JulienHuxley (5792) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 Bottle. Opaque black pour with no head although some head rises when stirred. Aroma is bourbon, oak barrel, butter, roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol vapors. Taste is ... a loss for words. Vanilla, oak and cocoa but joined with a mouthfeel that is so extraordinary, in itís creaminess and fullness. It only loses a few points to its not quite entirely hidden alcohol that makes it kind of prickly. Best beer Iíve had so far. RangledeFreak (24) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle. Fast fading head, maybe the appearance should be reduced one more grade as the lack of head makes it looks a bit less appealing. The colour is pitch black. Aroma rich with bourbon, wood, tar, fruits,VANILLA and unfortunatly a bid too much alcohol. The flavour is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cherries, bourbon, licorice and dark fruit, this beer is perfectly balanced, so intense and satisfying to drink. However the beer is so overwhelming, it is almost too much to drink a bottle alone. Shared with Anker and Andreassen11. drjay44 (3676) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 10/28/08. 13% ABV. ....Pours a thin short lived mocha head, with absolutely zero lacing, over a blackish brown (SRM 38-40) apparently clear body.....nose is vanilla, molasses, coffee, Bourbon, chocolate....taste initially chocolate, toffee, caramel, sharp alcohol, then coffee, molasses, coconut, finish is initially sweet then bitterness from roasted malts and a tiny hop addition.....mouth feel is thick, huge body, light carbonation. Considering the forces in it, this is an amazing creation. It is a bit too sweet overall for my palate, but it the best of the extreme "big beers" I have tasted. zizzybalubba (1860) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Rileyís Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Black pour with a light brown head. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and espresso nose. Incredible vanilla, roasted malt, and dark chocolate flavor. Velvety smooth texture. Slight alcohol burn but not as much as expected given the ABV. Absolutely incredible. saxo (18208) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2009
Bottle. No head. Color is pitch black. Aroma and taste are rich with bourbon, wood, tar, fruits and alcohol. A bit disappointing to me as balance in my opinion was way off. Nice initially but glad I had someone to share it with.
blueturk (82) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2009
12oz 2007 vintage. Thanks Stan! Pours near black with small deep brown, small lacing head that quickly fades. Huge aroma of thick caramel, dark fruits (raisins), bourbon, and alcohol and finishes creamy. Thick, malty body that is sweet at the start with bourbon throughout. Wonderful! Wood is very present, as is bourbon. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 12 oz vintage bottle dated from í07 thanks to my brother for sharing it. Pours jet black with a small dark mocha head. Aroma of heavy bourbon, dark chocolate and cocoa, coffee, vanilla, almond, coconut, very nice earthy and woody. Flavor is just a perfect balance of the bourbon being strong enough without killing the other flavors. Chocolate, molasses, dark cocoa, a bit of nuttiness, dark fruits are abundant, along with the raisins and coconut. The flavor continues to develop for two minutes after swallowing. Full bodied, nice and sticky with almost no carbonation. Amazing stuff, canít imagine what the reaction must have been when it was first presented as a pioneering bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle with huge, enormous, exuberant thanks to coyotehunter. 2008 vintage. Pours black with a tiny lacing of cherry-tan head, that is gone in a near instant. Aromas of bourbon, cherries, anise, and vanilla. There is also a pleasant, if faint woody aroma. What a big-smelling beer. The booze pervades, but doesnít overwhelm in the nose. First taste is incredible... chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cherries, bourbon, licorice... almost too many flavors to mention. The complexity is evident and impossible to do justice to. Yes, there are raisins here too. The booze is actually very well-disguised, until the smooth burn on the way down, and even then, it is not astringent in the least. Creamy, succulent mouthfeel, bordering on the perfect beer. Creamy, dark, smokey and sweet. If this beer was a woman, Iíd do dishes, laundry, and toilets with pleasure just to taste of her charms. Awesomeness, with no exaggeration whatsoever. Just flat-out awesomeness. Good thing I only have one bottle or Iíd... wait, bad thing I only have one bottle. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer, 2008 vintage. Almost black with a small brown head. Huge bourbon and vanilla nose. Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, deep alcohol. Soft as velvet. Wonderful. hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 6, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 2008 vintage. Bottle brought back from Seattle by savvy1982. Thanks Kyle! Pours a deep black, with almost motor oil consistency. There is almost no head, just a small ring around my glass. The aroma of this beer is huge! Raisins, oak, chocolate, espresso, toasted coconut, plums, vanilla, apricot and bourbon. Well the aroma is huge, but the flavor is HUGE!!! Sip this one with caution. There is chocolate, oak, smoke, apricot, coconut, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruit. The body is heavy, almost no carbonation... But it works. This whole beer works excellently. A deserving top 50 beer. Absolutely great!