Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
From the bottle, pours thick and black like 10W-40 motor oil, with a very small tan foamy head. Deep and rich aroma of dark malts with a hint of alcohol and a smoothness from the oak barrels. Taste is equally strong and rich, thick malts, some brown sugar/molasses, a bit of bourbon, a hint of alcohol, and a lightly bitter bite in the aftertaste. Thick and incredibly smooth, this is a pretty fantastic beer, though I’d be hard pressed to drink more than two at once. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 7, 2017 Pours pitch black, with absolutely zero head. From a 12-inch center pour, there was a thin patch of bubbles that dissipated immediately. Leaves an incredibly thin ring of bubbles around the edges of the top. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, molasses and a slightly funky note... the flavor? Wow. I’ve *never* tasted anything that so magnificently soaked up the flavor of the barrels in which it was aged. It tastes like bourbon. Honest to God. Chocolate, but seriously? Mostly bourbon. Just amazing - like I poured a shot of Knob Creek into a glass of Old Viscosity, and let it sit for a year. What a distinctive flavor. Palate is wonderful, flavor is fantastic. Couldn’t have expected more. UPDATE: This remains a wonderful beer, despite the IB-AB acquisition (was worried the increased production would do bad things), but the booziness shows more than I remembered, and the sheer novelty of a brew with quite so much barrel character has worn off. Knocking a few points. KI9A (9) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2009 does not count
Oh hell, I need more of these to survive daily life. Sampled this in a neat, Michelob Ultra Amber tulip glass. Might need to acid erase the name from it next time.
A: Dark as Coke, very little head. Very cool watching the foam, on the glass, at beer level, turn from tan, to black as you set th glass down.
S: Bourbon dominates. Backed up by dark fruits. Just plain soothing to smell.
T: Obvious bourbon. Like white/vanilla chocolate, filled with bourbon. Very sweet.
M: Sticky, coats everything. Lick you lips after a drink, and you can feel the stickyness. Smooth, creamy. Great.
D: Well, been awhile since I got the mid-chest, alcohol burn from a beer. Sitting here, taking notes to review, while sipping this much like a bottle of decent craft-bourbon. At 13%, this will put your lights out, quick.
Beers like this, always restore my faith in the "craft" part, of craft beer. A true "craftsman" created this beer. Men Like Greg from GI, and Dan, from New Glarus, are true craftsman.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Wow! 12oz bottle, 2008. 52 deg F. Rich,sweet, not much of a head. Superb silky mouth feel. Malty with a great hops kick. Thanks to Gary, who brought me this from Chicago. jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
An excellent beer from a local brew pub. I try to enjoy it as often as possible.
kennydiaz (362) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2009 POURS THICK AND DARK AS OIL. YOU CAN TASTE THE VANILLA AND OAK WITH HINTS OF BUTTER. VERY STRONG BEER. THE ALCOHOL CONTENT IS A LITTLE STRONG. THIS BEER IS VERY DIFFERENT THE WARMER IT GETS THE MORE THE FLAVORS COME OUT. robertjm (898) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Lot’s of sediment in bottle. At first pours zero head, though it does foam up to about a quarter inch in height, albeit falling fairly quickly. Absolutely wonderful bourbon aromas when sticking nose deep in the glass. Flavors of brown sugar, cherry and vanilla. Not necessarily tasting the smoke, but that doesn’t matter as its fantastic as is. Body is just heavy enough on the tongue. Any thinner and it would have lost its charactor. Any thicker and it would have been a chore to drink. Only slightly warming on the palate. May just have to go back to Ledger’s and pick up a four pack to put away. brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Very stout, very imperial. The alcohol is right up front and this beer tasted a little too much like bourbon and a not quite enough like stout. It is good, and complex, but as such, I’m not really enthralled by it.
Bottle from Ledger Liquors Berkeley. jmikolich (1486) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 12oz bottle, 2005 vintage from 08/16/2005, nose is HUGE pour is nice and black only letting light in on the edge, but the taste is hot alcoholic and smoke, there is some redemption here though, vanilla and oak like a good bourbon.. nice but just too much for me... And man, its still packs a punch
12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Still a black oil beverage but now i’m much more accustomed to the -BAL movement.. much better this go round..smoother more balanced, I prefer it fresh i suppose.. would probably go 3.8 overall if rated again.
12oz bottle 2011 vintage on 12/11/12 the barrel still dominates and the sweetness is really striking now, quite tasty but man it still is punchy at 14% probably 3.7 if rerated, point minus for alcohol burn dalekliz (924) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
2008 Bottle. Pours a deep, inky black with a tan head that fades to a ring. Rich aroma of bourbon, sweet malt, molasses, wood, and alcohol. Intense taste, of bourbon, wood, malt, dark fruits, molasses, an alcohol bite, and some chocolate at the end. Lingering bourbon and wood flavors. Very rich and delicious.