive roast and bitterness. Adds a touch of sweetness through the middle and finishes up with oak and charcoal. Hint of salt and iron.
M: Potent stuff. Really strong - to the point where it opens my eyes a little wider. Quite thick, but itís rather drying. Alcohol seems to have eased off the throttle.
O: A solid beer with a lot to offer if you like ash and cigars, but it might do with a touch more sweetness. Holding up pretty well, though.
Atom (997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a dark black/brown with slight tan lacing for a head. Aroma of chocolate, Bourbon, oak. molasses. Taste is a heavy Bourbon and oak mixed well with chocolate, a slight roast, flowery, with caramel. Pretty heavy on the Bourbon. Not bad though.
JaBier (3729) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Brad at Jackie Oís. Darkest brown to black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of booze, chocolate and roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with heavy bourbon before a roasty and boozy finish. Could use some time to mellow, but pretty tasty now too.
PhillyCraft (1975) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, first batch from either 07 or 08. Pours flattish brown with no head or lace. Notes were bitter as fuck, soy, roasted malt, bourbon, dark choc and toffee. Soft carbonation with a full mouthfeel. I think this one had too much soy, def on its way out.
kaips1 (56) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle to oversized snifter, dont know which vintage. smells of vanilla and dark roasty malts, hints of barrel on the backend. pours a black as night abyss with a small amount of chocolate milk looking head that quickly disappeared. tastes of roast and bourbon and chocolate and vanilla and alcohol at the finish. the body is nicely rich and slightly chewy and some heat from the 15.5 % on the finish. overall this is pretty epic and much better than almost any bcbs that ive had. this kills .
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2008 bottling - Black pour, light carbonation, lacing is light. Nose is only slightly boozy, wood is prevelent, light on the vanilla. Very light mouthfeel, not viscous at all. Bitterness rips the outside edge with a minor amount of oxidation. Sweetness from bourbon is non-existent, any BA flavors are all but gone, finish stops 3/4 of the palate, very short. ABV of 15.5% has leveled off to a water-like level. FINAL: 6/20 Appearance is average and the heat from the booze has disapated, however it came at the cost of the rich vanilla and chocolate flavors that the bourbon used to showoff. While this is not a drain pour, I would say that this had peaked 6-8 months ago, and would have had only another 3 months before drain pour would have been the option.
rogee64 (20) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick pour, dark chocolate head. Aroma of tobacco and bourbon. Taste of tobacco chocolate and a little bit of coffee. 2009 bottle so this really mellowed out, fantastic beer!
nbondi (195) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. No head. Nose of caramel, red wine, smoke, prunes, dark baking chocolate. Thick, but not overly so, with good, lively carbonation. Flavors of bitter chocolate, burnt toast, Scotch whisky. Very roasty. Very good, but burnt toast is a bit overwhelming.
MotherBrother (550) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour dark, as good as black, brown, with no head.
Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, vanilla, slight chocolate, slight smoke, slight licorice, prunes, raisins and some boozy bourbony - woody stuff as well. - Quite tasty...
Taste is rather sweet, (probably follows with the 15,5 abv), but not too dominating. Semi-full bodied, with a rather flat carbonation. A little heat on the palate, which also follows along side with the above 15 abv...
- Thanks to Tom for sending me this.