RobertDale (6482) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Sample at Kansas Craft Brewers Expo. Comes black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Decent. berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at the brewpub on 12/22/2012. Appearance is opaque black with a small brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, and a little boozy. Taste is coffee, chocolate, and not as much bourbon as the smell. Very tasty. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2011
At GABF 2011. Dark black with sticky lacing. Lots of swet whiskey/bourbon on the nose. Strong whickey flavor on the palate with a little burn and a smokey brown sugar flavor. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 21, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours jet black with a lasting, frothy, tan head. The nose is yeasty, chocolaty and boozy. Medium-bodied and creamy until the swallow where it transitions to a rough, warm, tongue-raking finish. Chocolaty and boozy while it sits on your tongue it moves to a woody, shiver-inducing alcohol finish. The flavors just don’t blend/integrate well on this one. The nose on this beer was intriguing, but like their Russian Imperial Stout, this one fell far short of my expectations. I’m not sure what happened to this batch, but it certainly didn’t live up to the earlier ratings. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 4 oz Taster at the brewpub. Pour is all black with a nice tan head. Aroma is soft, whisky, floral and roasted malt. Nice nose. Taste is big whisky, some slick woodiness, finally at the very end, (and way in the background) is the stout. Really overly dominated by the whisky, too bad, had potential with the nice nose. Really poorly integrated. I couldn’t even finish 4 oz of this.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2006
This was damned good! My favorite offering from this brewpub. A rich vanilla oak nose, immediately followed up by some alcoholic heat, and sweet rich bourbon. NIce lingering fruitiness on the palate, with some slick oily chocolate notes, cherrywood and just a bit of roasty coffee. A bit of sweaty dusty sawdust woody bourbon notes, that follows all the way through the entire pint. Like Indra said, this is fullbodied and flavorful without being overwhelming. Wonderful! tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Cask conditiond. Oily black with no head. Aromas of dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and booze. Flavors of vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Slick and velvety on the palate. Nice Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Served at cellar temperature in a dimple mug. Hugely powerful aroma, copious whiskey notes coming through the dark chocolate sweetness and lighter aspects of oak, cherry, faint coffee and even some raisiny carob. Completely opaque black coloration with a lasting, large-bubbled dark tan head. Flavor profile is massively sweet, rich and roasty, faint espresso, earthiness and semi-sweet chocoolate mingle before a deluge of whiskey character, which utterly permeates the lengthy, warming, alcoholic finish. Consistency is thick and creamy, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel and the fullest possible body, without a doubt. Incredibly flavorful, almost overwhelmingly so, in fact. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Aroma: sweet smell of coffee, chocolate malts oakiness, though the oak is rather subtle.
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Appearance: deep chocolate brown, nearly black with tan head
Flavor: chocolate candy flavors and butterscotch. Creamy butterscotch finish, similar to Worther's Originals candies. Very sweet and very smooth but also slightly rich. flavors are non-abrasive.
Palate: very smooth and creamy. Fills the mouth and coats the tongue with flavors--very fulfilling.
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Deep brown with red light observed and a soft brown head. Soft aroma of butterscotch and milk, with a sharp butterscotch and alcohol flavor... more butterscotch than whiskey. Acidic, creamy, very strong and sharp. Finish is a lingering sweet whiskey.