RedBeardface (1) - - APR 21, 2012 does not count
The first thing that wow’d me was the aroma. Notes of whiskey and rye and a sweetness that I couldn’t put my finger on. I went back for a second and third whiff on this one, couldn’t get enough of it. The first sip didn’t disappoint, good mouthfeel and a taste that (IMO) is second only to Founders KBS. Wish I had a keg of this to myself, I would gladly spend my entire savings. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
On tap at the Founders Brewhouse in July 2009. Served in a snifter.
Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy brown head and excellent lacing as it goes down. The smell had roasted malts, bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, and a mild residual sweetness. A little bit of rye comes in as well, really setting this one apart. The taste brought a little more of the rye forward, creating a nice complexity. The mouthfeel was quite smooth, and a little bit dry. Quite drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-05-2009 BigMike (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Had on tap at Capone’s. Poured into a tulip glass.
Dark brown in color. Borderlining black. Very little head, maybe a half a pinky finger of slightly off white head.
Smell is very strong of whiskey. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, are also present.
Taste is very much of whiskey. After the initial whiskey fades it’s followed by lot’s of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. A lot of woody oak flavors also.
Mouthfeel is smooth. A touch of alcohol burn but very nice. A little above medium bodied but not quite full bodied. Light carbonation is easily drinkable.
This is a very tasty beer. I could sip on this all night long. The whiskey is present but not overbearing. Overall this is a great beer.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Sampled on tap tonight at Capone’s.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter colored edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy chocolate beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass with some small thin sheets of lacing.
Sweet alcohol aroma with lots of strong whiskey character without much of a tannis presence. There is some very faint vanilla from the barrel aging but this is overpowered by the whiskey and roasted/smokey malt notes lying underneath. Hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee/espresso bean, caramel and toffee. These latter hints are evident but the nose is overdominated by the strong whiskey character.
Fuller bodied than I expected which is a nice change of pace for barrel aged beers lately with a lot of rich roasted chocolate maltiness laying underneath the very strong whiskey flavor from the barrel. As in the aroma there is hardly any oaky tannis but their is a nice bit of vanilla trying to mellow out the strong whiskey flavor. Some silky chocolate accompanies the bittersweet dark chocolate and there is some subtle roasted coffee flavor. Hints of burnt toast, licorice, sweet alcohol, caramel and toffee. There’s also a very subtle hop bitterness in the finish which compliments the bittersweet dark chocolate. Pretty complex but the whiskey profile is a bit too strong for my liking. Decent but not one of my favorite examples of the styles. Nevertheless I’m glad that I got a chance to try it.
trancecyclist (50) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Draft at Capone’s in Norristown. Lovely deep porter color with a fairly mild aroma, but an outstanding marriage of an imperial porter with a substantial whiskey element in the palate. Very good balance between the two main elements of this brew, and it was great to see it make it to this part of the country for those of us lucky enough to live near Capone’s.
adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JAN 26, 2010
On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, barley, caramel and whiskey. Taste of roasted malts, barley, chocolate and light notes of whiskey. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark, deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, wood/oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, some, and caramel. Nice...went back the next day for more! egajdzis (6589) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Dark brown with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, light smoke, and some alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, smoke, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, and faint alcohol in the finish. alobar (3793) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a dark brown/black color with no head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, whiskey, wood, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, whiskey and wood. Phenomenal! michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of rye, malt, chocolate, slight oak, and a hint of whiskey. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, loose, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Not sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet with just a hint of bitterness. Tastes of whiskey, malt, chocolate, roasting, vanilla, light oak, and a hint of rye. Medium body. Thin, slightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Whiskey, chocolate, and roasted malt finish is slightly dry. Whiskey is quite present. Body is disappointing.