j12601 (12001) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Had this during the 2011 Shenandoah Throwdown. Oddly, this falls into that weird category of stuff that I’ve surprisingly never rated. Bottle (we believe) of the 2011 release. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tan head. Big warm roast, soft bourbon and wood. Medium bodied, chocolate and brownies, cocoa. Sweet cocoa, light alcohol, chocolate and vanilla. Melting ice cream, long chocolate, and light bourbon on the finish. tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Aroma: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, and a slight hint of almost smoke or pepper. A little more oak. Oak.
Appearance: Black, seemingly thick, with a very, very, very thin red-brown head.
Palate: Overall it’s silky and smooth, has an interesting puffy texture. Very soft. Not as sticky as most in the style. I prefer Goose Island’s BCBS sticky mouthfeel, but this is still a 5/5.
Taste: Big, balanced, smooth. Very, very malty. Nice coffee bitterness to balance it, with some bitter and milk chocolate flavors. It all balances out with big flavors of bitter and sweet. Somewhere around the third quarter you get hit with the toasty bourbon and loads and loads of oak. Very similar to some California Cabernets in this regard.
It’s almost a Vaynerchuk oak-monster. But, it’s so balanced that you love it. Oak and bourbon are such great friends for beer, and this beer shows off the benefits of the relationship so well. Absolutely gorgeous beer.
loooong aftertaste of hershey’s chocolate. drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Pours dark, dark brown with 1/8" head. Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Smooth, creamy mouth feel with slight carbonation. Tastes like it smells with some smokier notes and a subtle sweetness. Bitterness at the end is well balanced and not overly present. Not too different from Dragon’s Milk by New Holland which is right down the street. If you can’t find this beer, try that one. mansquito (6440) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Churchkey, DC 10oz ($9): Pours a black body with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is pretty great. It is like a weird and unique mix of whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla bean (according to my friend, we should be very clear on this last point). The taste for me is where the chocolate notes were brought out and they were masterfully mixed with the vanilla. The whiskey is less prominent in the taste than in the nose, for better or for worse. Texture is delightfully creamy. Alcohol is nowhere. Extremely complex and easy drinking. I’m glad I got this 30 minutes before they ran out. I don’t know when I will have a chance again. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours black with a nice brown head and lacing through out the entire glass, aroma was full of vanilla with bourbon and a hint of coffee, the front end is full of coffee with a good amount of vanilla and roastiness, there is a little booze in the finish but it works perfectly, awesome beer.
Cptn_Howdy (2) - Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2011 does not count
Bottle from a charitable coworker. Aroma is strong bourbon, oak, and not much else. Short lived, but beautiful tan head with a bit of redness and great lacing. Jet black, hard to find flaws in appearance. Bourbon and oak are first again for taste, then burnt chocolate, malt up the wahzoo and a nice coffee-like bitterness. Thick as mud, soft and sticky. Incredible beer. bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Pretty pricey at $22 a four pack, but discovered it is worth it. Pours black with off white head. Bread and burbon, complex though. Taste is absolutely fantastic, sweet with the warm alcohol, coupled with a great mouthfeel make this a special beer. I’ll pop for it again. DoctorB2B (13) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2011
AROMA: chocolate, coffee, lots of bourbon
APPEARANCE: black, can’t see a thing through it, minimal head with brown foam
TASTE: medium sweetness, medium bitterness ... again heavy on the oak & bourbon ... slight burn on the middle of the tongue
PALATE: full body, oily feel, sticky
OVERALL: another lovely bottle ... better than the last one I had which had a year on it. I prefer the fresher version of this brew ... as it seems to lose something over time. shrubber85 (11415) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2011
UPDATED: APR 9, 2017 Bottle at New Albanian. Molasses, vanilla, chocolate coffee malt, ash and bourbon aroma. Pitch black with a large brown head. Moderately sweet silky bourbon, coffee, chocolate/caramel malt and moderately bitter ash hay flavor. Great body - moderate bourbon finish. Smooth - unbelievably easy to drink. Spectacular. 2017 version a bit boozier than the first time I had it but still great. One of the originals and still one of the best. VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at Founders during RBSG 2010.
Seconds after finishing off a CBS....Another excellent pour - inky black with a tight brown cap. Amazing aromas of soothing coffee, rich chocolate, bourbon, more coffee, some herbal something, tasty smoke sweetness and wine. The taste is also awesome and BIG. Chocolate and booze, woooooooood lots of wood, vanilla, solid bitterness throughout, bourbon, greatness. Oily and soothing - getting drunk on this might hurt after. This was no let down what so ever after the CBS. The mouth feel is great but slightly less great than the CBS.