Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: Pours black with a nice dark tan head with a bit of lacing.
S: Anise and bourbon were the two that initially popped out to me, followed by some rich roasted malt and a bit of coffee.
T: Quite similar, with the bourbon character coming out a little bit more. Some dark cherry fruits in addition to the roasted malt and coffee, although these flavors could have just come from the roasted nature of the malt.
M: Nice and full without being viscous. Not too much alcohol; actually a mellow creaminess.
D: Very drinkable. One of the better barrel-aged beers that I’ve had in some time.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-04-2010 jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Got bottle from great divide in denver during GABF. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma has notes of dried friut, with hints of vanilla and coffee. very smooth with hints of bourbon. overall a great beer. beernbourbon (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle shared by jckp64, thanks John! Pour is black with a thin lingering rim of brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, light vanilla, faint coffee, light wood, and notes of dried fruit. Flavor is deep rich roasted malt with notes of vanilla, bourbon, dried fruit, light oxidation, and faint coffee. Had this along side CCB Dbl barrel zhukov, this was notably better. Still a touch of oxidation, but very smooth and coherent with a rich roasted malt backbone. dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2010
The full intensity of the yeti with an added layer of oak. thick and bold like a hoppy/malty motor oil. Rich with chocolate and coffee tones. lassem (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
As I wrote on the rating of the normal version I drank this one next to the normal one and actually they came quite close in taste and the impact of the barrel aging wasnt that big as seen in other beers. Still this comes out as a winner in my book due to the fact that the aging after all gives it a more smooth taste where the sharp edges are gone. Its pretty much looks the same as the normal version. A very dark beer with a cappochino coloured head though seems the foth on this one to beer a little thicker. The nose is also pretty much the same. I would like to think that there are some notes of wood but I am not that sure. The taste is less bitter and much rounder as I wrote earlyer - the aging has done its job here. There are burned malts and some hops. The tasteis nice and round and appears more balanced. Still this is a bitter beer - and I like it for that bitterness. In the finish you sense the wood more I guess. NIce
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle. Aroma is burnt malts, oak, and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, dark fruit, and maybe some hops. On palate, it is chewy and thick. Flavor is chocolate and bourbon. Finishes dry. madvike (3306) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bottle shared by DalzAle at his pre-Darkness Day tasting...thanks Greg! - Pours deep and dark, a cola color with a little tan foamy head. Really sweet and caramelly on the nose, with whiskey notes. Not a ton of heat, just light burn. Well-balanced, rich, and smooth. Taste is ridiculously smooth for what you’re drinking, and the 12.2% is hidden well. Well-integrated whiskey and barrel notes mingle with the roasty dark malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. A lingering heat is present, but that is to be expected. Smooth, but not super thick. The only knock is the whiskey gets a bit sweet after awhile, but you’re not going to want to drink this in quantity anyways. Very nice. Captain_Cab (10) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Good aroma and appearance. Tasteful a little hot but is the beer we opened at a tasting tonight. Slimbrundage (81) - USA - OCT 21, 2010
Oily black with a deep brown head. Whiskey smoke and dark black fruit blend with the nutty roasted malts, a hint of vannila and pumpernickel. Medium to full bodied. Bitter black malt, bready with just a hint of whiskey and bitter chocolate. The finish is full and lingering. I remember enjoying this one more the last time had it, still a quality beer by all means but I was a little disapointed. I’ll have to give this one another try soon. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Bottle 50 something of the 08 vintage, didn’t write it down. Pours quick thick and oily sticky. Aroma is lovely, well balanced beautiful bourbon, really one of the best uses of bourbon in an aroma, doesn’t just smell like any bourbon but one of distinct quality. Flavor hasn’t held up quite as well as the aroma, bit syrupy one-note ish at this point with an aggressive bourbon punch, excellent dark chocolate and vanilla combo though. So happy I finally got to try this. Thanks Adam V.