queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured black brown with a small tan head. Aroma was bourbon and vanilla. Flavor was bourbon / oak, vanilla. The bourbon flavor was a little overpowering for my taste. Medium body with a tannic finish.
HopBurp (74) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose has scents of maple and sweet liqueur--intimidating Thin consistent head with even lacing throughout and some bubbles lasting in the middle. Very dark espresso appearance. smooth and welcoming on the palate, just right on the carbonation. Flavors of rich brown sugar, milk drenched coffee cake, syrupy alch. Leaves palate coated with rich flavors of molasses and slight bitterness that evens out the malty sweetness ending with the oak aftermath that sticks with you. Well done.
MrBeerFanatic (1031) - Friona, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split a 22 oz bottle at a friends house. Bought from Erie PA. Dark brown body medium laced head. Aromas of whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel. Most flavors carry over from the nose but the whiskey comes through a little strong. So whiskey upfront with oak tones, undertones of vanilla, slight caramel almost masked, brown sugar. A little to much of the whiskey coming through, as I really dislike it. Semi sweet, burnt aftertaste, slightly bitter.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour was dark with a medium tan head. Aroma was very oaky with a good deal of bourgon, light roast, coffee, chocolate, and some caramel. The body was full with flavors blending very well together. The barrel and bourbon were quite prevalent but not overpowering compared to the sweet malt, and silky body. Nice brew. Balance was nice favoring the bourbon.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Body is illusive and dark. Appears almost black until held up to the light. Under the light its rich dark ruby hues are shown. Thick creamy tan head fades quickly to a thick collar. Leaves behind plenty of lacing in the glass.
S- Distinct dark chocolate smell is present. Hints of vanilla and bitterness lie in the background.
T- Bitter dark chocolate upfront. The initial flavor is deep and rich. Similar to a milk stout or a Russian Imperial. Caramel malt is noticed along with hints of oak and vanilla. Finish is very sweet with a balance of chocolate and vanilla.
P- Medium carbonation and thick syrupy body. Similar consistency to a stout. Goes down smooth and easy.
O- Alcohol cannot be detected in this brew. Its high and will hit hard. This is one to enjoy perhaps as a dessert beer because it is pretty heavy. I liked this one and will have it again.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-07-2007 03:25:25
anders37 (24431) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Kaseyís Tavern, Chicago, IL. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty smooth chocolate aroma. Roasted malty smooth milk chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. 9.5% abv on the label. Pours a brown black with a beige head that becomes a ring and laces down the glass. Malty nose of chocolate, dark fruit that are pleasant but an odd earthy yeast/hop aroma that isnít. Luckily that scent only wafts out when I swirl it, so Iíll stop swirling. The dark fruitís and caramel maltís slight sweetness balances well enough with the bitter roast and hops. Drying oak in the finish. Seems like its something closer to an American Strong Ale than a stout, a little sweet, but actually pretty decent.
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. black under a small tan head. roasty milk chocolate and vanilla aroma with notes of split wood. flavors of cocoa powder, caramel, vanilla, butter, raisins and peanuts. low-moderate carbonation. medium body. smooth. oak doesnít come through as strong as some, but i like that. a good dose of caramel shows up here. not imperial?
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rather thin looking, almost reminiscent of coffee and there really isnít a head to speak of. Smells of sweet fruits and candy licorice upfront. As it sits, the beer takes on more of a deep roasted quality that also presents sweet milk chocolate and vanilla. There is also a booziness that comes through in the nose. This beer is very bourbon-esque giving strong flavors of vanilla, chocolate, an interesting woody/earthy, and booze. The finish is a little short but is rather sweet. This is a nice beer.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell,is filled with malty sweetness. and hints of wood and vanilla. Big taste, again the malty sweetness, but I would say the overall taste is like the first bite into the middle of a Tootsie pop where itís half hard candy and half Tootsie roll. A little sweetcorn in there too. Palatee is a bit syrupy but not overdone.