tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Poured dark espresso with thin head.
moderate retention, little lacing.
Smells of bourbon
tastes of bourbon
super hot, warming, but incredibly well executed. petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours black and oily with a thin tan head. The aroma is of bourbon and roast malt with vanilla notes. The flavor has very apparent bourbon, but it doesn’t overwhelm the big roast malts and the coffee and vanilla accents. It’s full bodied and very tasty. I’d vote for dialing back the bourbon just a little bit, but it’s an excellent brew.
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2009
This became my favorite beer of the moment when I had this on tap in a Chicago tap room. This is so smooth, incredibly complex, with an alcohol content that isn’t overpowering. The bourbon strikes a perfect balance with the malts. You have to try this. Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2009
WOW. Pours jet black with a great foam ring that lasts. Aroma is over the top coffee, sugars, and dried up fruit. Flavor is amazingly alcohol and sweet at the same time. A bit thin, prob because of the 13%, but still WOW! bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Whew, nice re-rate here....see below for original 2008 (4.3) rating:
12oz 2009 bottle pours like motor oil with a thin cola-colored head. Nose is heavily oaken and boozy. Bourbon seems even more pronounced this year, probably because the bottle is young. Somewhat brutal and unrefined this year, had to knock down the overall by a point.
12oz 2008 bottle pours an intense light-devouring black with virtually no head. HUGE aroma of raisins, oak, and alcohol. 13% listed on label comes through clearly in both the nose and the back of the throat. Big flavors, almonds, smoke, and finishes more like a nice Glenlivet than bourbon!
jonno (2762) - JAPAN - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 Solid black pour with tan head. Nose of raisins, smoke, slight bourbon. As it warms the bourbon becomes more pronunced. Medium full body. Lots of alcohol. Sticky and sweet, perhaps overly so. Well done but a case in point where a little goes a long way. noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12 oz. bottle (2008), poured into a snifter. A truly huge beer. Ar: Could smell it from an open bottle two feet away. Strong chocolate, smoke and vanilla w/ underlying oak and nutmeg. Ap: Viscous pour w/ a tiny Cinnamon head. Dense black w/ caramel around the edges. Fl: Raisins, plums, burnt sugar, oaky vanilla and excellent Bourbon. Dark chocolate at the back of one’s mouth, finishing silky milk chocolate. Pa: Silky, like a truffle. Leaves a warming alcoholic burn like a fine Bourbon- lovely. hirigalzkar (3169) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. L: Black. A: Bourbon. Sweet: chocolate, caramel, cream, vanilla etc. T: Oaky. Vanilla, chocolate, light smoke. Vinous in finish.O: Just super! Shut up and drink! phish1997 (3) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009 does not count
Best stout i have ever had.Thick black and complex,bourbon,vanilla,carmel. Great beer to warm up a cold night. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
12oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. 2008 bottle, brews pours midnight black with zero head. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak and heavily burnt malts. Flavor is very big and full of Vanilla, bourbon and some chocolate. I’m gonna pick up a four pack of this and let it age for sure.