rallison (116) - USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle #578 out of 817.
Pours a slightly fizzy rich dark brown/black with a head that dies quickly but leaves a creamy ring.
Huge whisky on the nose with some hints of oak and chocolate. Lacking a bit of balance, but I dig it.
Initially, the carbonation is slightly higher than preferred resulting in a touch of a fizzy body. After a few minutes and a few swirls, I now have a much more luscious body. Whisky, again, is predominant, but the imperial porter base beer lends some wonderful sweet chocolate and vanilla notes. Oak. Molasses. Cola. Fantastic, if not a bit over the top in the whisky.
Finishes with quite a bit of alcohol warmth and some burn. Some age will help with that (6 months or a year from now should be mighty tasty).
A mighty fine beer that, currently, lacks balance but is still very, very good. Some more age to soften that aspect and this could be perfect. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 Robbie surprised us all at the SD gathering w/ this puppy. Aroma teems up upon opening, arrogrant but elegant. Bourbon wrapped choco-vanilla, dark fruits and some subtle sweetness. It comes off a bit boozy - hot for sure. Flavors match up w/ the nose ... a lot of heat to back up the chocolate/vanilla/bourbon/oak combo. Typical BA Alesmith palate, amazing. Overall, I don’t find this mind shattering by any means...a bit messy. Time will definitely help the aggressive heat. Thanks Rob! mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2009
750ml bottle, #721/817, with a big thanks to JohnnyJ for the hookup, you rock my man! Pours a nice dark brown with a sizable tan head. Aroma is lovely, with a nice balance of overripe dark fruits, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, milk chocolate, coconut, caramel and molasses. Flavor is quite nice as well, with lots going on in good proportion; more dark fruits, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. There’s the slightest touch of alcohol on the finish that comes out unexpectedly. Not overly distracting, and don’t want to overstate it in any way, but it keeps this from being really standout in my book. I could imagine that would integrate better with some more age. I wasn’t a huge fan of the regular version of this, but trying this it seems to be made for barrel aging. Very nice stuff indeed, thanks again Jonathan! JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Dark rich black with 1 inch thing crazy head. Smells like vanilla and bourbon with a sweet hint of coconut. Very great musky after taste. Very smooth and kick ass. This is one of the best beers I have had. Much easier to drink than Bourbon County. Thank you DuffmanSW for sharing this awesome beer! Moosington (28) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - MAR 28, 2009
750ml from brewery. Poured dark black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Strong aroma of bourbon and vanilla, with hints of raisin and other dark fruits. You could smell the alcohol, but it wasn’t overwhelming. The flavor is dominated by the bourbon with an interestingly spicy chocolate finish. While the bourbon might have been a bit too prevalent, it was still a very tasty beer and could probably get even better with another year of aging.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is vanilla. bourbon, chocolate, oak, molasses, and some dark fruit. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and oak. Some alcohol there too, but it doesn’t seem like 10% Medium body and carbonation. Killers stuff, and it should only improve with age. djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle # 53/817. I went up last Saturday thinking hey would’ve sold out of this, as it went on sale on Friday. I was fortunate enough to get a bottle. When I got there at 1pm, they said they had about 2 cases left.
Poured dark with a light tan, two-finger head. Little retention. No lacing.
Strong bourbon smell.
This tastes like a straight porter, with a couple shots of whiskey dropped in. Makes me think the barrel aging was started in barrels that weren’t empty yet.
Medium carbonation. I’m getting a very light version of the burn that happens when you take a shot of whiskey, but in a good way.
Alcohol is evident, but not TOO strong. This is a sipper.
I think this is one that would age well. It’s already 2 years old, and I’d be very interested in tasting it again in another two years. GeekasaurusRex (1) - USA - MAR 20, 2009 does not count
Bottle #339/817. Purchased on brewery release date (1 of 3). Gustatory nirvana! Superlative aromas of coconut, vanillin, roasted espresso beans, melted asphalt, bittersweet chocolate, maple syrup, and smoke. The attack is explosive and multi-dimensional. Silky in the mouth, this is velvet wallpaper for the tongue! Endless finish with full reprisal of aromatic forebears. Should improve with age but may be impossible to keep hands off! Outstanding. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle purchased from the brewery. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, smoke, burnt wood. The flavors of the same included a bit of alcohol. Maybe just a bit to much bourbon flavor for my liking. Still a wonderful beer. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
750ml bottle. Damn this is awesome smelling, bourbon, a hint of vanilla. Dark black pour with a small light brown head. Flavor is alot of vanilla up front , very smooth, no alcohol present at all. This has to be one of the best beers I have ever had, complete orgasm all around.