MacBoost (1914) - Victor, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Pours a inky black with a minimal head. Aromas of soy sauce, salty water, brine. Taste is a complete 180 from the nose... Smooth restrained bourbon character, very barrel-centric, but not boozy on the palate. Very nice. Very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty creamy too. Nice chocolate character, along with a dose of roasted coffee. This is very good, but nowhere near the top impy stouts that I’ve had, in my opinion. DietPepsican (1592) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
MORNING AFTER UPDATE: So, I got so hammered last night I actually ended up puking this beer back up. It wasn’t as good the 2nd time around. Poured dark brown into the sink. Aromas of harsh acid, some roast still apparent. Little to no head, even with the aggressive pour. Taste was very acidic with hints of Andy Capp’s Hot Fries. Hot and harsh. Finishes with an alcoholic burn and lots of shame. Lots of tooth enamel was lost, my brothers.
Funny, I’ve been chasing this wale for five years and I spear it at work. The nose kind of sucks. Muted bourbon, soy, and chocolate. The flavor though is unreal. Big, boozy chocolate bomb. Obvious expo notes. Plenty of Bourbon goodness. rich. Big. Holy fuck. This is just wonderful. Completely contrasting aroma and flavor. ketchepillar (1199) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 16, 2013
After a few close calls, I finally snagged this one. On tap at El Bait Shop. Color: notes of blackness. What a surprise, this is awesome. Tons of dark chocolate, roastier than all hell. Aroma is just average; there’s some boozy fruityness (cherry) that I don’t like. budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Dark black pour, frothy tan head that recedes to a ring. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, wood, and soy sauce. Nice viscous mouth feel, medium to heavy body. Taste is chocolate, charr, soy sauce, wood, and a nice balance of bourbon flavor. mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Dark brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Creamy mouthfeel, very smooth. This is a great beer. I still think Bourbon County is better, but very good.
RobertDale (6560) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours black with a minimal reddish brown head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, wood, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, oak, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Amazing! Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Pours a dark black color with light brown head, aroma of bourbon, smooth mouthfeel with a bourbon taste and a sweet finish, awesome JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
12 oz 2012 bottle thanks to polomagnifico. Dark black pour, with a bubbly tan head. Pretty heavily roasted malt, sweetness, creamy milk chocolate, booze, and really nice bourbon vanillaey flavor. The barrel character is really nice and smooth with warming finish. Creamy smooth vanilla oak whiskey mmmm. HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
12oz bottle c/o SolidFunk (you shouldn’t have!) shared with blankboy and biegaman. 2012 Black pour, solid light brown creamy/bubbly head. Love that aroma - Treacle, herbal bitterness, red wine, figs, coffee, vanilla, alcohol - lovely, and subtle. Taste follows - more vinous tannins - screw dat, just frickin good! slick, average body, modest carbonation, fruity, sweet, big but not boozy, slides down way, waaaay too easily. Sooper! Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 2012: 2 months after bottling. From the bottle to a snifter. Definitely bourbon. That’s all I really get in the nose. Interested to see what it’s like in a year. Light brown head that quickly dissipates. Front end of the taste is bourbon, back end you taste/smell the cream and malts, chocolate, coffee. The mouth feel is perfectly smooth. This is how a beer should feel.