Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, picked up in WI when visiting Hezron and meeting his brand new baby.
Deep black pour, brown highlights, persistent old ivory-colored fine head. First smells are the nice vanilla barrel notes and coffee. A bit of sour char follows. A fresh baked cake quality, mingled with some kind of murky funk that brings to mind washed-rind cheese. Briny chocolate and coffee flavor, chalky bitterness with vanilla undertones and a little of the cheese rind funk hinted at in the aroma. A solid imp.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle.....pour is dark brown with a very thin light brown head.....nice barrel aged nose which adds some of that bourbon and toffee goodness. i like this one better than the regular version already....flavors are consistent to the nose with an added bitter roast element that carries on to the finish.....on second thought, i only like this slightly better than the non-ba version. body was a little too thin and the taste didn’t follow-through enough or add enough to make it more memorable.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours like an imperial stout generally does, decent sized head. Aroma primarily bourbon and vanilla, with some roasted notes on the back end. The taste was dominated by the barrel unfortunately. Not that it didn’t taste good, just that I couldn’t taste any of the stout. Lots of bourbon and oak here. Slightly tart as well. Finish was similar.
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight aroma of coffee and vanilla with a touch of bourbon smoke. Pours a dark black with about half an inch of tan head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The taste is a bit tart with a touch of bourbon and smoked malts. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.
Guerde (1297) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle thanks Badgerben) Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma is predominately bourbon. Taste is pretty much bourbon with some slight roasted malt coming through on the finish. Not really complex.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brownish-black pour with a small cream halo. Notes of chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla bean, brown sugar and a ridiculous amount of bourbon permeate the nose. Massive bourbon-oak flavor throughout with some of the chocolate malt flavors coming through along with some vanilla. Quite good but a bit too bourbon dominant.
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle, thanks Badgerben] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon--a lot of bourbon. Taste has something a little odd, then some roasted malt, and of course, bourbon. Fairly thin. Quite carbonated. Not that amazing, too much bourbon for me.
BeerandBlues2 (12841) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF ’07. Pours black with an average, creamy, lasting, light brown head, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of bourbon. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle thanks to Ughsmash. Sweey bourbon and coffee nose, sweet milk chocolate note, with moderate yeast apparency. Sweet but rich and delicious bourbon up front, then more sharp and acidic over the middle, finishing a bit lactic and sour, but still with a hefty dose of bourbon, though it’s a bit too sweet. Still, good stuff.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 Thanks to footbalm for the bottle. Deep brown pour with a smallish head. Aroma is caramel-toffee chews and butter with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. The bourbon is nicely blended in the taste, but there’s way too much diacetyl. I don’t see a lot of people mentioning this, so it must be a unique bottle. Need to re-rate eventually.