j25stew (4) - Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012 does not count
If ever you wanterd perfection in a boubon aged beer this is it! The taste is strong with coffe , brown sugar, nice bitterness and alot of bourbon. mwooley23 (4) - - DEC 3, 2012 does not count
Had it at a tap takeover. Simply the best beer I ever had. Liquid candy is how I would describe it. Perfection. I love goose island’s bourbon county but Alewerk’s is one notch ahead. nearbeer (5463) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Bomber 1279 of 2009. Opaque brown-black with a lasting quarter-inch of creamy foam. Aroma of Baby Ruth, dusty grain, vanilla and light whiskey. Flavor is more goodness of the same love with a light char and dry wood finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and lightly sticky. Drippy-soapy lacing everywhere. Excellent brew.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 first rating! bottle #21/2009 from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, slightly oily, very dark brown, with a thin, light khaki head and great lacing. aroma is excellent with huge notes of praline, vanilla extract, burnt caramel, and sweet brown sugar with hints of dark chocolate, toasted coconut, maple, and roast coffee with the slightest touch of oaked bourbon. flavor is absolutely decadent and honestly tastes like german chocolate cake dipped in bourbon. big, sweet notes of chocolate, vanilla cream frosting, coconut, brown sugar, and toffee up front followed by bitter, roast coffee, nutty malts, and a hint of dark fruit with smooth, slightly smokey, oaked bourbon notes elegantly coming through in the long, lingering, roasty finish. palate is silky smooth yet full bodied and mildly carbonated. the flavors in this brew peak after about 15 minutes in the glass and that’s when it become spectacular. call me a homer, but this is a perfect example of barrel aging done right and one hell of a great brew.
*UPDATE* fresh, 2010 edition, bottle #2008/2010. wow, hard to believe that this one is better the second time around. tasted on tap @ greenleaf and out of the bottle the aroma and the flavor have a massive kick of roasted coffee, burnt caramel, and wood (those new barrels are the real deal!) with a more elegantly integrated bourbon and vanilla presence with huge dark chocolate on the finish. palate is more substantial than last years version as well. wow, this is truly an unbelieveable beer. i am now forced to do an ’09-’10 side-by-side! Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2015
I’m sort of speechless right now. This is one of the most intense smelling beers I’ve experience. In a good way of course. Of all the bourbon beers I’ve had, this one actually kicks up the bourbon aroma in a big way. There’s a huge bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate aroma that fills the air around the glass. There’s also hints of oak and cigar tobacco; I don’t really know how else to describe it. Not going to see anything through the absolute pitch black color of this one. Taste has a lot going on. There’s a massive amount of bourbon, some chocolate, oak, and vanilla. There’s nothing subtle about this amazing beer. All the flavors are big and work so perfectly together. This was an absolute experience, I definitely dug this. Drink it slow and enjoy all the awesome flavor.
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2012
This fine offering from the folks at Williamsburg
Alewerks is deep deep brown with little hints of ruby chestnut around the edges.
The head is tan but small. It is dense and mousse like none the less leaving fine sticky lacing about the glass. With a considerable amount of time you can glimpse deep into the beer and yes, yes! it’s has ample carbonation.
Aromatics is where this bird shines. First sip is vaque, there is aromas of rich malts, roasted malts even burnt malts. Chocolate and coffee come through too. Bourbon oak is, to me very understated and quite sutle.
Taste is very good. You must throw in some old ale essence to for a proper discription.
The taste at first has notes of rich malts roasted malts coffee and chocolate but there is a depth of flavor similar to an old ale. Of oak and leather. The second part is the smooth bourbon and warming alcohol. Complete and utter opposites.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like a melted chocolate shake then finishes dry and near burning alcohol.
A wonderfully decandent beer. Perfect for desserts of rich deep chocolates.
tsd08460 (1193) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Aroma: bourbon, caramel,
Appearance: black, clear, brown foam,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, bourbon
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Excellent GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Geoff at Alewerks hit a homerun with this beer. The aromas of sweet roasted coffee. Flavors of rapadou sugar, vanilla and an underlying bourbon hint. A great beer from the home town folks. scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours a viscous black color with a dark khaki foamy tight head. Awesome retention, nice look
S: Chocolate, fudge and cocoa right off the bat, oak, vanilla, and maybe a touch of lactose. The barrel throws this into the next dimension. Alcohol pokes through along with dark chocolate covered berries
T: So smooth and rich. Big vanilla, fudge, oak and bourbon come through and balanced by come lactose and coffee. Really decadent and big...this has some depth and complexity for sure
MF/O: Very viscous, minimal carbonation with a bourbon/coffee/fudge finish. Alcohol is present and warming but not flawed. Awesome beer LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
22oz bottle, 0551 of 2009. Pours dark brown in color with thin brown head. Aroma brown sugar, dark chocolate, roasted malt and bourban. Taste roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourban with bitter finish.