changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Bottle courtesy of jerrymorrison. Bottled 10/21/08. 13% Abv. Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head that fades but a couple of swirls brings it back. I gladly spent a lot of time on the aroma; oak, pine, bourbon, sherry, even some dark fruit behind all of that, wonderful scent. Lots of oak, vanilla, bourbon and rum flavors, a little roasty, but not a lot of that as the oak and bourbon shine, with some piney hops and hint of dark chocolate. There is an alcohol bite but itís a controlled burn thatís soothing and very warm. What an amazing beer. Perfect evening sipper. Thanks again Jerry! soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2009
12 oz bottle. Trying to remember what this was like, but it was special enough I think I can remember it. Forewarning: I donít like bourbon. Pours a jet black with a large tan head that lasts. Smells of lots of bourbon (extremely bourbon), and some vanilla (nothing compared to the bourbon). Tastes of straight bourbon, not even like a beer, more like drinking bourbon. It was interesting, as I knew it was a beer, but it was so extreme that I had to think that to drink it all. Surprisingly smooth though. A beer to have, definitely erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Appearance...Itís a goddam Imperial stout. Clarity? who gives a shit? Black?...check. Long-lasting tan head?...check.
Aroma...Clean bourbon oak. Lots of vanilla, but nothing is really over-the-top...and I mean that in a positive light. Ever so light presence of the soy-like autolysis, but actually not offensive. There is some dark fruit, but itís in the background. The chocolate is nice and there is no roast to speak of.
Flavor...This is all about balance. There is really nothing out of place at all. just oh-so-smooth chocolate, vanilla and bourbon in nice tight package.
Palate...Does a beer of this strength get much smoother. Rich creamy body, but never cloying. Just beautiful.
O.I. ..... Quite simply, the finest execution of a 12%+ beer that I have had. Just so smooth and drinkable. Everything in balance, and nothing making my jaw hurt or making me hold back from taking a good haul. If I canít take a good haul...thereís something wrong.
I just wish I could re-rate all of my other 1002 ratings to be in-line with a beer this good. seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Pours a obsidian black color with a medium brown head that dissipates a slowly. Not much lacing.
Bourbon, oak, chocolate, molasses. Hints of leather.
Wow, that is an intense beer! Bourbon, molasses, caramel. Definitely on the sweet side but has a slight alcohol burn.
Finishes with a slight smoky flavor
FULL body beer with a syrupy texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
This is a sipping beer. I split a 12 ounce beer with a friend and that was plenty. I would probably give this beer a C based on drinkability but you have to give it an A for complexity and uniqueness.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812-Geoff stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pours almost black with almost no head. The nose of toffee, vanilla, bourbon and some smoke. Comes across the palate as vanilla, coffee, dark fruit sweetness and bourbon balance; that also has a mild coffee lingering after taste. Very thick much like a traditional stout. Very good!
Andbrewer (18) - St. Joseph, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Pours from bottle black with virtually no head. Smell of toffee and bourbon. Flavour of bourbon (obviously), oak, some nuttyness, earthy. Slightly sweet, very full. You definatly notice the high Alchohol content, which is to be expected. Very good. Will keep stocked up in the fridge! durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Rating #800! Bottle thanks to ucusty (thanks, Dave!). Beautiful black pour with thick tan head. Big nose of chocolate, nuts, roast, vanilla, and of course huge oaky bourbon. First few sips didnít show the booze, but it came through after. This seems like more a beer to share than to drink by oneself. Probably would have rated higher if sampled in a tasting. Still, pretty damn good. pilsnerrogge (2935) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2009
2008 bottle:BelgianBeerGal (4039) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Pours black with a small head. Complex aroma of toffee, vanilla, bourbon and some smoke. Sweet and thick mouth feel. flavour is bourbon, toffee and liquorice. Long warming finish where the alcohol flavour shows up, but in a positive way. Usually I donít like bourbon, but this is a wonderful beer.
2007 Bottle. Pours an oil black with a small brown head and some slight lacing. Aroma is burnt oatmeal, bourbon, smoke, coffee grounds and prunes. Taste starts with tamari soy, coffee and finshes with dry cocoa powder and some alcohol warmth. Pretty nice. Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle at the Rake, 7th March 2009. Dark brown, close to black. Smooth, creamy palate, very full bodied. Huge amounts of bourbon on the nose and very apparent alcohol giving the malts a kicking in the body. I couldnít decide if it was awful or great really, it just felt like too much at that point in the night.