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 (2356) - 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. ilovedarkbeer (2752) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Bottle, big thanks to BMan1113VR. Black brown pour with no head. Nose; coconut, dark chocolate, port, raisins, nutty, vanilla, bourbon, leather. Awesome nose. Taste is vanilla, dark rum, caramel. Complex and delicious. dwyerpg (6496) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Smells lightly of whiskey, maybe a bit of chocolate. The flavor is rich and intense. Quite a bit of chocolate. Great stuff. Definitely a bit of strength in the feeling of the beer but not the flavor. The only downside to this is that they raised the price considerably from previous years. 20 bucks is too much. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle. Picture sent in to be uploaded. Had side by side with Firestone 10. Pours with a small light brown head and a near black body. Great lacing! Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, maple, booze, leather, and tobacco. Aroma is a bit hot from alcohol, but the taste surprisingly isnt for such a young big beer. Taste is bourbon, wood, sweet with chocolate, not too hot at all, with some cookie, nut, molasses, smooth maple syrup and a light wood bitterness. Syrupy and mouthcoating with light carbonation. Warming. A very good beer, better than both 10 and 11 in my opinion!
mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
#800! big thanks to bman113vr for bringing this bottle out. black pour with no head. wow, that nose is ridiculous. bourbon, vanilla, maple and booze. great thickness with a smooth bourbon, vanilla and maple flavor. ridiculously smooth finish of vanilla and bourbon. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 22oz bottle purchased and consumed on site at the Stone Bistro in Escondido, CA. I was actually happy to find this during my San Diego vacataion. A little expensive at $28 a bottle, but what is a beer geek to do these days. At least the Waiter asked if I am sure I wanted to pay that much for a beer and also said it was very popular.
Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, roasty, chocolate, somem dark fruitiness, and vanilla. Tastes of plums, raisins, woody, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and wood.
Alcohol finish got stronger and stronger as I drank this and I had a problem finishing the bomber by myself - trust me I did. On the sweeter side. One to share for sure. sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2008
Another supreme offering from teh king of beer tarvels, none other than tpd975.
this beer is just a big wow. Jaw dropping goodness.
Pours black with tan-white head.
Aroma is loaded with bourbon and sweetness almost vanilla.
Taste of bourbon, malty caramel-choclate filled with the nice oak barrel touch. The mouthfeel has an awesome lingering bourbon presence that make this beer a really exceptional brew.
There is just not much to say about the beer, it is just near perfect goodness. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle saved by Freddy for me from Beverages for Less in Santee. Thank you Freddy. Enjoyed out in the desert with my Bro. Aromas that I wanted to smell forever. Flavors of bourbon, carmalized sugars, mollasses and wood. Very good. The aromas were the best thing about this beer. marcus (10867) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly. There is a strong malt aroma with some alcohol fumes. There is a smooth chocolate and coffee flavor with very little alcohol burn. The finish, however, is slightly harsh, but I assume it would mellow out with a year or two of aging.