after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
22. Thanks b! Pours jet black with a short lived dark tan head. Huge chocolatey nose, smells lile really haute gourmet hot chocolate. Creamy thick chalky body with light carb. Chocolate and roast on the mid palate. Doesnt show the barrel too much, aside from the smoothness of the.body. Long chocolate finish. dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Got this from Alpar! Pours a dark brown color with red hues and a tan head. Aroma has wood, vanilla and fig. Taste is sweet with some vanilla and a touch of bitterness. Full bodied and sticky. A little astringent but still quite good. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Huge thanks to someone for sharing this in line at Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in a taster glass.
Pours near-black with a nice mocha head and some spots of lacing as it falls to a thin collar. The nose is unbelievable with loads of fresh vanilla and a bit of oak alongside smooth bourbon and a bit of chocolate. The flavor falls off from there with the bourbon taking over alongside a fair amount of booze. Heavy body with low carbonation. Nose was killer. radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Shared a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small light brown head. Aroma was roasted malts, vanilla, touch of brown sugar. Flavor was a nice bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, concoction. The sweet characters of it helped to mask a bit of the alcohol burn that lingered at the end, but was still surprised to find out that it was 11% ABV. Very good! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
22 oz bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich thick blackish pour, good murk and rich qualities. Brownish glow on the edges and bottom. A frothy tannish head that dies to a ring, laces small. Darker. Aromas are rich and thicker, bakers chocolate and cookies, touches of fudge, oak, roast. Vanilla, gentle spirit, thicker toffee, caramel. Roasty, toasty. Good aromas and inviting cookie nature, touches of coconut. Vanilla and creamy elements. Initial is fuller bodied, thicker with enveloping roast, toast, rich coffee. Firm roasty coffee, earth, and dark cacao. Middle gets a touch sticky and oaky, vanilla, gentle heat and caramel. Toffee, with offerings of toasted coconut, biscuits, a gentle smokey element on the nose offers a touch of life into the backend and finish. Really a lot going on, active and rich, mellow barrel notes accent. Really nice, touch of heat, spirit, and lingering firm flavors. Coconut.. Mmmmm. Quite lovely. Thanks a bunch, Mad Town Crew!
Dunt (316) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Generously provided by Matt for our Sunday tasting. Pours a medium brown in color, a little lighter than I hoped actually. 1/4’’ fingers worth of off-white head. Nose is full of oak, rye, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor is nice and full, exceptionally smooth. Caramel, bourbon, some spicy rye, and a light vanilla. Carbonation is good, nice long finish, light heat, velvety smooth. The best Central Waters I’ve had to date which is saying a lot because I am a Central Waters fanboy. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Deftim13 is insane. This starts massively sharp with booze and oak. Sharp alcohol continues but fuzzy vanilla and cream grow. Big mouth feel and coating. Hints of bandaid and medicine, but not in a bad way. Unfortunate to open a rare directly after, but before I finished this rate. crossovert (13726) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2013 On tap. Basically a bourbon county clone. It beats it in aroma though. Just a solid beer, had it on tap. Big bourbon notes but tempered by that awesome stout base. 1515 is even better. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
(22oz bomber thanks to GregSVT) clear but near black, few bubbles. Nose of rich bourbon, light vanilla, fudge, mild alcohol bite that reminds me of tequila but comes in waves, rich chocolate and fairly decadent. Taste of rich fudge that’s not nearly too roasty (a common complaint of mine) and lacks the hops so many American brewers try for. Rich vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, and very little alcohol presence. It’s there, but not overwhelming. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla and bourbon. Taste follows the nose. This is a great beer, but is missing in the palate a bit.