wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottle as a simple gift from deftim13 on 12/6/07. Tried at PP bottle shop with hapjydeuce and Brad. Dark brown color. Medium tan head that lingers a bit. Smells great, especially when I pop the cork with some oak and a little hops. I thought it smelled like a barleywine. Little or no roastiness. The taste leaves much to be desired, with some sourness. I don’t think this is aging well at all. hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle generously shared by wetherel at the PP Bottle Shop, thanks John! Very lovely aroma, loaded with oak wood and sugary bourbon whiskey tones. Some chocolates and toffee noticeable as well. Still, dark brown appearance, no head. Flavor finishes pretty quickly, with hardly any lasting barrel-aged character. Caramel and light chocolates seem to dominate here. Medium bodied feel. A slight prolonged astringent / tangy note on the palate. xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Huge diacetyl nose of rum, caramel and butter.
Decent head retention and a dark mahogany color.
Taste is less buttery, more fruity with some heat and caramel toffee.
Finishes slightly sour and bitter- lingers, but not overly pleasant.
Very much in need of a re-rate/ JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle from KingpinIPA - thanks! Dark, nearly black pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma has some milkiness with light chocolate, roast, and some coffee. Flavor has some light roasted coffee and creamy chocolate, but quickly goes dead. Where’s the wood, the bourbon? Is this just way past its prime. Their Satin Solstice was also disappointing. A tad thin and a lot boring - I love BA Impy stouts and this one really let me down. Decent as a general stout but really nothing special. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Thanks again to MuenchenerKindl
Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a fingers worth of coco colored head that turns to a nice thick lace that covers a jet black body
Complex aromas of roasted malts chocolate, oak, bourbon and vanilla fill your head
Fist sip is a killer. If I had a few of these I love to back this in a cake you got that sweet chocolate vanilla bourbon and a buttery flavor going on here
Full body almost no carbonation (smooth)
Great aged stout. Very drinkable, I will search this one out again. I think you must have at least one in the cellar for when the mood strikes
hophead82 (4) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2008 does not count
BOURBON, BOURBON, BOURBON! This is how a bourbon barrel anything should taste. The beer pours like an oil spill on a moonless night. This beer might just absorb light itself it is so dark and with very little head retention at all. The smell is clearly bourbon barrel and roasted barley simply amazing! The flavor is immediately bourbon followed by roasted grains. It is definitely a winter warmer which is great for January in Wisconsin. Axenos1 (3) - Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2008 does not count
This is without a doubt the best beer I have come across. A big beer, it kicks you in the teeth with so much flavor and complexity that you can spend tremendous effort trying to define and still come up short. Complexity increases as it warms, drinkability is first rate from the get-go. Heavy with little head, syrupy without too much sweetness. powerfully alcoholic without making you pucker, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cream, and pure deliciousness from start to finish. A true cigar beer. Enjoy it alone or with your most powerful smokable, cheese, fruit, or what have you. This beer is the shining star no matter the supporting cast.
An all-star A1 beer. To be experienced at all costs. This is my favorite beer without question. alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 2, 2008
Very choclolaty aromas and tastes. A bit of Oak and Vanilla too, with a strong caramel backbone. I felt the mouthfeel was a bit grainy/sandy like there was dust in it (i was carefull pouring). Other than that its very rich milk chocolate, buttery and cookie dough, sweetness in the finish and not too much alcohol. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Pours a gorgeous, cloudy, dark chocolate brown color that literally resembles Hershey’s syrup. There is no head to speak of, with just a thin rim and some streaky marbling adorning the surface. Likewise, there is virtually no lacing. Despite the lacking crown, this one begs the first sip on the merits of its hue alone. The aroma is just as chocolaty as it looks, with a good mix of bitter dark and sweet light chocolates. Nougat plays a huge role, as does caramel. Bourbon is very evident, with a bit of vanilla coming in from the oak. The divine scent doesn’t quite translate to the flavor, but it comes close. Raw cocoa meets baker’s chocolate and cocoa butter. Bourbon, caramel, and nougat are very forward and unabashed, which I appreciate. The mouthfeel is substantial, creamy, and well balanced. Finishes with choco-bourbon. This is a bourbon lover’s beer, and I can’t get enough of it. Much, much better than its GABF gold medal-winning, cherry-kissed cousin. Awesome stuff! xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Bottle tasted next to GI BCS, from latest batch. Pitch black with nice small off-white head. Aroma is very soft and light vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Vanilla flavor with chocolate malt, once again very light. Very light but creamy body. The BCS blew this beer out of the water.