bluejacket74 (1953) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is low, with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke and coffee. The strongest flavor I can taste in this beer is bourbon, so if youíre a bourbon fan youíll love this brew. Thereís also some smoke, chocolate and roasted malt noticable too, along with a lingering bourbony finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it seems a bit thin but itís also coating, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I thought this was very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, definitely worth a try.
TonyDiUlio (663) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bad with he guys, James and pat. Pours a thick black with nice head. Aroma aid burnt marshmellow, caramel, and cocoa. Flavor is sweet cream and roaches cocoa beans.
theaudist (46) - Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
This dark, complex beer has a very pungent but aromatic smell to it, and almost smells coffee-like. The bourbon flavor was a little on the strong side, but played off the oak masterfully. Bitterness was palatable, and overall a great brew.
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 (1048) - Indianapolis, Indiana, 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 (25101) - 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.