jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Black as night with a thick tan head. Strong almost overpowering aromas, you can pick out the bourbon and the oak. Booming flavors of oak, bourbon, coffee but somehow they manage to stay smooth. Thick body with a nice burp. The aftertaste is a very lovely dark chocolate.
DuffMan (10612) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
Thick oily black pour, low dark brown head. Very rich complex aroma and flavours of chocolate, beef broth, whiskey, charred wood, and vanilla. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Medium bitter finish. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Absolutely perfect marriage of the ’liquor-and-beer’ concept. Phenomenal. Wow do I ever want more of this! ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours a murky viscous black with a tiny tan head that lasts 5 seconds...aroma is intoxicating in itself, bourbon wood, vanilla, chocolate, char and booze...flavour is similar, with molassas and a bit of smoke...I like the nose a bit more than the taste, high booze, low bubbles...share this one or die... LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle - Pitch black beer with a minimal amount of head. Sweet aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. This beer is a real sipping beer. The alcohol flavor somewhat overwhelms the malt flavors in this. Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2009
Drukket hjemme, delt med Theis. Kulsort med et moccafarvet lille skum. Skummet forsvinder hurtigt. Duft: Chokolademælk, mørke frugter, vanille, træ. krydret, kokos. Smag: Bitter chokolade, let alkoholisk, vanille,træ,mørke frugter, karamel. God og fyldig, rigtig dejlig mundfylde, skjuler alkoholen godt. Mums det er godt.
higgo68 (1) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2009 does not count
This nearly black, syrupy, heavy hitter opens with an aroma that makes you want to taste it now...and the huge flavor doesn’t disappoint from there. The bourbon shows through in the aroma and flavor instantly as does the vanilla and carmel. This is a unique stout that I enjoy year to year -- worth the wait. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 2008 & 2010 vertical on 5/14/11.JaBier (8178) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2010 pours a deep black with a slim tan head. brilliant nose with just the right amount of bourbon along with chocolate, licorice and a touch of vanilla. some alcohol comes forward as well. big thick body with some bitterness up front, chocolate and coffee overtones, some lingering dark fruits and bourbon from the top to back. hot finish with the bourbon and alcohol coming through strong mixed in with big plump dark fruit tones.
2008 pours a deep black with a slim tan head. the bourbon is more subdued 2 years into the bottle with more chocolate and roasted malt tones coming forward with a bit of spice. thick body full of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal and roasted malts. the bourbon has disappeared after a few years across the body. sweet finish with dark fruits, bourbon and caramel towards the back. things have mellowed out for sure after 2 years... if you like your barrel aged beers strong, drink it fresh - if not age it.
2008 bottle via Plumpjack Beer of the Month Club. Simply outstanding beer. I busted this one out to celebrate the wonderful CHANGE that we experienced today as Chicago’s Barack Obama became the 44th President of the USA!!!! cya W. pours a deep black with a thin tan head. huge bourbon notes seep out of the bottle... some vanilla and chocolate on the nose as well. huge chewy body with bourbon, dark fruit and chocolate caramel on top of the palate. very soft on the sides. nice and warming throughout the mouth. the finish is extraordinary with a huge bourbon oak feeling and a nice warming alcohol touch. this is one of the best beers I’ve had to date.... A+++
12oz 2007 bottle courtesy of Rogueone sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective stout tasting on 1.16.09. Had this one once before and it tasted like it could sit a little while longer to calm down. Pours black with no head. Boozy aroma with dark fruit and some chocolate. Bourbony sweet flavor with coffee and chocolate. Powerful beer, but not quite as harsh as the first time I had it. Excellent brew. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
12oz bottle. 2007. Dark black pour, very little head. Vanilla, woody aroma. Lots of vanilla in the flavor as well, bourbon and oak as well, chocolate is big as well. Very nice, outstanding. Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Sampled 2007 bottle at the Hopsnobbery Collective Stout tasting on 01/16/09. Oily, impish pour that lets you know loud and clear that you’re gonna need to sit down for this one. Stinging aroma of alcohol. Flavor is dark fruits, a hint of vanilla, molasses, and the velvetiness associated with milk chocolate. If you really like stout, and you really like bourbon, this is your beer.