Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle, close to 1 year of age. Aroma of rich chocolate malts, toffee and oak, with a slightly burnt sweetness coming through and notes of vanilla, faint bourbon, hints of alcohol and caramel. Solid-looking black color with red-brown showing around the edges, and lacking a head entirely after a few minutes. Flavor is a very nice blend of chocolate sweetness, buttery toffee, light oak, earthiness, faint smoke, alcohol and dark, dried fruits. Some faint coffeeish tones and vanilla appear very late. Palate is thin and warming, very low in effervescence, body is full. Flavorful and subtle for what it is, quite nice overall.
ruyehara88 (49) - Killeen, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small white head. Very soft milk aroma, hints of milk chocolate. The beer is really thick. Thereís a definite milk chocolate taste to it, just like in its aroma. Definitite taste of alcohol. The bitterness sits on the back of your tongue. Its almost like a candy bar. I got a hint of floralness too in the taste but that mightíve been because I was drunk at the time.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really interesting beer. Flavor is dark fruit up front, quickly making way for vanilla and almonds, along with chocolate and brown sugar. Also a good nutty presence. Definitely a different kind of stout, in a very good way. On the finish is almost like a port wine. Delicious.
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tried this at an oyster roast courtesey of Mitch. Inky pour with a thin tan head. Aroma somewhat subdued by the smoke from the fire but sweet malt, alcohol, dark raisins, and java are all present. Very chewy, creamy palate, with huge sweet java, bourbon, vanilla notes, almonds, and toffee here in abundance. Next time I may add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
thirdeye11 (6101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 ( 22oz bottle thanks to BA piclee) Pours clear dark brown with almost no head. Nose of brown sugar, rum raisins and caramel. Taste of toasted sugar, Rum raisins, alcohol, semi-sweet chocolate, and lightly roasted malt. Nice tingly carbonation and good moderately thick body.
Travlr (22073) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
99% black with a thin tan head that settles quickly to leave minimal delicate lacing. Aroma of bourbon, wood and alcohol. Flavor has bourbon from start to finish that almost masks the beer taste - malts come through only in the beginning. Over the top.
Maddog (524) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH. A big, complex brew with big, bourbon flavors. The pour is jet black with minimal head. Aromas of roasted malts stand out and the flavors of bourbon dominate. There is vanilla and oak to accompany the bourbon and roasted malts. Although delicious, I donít think I could drink too much of this monster. Very rich.
haddon90 (1627) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with little to no head. Nice, vanilla aroma. Hint of caramel as well. Nice, smooth, vanilla taste, with a hint of caramel and light hops. Slight sense of alcohol. Interesting beer.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black with a big creamy tan head, nose of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, flavors were big and prominent, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, with a moderate hop finish. Delicious.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.
Pours a dark brown color, similar to Coca Cola. The head is off-white. The aroma is strongly wood and bourbon and some vanilla. The flavor is similar with lots of vanilla as well as wood, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. One of the more complex tasting beers I have had in a while. Medium body and low carbonation. Awesome beer.