KyotoLefty (10689) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2009
Draught at MacGregors in Henrietta. Enticing, huge aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Bigtime vanilla and chocolate (or rather cocoa) flavor, with traces of bourbon and coffee and raisins. Burnt, evil bitterness at the finish: ash, hops, alcohol, burnt wood; a touch sour too. The one drawback is that the vanilla from he casks is a bit too overwhelming. GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Vintage 2008. Pours black with minimal carbonation and almost no head. Aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate with an under pinning of vanilla. Flavors of chocolate and slight bourbon like one of those cordial liquer candies. An absolutely fantastic beer. Fin (10917) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2009
Bottle that was brought back from the states by Craig, I’m not sure whether this was from Craig himself or from Miketd but they’re both great chaps so thanks to you both. This was then consumed in a field at Towersey, Oxfordshire, 29-08-09 Pours shark eye black this stuff is in fact seemingly impenetrable to all forms of light. Thick heavy warm and sticky (and that’s just me after an hour in the dance tent dancing to Shoogenlifty) Yes this is a big beer, powerful, warming rich and creamy. There is vanilla, dark very bitter toffee, molasses, its all in there and with the bourbon barrels imparting their wonderful flavours to this truly marvellous beer it really is a corker. A7 A5 F8 P4 Ov16 4.0 Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
bottle thanks to cavie. poured black with a copper head. when swirled the beer stained the glass brown. aroma was fusel, soy, bourbon, caramel, and dark roast. flavor was bourbon, caramel, dark roast, and alcohol. body was incredibly smooth and slick. very nicely done. Cavie (4805) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Huge thanks go to drowland for this glory in a bottle. Very dark pour, no light gets through except at the far edges. Dark tan head can be worked up if agitated. Aroma is all of deep, rich chocolate and sweet malts. Alcohol stings the nostrils in the sweetest kind of way. Deep bourbon smell. Taste is absolutely amazing! First it’s sweet with chocolate and cream. Quickly stings the tongue with the higher alcohol content. A large wave of roasted malts hits you after that and the finish is a mix of everything that is good in the world. Fabulous!
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 This is just an amazing Stout, the most creamy rich dark wonderful mouth feel I’ve ever had. Huge nose, long dry finish. Simple unbelievable. Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
Oh my god. the aroma on this is fablulous, chocolate, bourbon, a bit of vanilla, apricot and nuts. And then you taste it. Wow. Holy shit is this a beer, i’ve never tasted anything like and probably won’t again until i drink another bottle. It is a bit boozy, but i think it really compliments this beer. I wish i could rate this higher. kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - AUG 25, 2009
This is one very good beer. I tried this a few months ago and forgot I had it. Excellent richness with nice fruity overtones. This is a keeper!! Sonicdescent (388) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Pours a deep black with no head and minimal highlights. Looks like a glass of used oil.
Smells of whiskey cover anything else. This may unseat Black Magick as the hottest smelling beer I have tried.
Taste thankfully is not quite as hot as the magick and actually quite complex, comparable in character to Founders KBS. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee are present. Alcohol is a doozy.
Mouth is thick and near flat, as it should be. Warming sensation is present.
Overall a bit too boozy for my tastes..I’d love to try the stout before the barrel aging.
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2009
A nose of bourbon. vanilla and smoked wood. Taste is of licorice, vanilla, coffee and lots of bourbon. This brew is massive and salty. Not very complex, but enjoyable and a very solid take on the style.