alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Bottle, coutesy of golubj. Poured dark brown-black with a thin tan head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, brown sugar, oats, fruit, alcohol and caramel. Flavor was very nice, albeit there were moments of too much alcohol. Caramel, alcohol/bourbon and vanilla predominate, with some oak and fruit. Very little roasted or oaty flavors, which was a tad surprising. The alcohol hotness lingers alot longer than the flavor does. This could use some age, as it was too alcoholic to be fully appreciated for me. DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma was plenty of vanilla, oak, malt, and anise. Flavor had vanilla, spicy anise, chocolate malt, oak, barrel, and alcohol. Finishes pretty boozy, decent carbonation. doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Boom! # 1k. 22oz bottle for $21.99 from BevMo. I have to say, it was worth it. Pours dark brown with a thin but sticky and resilient light brown head, specks of lace. Smells of sweet vanilla and wood with some dark sweet, roasty malt and a good bit of alcohol. Tastes malty and dark sweet malty. Lots of sweet wood and vanilla, lots of hot lingering alcohol. Nice roasted malt flavors as well. Full body, smooth and syrupy with good carbonation. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Dark brown pour with a bubbly head. Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Toffee, fruit, caramel, vanilla. The flavor is nice and sweet with lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon. Incredibly smooth. Very tasty. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less. Pours viscous, opaque brown with mahogany edges. Short and thick off-white head. Slight lacing. Rich, oaky bourbon aroma. Vanilla, tobacco, leather, and chocolate abound. Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Full bourbon taste with swirling chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, and licorice. Drinks like a cognac. Very alcoholic, but no ethyl flavors. More porter-like flavors than stout, but both are present. Delicious. Easily one of the best of this year.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
An impressive beer. what sets it apart is the balance acidity and alc all come together to make this huge beer feel very elegant and light. aging several and should be rewarded nicely! fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours mahogany, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, wood, vanilla, little nutty, little alcohol. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours deep mahogany brown with no head. The nose and flavor are similar and HUGE with toffee, dried fruits, chocolate, and a smooth whisky sting. Not really a burn like the FW 10 thankfully. Smooth and a bit viscous. ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2008
it is solid...I feel a bit unreleased by youth...I feel it will get more complex as the days go on...tons of dark Belgian notes....decent....very decent illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Poured into a brandy snifter. Out of the bottle it is a maple syrup color but in the glass it sits a complete opaque black. An ecru head tries to form through the dense liquid but manages only about a half finger of height.
Aroma features all the great qualities of a fine bourbon but with none of the alcohol sharpness. Chocolate drizzled on oak and peat, with sumptuous vanilla and a raisiny fruitiness, even hazelnuts.
Flavor seems to morph with each sip. First I got a really portlike Utopias character, then I got a nice roastiness, and now it seems to be sweet bourbon and wood. Similar notes as the aroma, and I am also getting a slight candied citrus note, which may be the only trace of hoppiness here. Brown sugar, smoke, molasses. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is a touch under thick, which lends a nice drinkability. Carbonation is lowish but there is nothing wrong with that, considering this beer is almost closer to bourbon than beer anyway. Finish is surprisingly clean. Wonderful warming sensation from the high but well-hidden alcohol makes this just perfect for cold weather and winter in general. Top notch beer.