madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Tap @ Stub and Herb’s - 2008 vintage - Pours beautiful--black as night with a tiny tan head. Smells of sweet bourbon, but not much else. There’s a little vanilla and raisins. I’ve had some beers where the bourbon smell is really strong but the taste is a bit mellower. Not this one. The bourbon destroys all other flavors, not really letting anything else through. While I like the smooth, sweet flavor a bourbon barrel-aged beer has, I don’t necessarily like the flavor of bourbon. That’s what we have here--a big impy that tastes like it was mixed with a shot of bourbon. Not my thing, and couldn’t even finish my 7 oz. pour. Wondering what to do with the bottle in my cellar now... OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2009 2008. Bu en octobre 2009. Arôme très coconut et alcool. Saveurs de coconut/vanille, de malt chocolat et d’alcool. Belle petite touche de bourbon en finale. Vraiment merveilleuse. awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2009
’08 Bottle from Crown#6, poured into ’W’ brandy snifter (thanks Dan, 1st use). Nose is very nice strong bourbon with molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar and some faint figs, very inviting. Taste is WOW! Loads of some of the best bourbon flavor a beer can contain. You’re gonna have to love bourbon to like this beer. I love bourbon and I LOVE this beer. The bourbon loads up so much, I don’t really get much beyond that other than a slight roasted malt backing and some brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth and slimy once it warms. Let this one warm for sure, it opens up into an amazing sipable delight. The ’W’ on the side of my glass must stand for ’Winner’, ’cause that’s what this beer is. Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Wow! This beer is up there with Westy 12. The complexities are boundless. You get a nice bourbon and vanilla on the nose. Then a beautiful vanilla, oak, chocolate, and bourbon taste. Smooth mouthfeel, but this one is definitely a sipper.
On tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC jamespgentry (22) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Dark nectar of the gods. All the great traditional bourbon/whiskey flavors without all the alcohol. In addition you have the stout background wherein lies the chocolaty and roasty aspects. Great m-f’n beer.
kyzr (1596) - Montana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Dark pour with small brown head. Big nose of bourbon, wood and dried fruit. Flavor is rich with roast, vanilla, dried prunes, hints of chocolate and alcohol. Body is heavy with big hit of heat from the 13%. Very complex and very smooth. ruffhauser (29) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2009 First turned onto it at Uber, and now in bottles all over town. This beer blows me away. Fruity yet the coffee/charred flavor comes throug as well. I always try to open a night of drinking with this one, as there is no way I’m doing one at the end of the night. gyllenbock (9840) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2009
A fantastic beer! I love the heavy, black oil thats in the bottle. So much flavor in the bottle, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, roasted malts. Very well balanced beer. Great body and a fantastic mouth feel. emagana (38) - Fillmore, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
What a gem. stumble across this one by luck. Pours heavy short of syrupy. almost no head but the little that it displays is of translucent black.(is it possible). Aromas remind me of walking into a chocolate store. slight vanilla and the wonderful bourbon. taste are tremendous hints of bourbon and toffee. No chocolate flavoring which was disappointing. leaves a cote of sweetness that is always welcome by such a high gravity beer. found a new style to love. highly recommended it for those that are looking to explore something unique. alobar (3907) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Wow! Thanks to AJ! Black color with no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak,vanilla, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, and caramel. Liquid heaven.