jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Aroma is concentrated vanilla/bourbon with some roasty and sweet notes underneath, very nice if not overpowering... Pours black with a small tan head... Vanilla and bourbon flavors dominate again with notes of roast and a hint of peat, very complex, easy to drink bc of the complexity... very full and quite a bit creamy, amazing beer... gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2009
Deep deep brown with no head. Delicious smell of vanilla and chocolate. Thick on palate. A little bit of a burn on the throat with the bourbon. Finishes with coffee tastes. Bourbon is present but not overpowering. sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
nose is very sweet and heavy with rich coffee. pours oil black with thin creamy head that dissapeared fast. just as black as can be with lots of sweetness and soy coming off upfront with coffee, burbon, chocolate, and a little vanilla. after taste lingers for quite a while. great beer, but a little sweet for me. will be supurb with age! snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours BLACK with a very thin layer of light brown bubbles that soon disappears, leaving only a ring. I knew what I was in for upon smelling the incredible black sludge. Complex aroma and taste of smoky bourbon, chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, dark fruit, vanilla, and tobacco. Gloriously thick and warming. Bitter alcohol finish. thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle 12oz: Poured pitch black with almost a non existant head. Smelled strong of bourbon and alcohol with a bit of vanilla and malt. Taste was bourbon, roasted malt, and alcohol. Overall, It was not bad by any means, it was pretty good, but just a bit too much Bourbon/alcohol for my personal taste.
Beaver (1830) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2009
12 oz bottle, bottled on 10/28/08. Pours a dark black with a creamy dark brown head that diminishes and laces the glass.hayduke (5616) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
The aroma is bourbon with sweet chocolate and vanilla, dark fruits and alcohol.
The flavor is sweet chocolate, roasted malts black licorice and bourbon with a semi-bitter finish. The bourbon is well done and reserved - more like bourbon chocolates rather than strong liquor. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with velvety carbonation.
Overall, a very well done bourbon stout. The bourbon adds a lot to it without being overbearing on the alcohol like many are.
From a 12 oz bottle this poured a very opaque black and when held up to the light let nothing though. The head was a light brown and the lacing was almost non-existent, and seemed to slide off the side of the glass like olive oil. The nose greats you with a huge amount of bourbon. Only bourbon itself smells more like bourbon. But there is more there as well---vanilla, ripe fruit, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is very rich, heavy, and full bodied. The flavor is simply amazing, with bourbon of course, but like the nose also showing vanilla, chocolate, floral hops, roasted caramel, burned oak, coffee, and the finish is sweet with traces of the floral hops. This is one of the most amazing beers ever, and is one you want to sip very slowly and enjoy each and every nuance. Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Thats a lot of bourbon. A LOT. Like, ridiculous amounts. Drop a shot into a regular stout bourbon. And oh sooo good. Really loses its uniqueness when aged, but fresh its a truly wonderful and unique beer. BIG fan of barrel aging and bourbon, and this is almost the best. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 draft map room. perfect bourbon stout! I was very happy witht his beer. chocolate, roastty, vanilla, BOURbon. very well balanced. will get again.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2008 bottle opened with about 14 months on it. pours essentially black with a decent brown head. Looks awesome from the initial pour, but looks somewhat dead after 10 minutes or so. Initial aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, black mission figs. Flavor has an additional molasses and black licorice layer that is pretty sweet. My lips are sticky, some nice throat warming booze. This beer just warms the soul. What makes this beer so great is the fig, tabacco, and mollasses that shines through the bourbon presence. This is a great example of how bourbon can add another awesome dimension to a beer, rather than transforming it into a 1 dimensional hot bourbon bomb. A classic.
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 pours jet black, which i don’t know why they say, since most jets aren’t black. tan head is minimal and fades quickly. nose is sweet molasses,dark chocolate and a hint of smoke. mouthfeel is thick as fuck and creamy, not much carbination at all. taste is heavy candy sugar at first and then gives way to roasted hops, chocolate and mild alcohol, which is hidden well behind the sweetness, which hurt my tooth a little. there’s also some undiscovered spice in there, or as a friend suggested. perhaps allspice. Tim from Heritage Liquor said this was a must-have at $6.69 a bottle, he wasn’t kidding, thanks. Phenominal oak bourbon barrel-aged stout. how much for a case?