kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of a generous RB at tpd975’s throwdown in December, 2009. Pours a cola brown to black with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, caramel, hints of brown sugar and toffee. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, roast, bourbon, wood, vanilla, hints of toasted coconut and toffee. Medium to full body with a boozy finish.
Ibrew2or3 (9053) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
This pours deep darkness with amber edges and thin tan head. The aroma is mild with roasted to burnt malts moving slowly into caramel malts and faint chocolate. The taste begins with modest amounts of oak and bourbon notes bleeding into dark roastiness, chocolate and a mild sense of caramel malts. It ends with lingering burnt malts, some chocolate malts and a faint level of caramel malts. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Pours black. Nose is sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, some dark fruit esters, hints of bourbon. Flavor is tiny bourbon, dry wood, sweet sweet malts, roasted grain, mild smoke, cocoa powder and coffee grinds. hopscotch (11527) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle… Tar black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Great retention. The nose is nutty with notes of chocolate, avocado and a smidge of sourmash whiskey. Full-bodied and silky with soft carbonation. Tastes a bit like a mocha latte with a thimble-sized shot of sourmash whiskey. Lengthy, burnt, bittersweet finish. sebletitje (10704) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2009
bottle, Tampa xmas gathering
pours oil black, off-white/tan head.
Aroma loads of malts, caramel, chocolate, barrel, light vanilla
Flavor, barrel, wood, roasted malts, chocolate; nibs, grains, notes of coffee, toasted malts, mouthfeel is thick, coated with whiskey goodness and sweet vanilla.
Not really the BA beer I was expecting.
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
bomber - thanks to the most badass, malt liquor loving ratebeerian of them all, riversideak, for sharing such a lame brew; pours clear black with tan head; sweet nose of vanilla, graham crackers, cookies; wow, perfectly smooth and rich with mild oak, lots of sweetness, bourbony goodness; plenty of roast remains which creates a very complete BA brew; for my tastes, this one was spot on; barrel compliments rather than dominates; chocolate, bourbon, touch of smoke; killer brew; in other words, this beer sucks...thanks a lot brah!! roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2009
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter produced a dark black beer with a short lived 1 1/2 finger head. The smell was pretty good and consisted of whiskey, malts and smoke. The flavor was a bit of a let-down for my preference towards Imperial Stouts. Despite the wonderful whiskey aroma I could hardly detect the whiskey. There was an overwhelming chocolate presence and a very dry finish. For me the body was too light and the carbonation a little too strong. Would like to try again to see if it was a bad bottle. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Nose is full of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Light coffee notes too. Dark pour, more or less black, some foamy beige areas floating around in the beer. Lots of chocolate, good barrel notes - vanilla, whiskey, roast comes through as well as a little bit of smoke. Dry finish, but some good barrel sweet notes. Smooth, creamy, well made. Good ass impy. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2009
22. thanks, riverside! pours jet black with a thick and creamy dark head. big dark bitter chocolate nose. thick, creamy, slightly chalky mid palate. lots of chocolate but very dry on the tongue. soft mild finish. delicious, elegant simplicity. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2009
tap at brewgrasss festival 2009. multiple pours during the earlier portion of the day... pours close to black with a creamy light brown head...aroma as well as flavors of light vanilla, chocolate, wood, and a not too assertive bourbon presence. creamy and full mouthfeel with very little heat present. smooth light vanilla and cocoa on the nose.