SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a viscous black with dark, rich tan head. Aroma of rich dark malt, alcohol spice, bourbon, notes of oak. Flavor is very much the same with hints of bourbon chocolate, some sweetness, boozy. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very solid, tasty, big stout! Very much enjoyed! RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle, 11.3 %. Pours black with a moderately brown head that’s kinda fizzy in nature and becomes a small brown ring in a few minutes. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, slight bourbon presence, strong vinous notes, mint, and licorice. Flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and wood, more vinous notes (champagne yeast shines through), mint, and brown sugar coated pecans or something like that. Finishes with lots of different flavors: roast, wood, vanilla, nuts, earth, hops and still more wine-like flavors. While the flavors are nice, the palate is a little thin and the carbonation seems too high and *spritzy* in nature to suit a stout like this. The mouthfeel becomes a little thin and the alcohol is more noticeable. Nonetheless, it’s very good overall. barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
750ml bottle shared by jb84 and kish84. black with a big lasting tan head. boozy bourbon nose. the bourbon is well integrated into the flavour and this is a smooth drinking big beer. chocolate and other dark malts, softly carbonated. soild. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to alpinebryant for this one.
4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of thick, creamy medium brown head. Great retention and lots of lacing.
3.5 S: Wow, there’s a ton of bourbon in here. Indeed, I’d say there is too much as it cancels out a lot of the beer aromas. Still, there’s a reasonable roasted barley component with some dark chocolate.
3.0 T: I like bourbon barrel beers a lot, but this tastes more like whiskey than like beer and the flavors reflect that. Leather, oak, and vanilla. Moderate hop bitterness with some roasted barley again and dark chocolate.
2.5 M: Lighter medium body. I like imperials thick and viscous, so the mouthfeel was a letdown. Watery as opposed to creamy. Good moderate carbonation.
2.5 D: I like bourbon barrel beers when the bourbon complements the beer. Unfortunately, the bourbon in this dominates the nose and taste instead of adding complexity to a tasty base stout. I’m sure people who like whiskey a lot will find this very appealling, but I’m not one of them.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-14-2010 01:46:12 kmyers8807 (231) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Sample at stout tasting. This was from the first bottling, not sold to public but to reps only. Thinking 06? Anyway. Past its prime. Bourbon and coffee has almost completely faded away. sweet fruits and vanilla prevail. Just not what I expected.
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Going against the grain severely with this one, but here is the deal. I can not stand the taste of smell of coconut. And cocnut was all that I got from the nose to the taste. Ugh! Me thinks this is a result of the barrel aging, but I could not stomach it. alobar (3914) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Opaque black pour with a tan head that vanishes quickly. Aroma of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some bourbon. Thin body for the style. Lots of flavor-vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Complex and enjoyable. Great beer! lcdumchus (26) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pours very dark and syrupy. Short-lived tan head. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon are there, but not overbearing. Very dinkable for the alcohol content. A great beer, but a bit over priced. keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2011
This one is nice. Like one of my fellow ratebeerian, I had this after shoveling snow so maybe I’m a bit biased. It pours a beautiful black with a thin foamy lacing head. The flavor is a little subdued at first but comes on as the beer warms. Chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon, coffee are all present. The flavor again is subdued at first but also comes on as it warms. All the flavors in the aroma with a lively carbonation that makes it very drinkable despite the booze level. Let it warm a bit before rating. Nice way to start 2011 italianjohn (3254) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Black pour orange hue ... dark tan head lots of lacing ... aroma of oak and bourbon with vanilla and light chocolate .... taste of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak and some roasted coffee ... dry bitter oaky vanilla finish .... an insanely good beer flavors are dead on and well balanced with rich flavors