jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle: Pours a stunning dark brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Oak is the first part of the aroma, followed by sweet maltiness, vanilla, and bourbon. Tastes sweet with caramel and vanilla up front, finishing with a bourbon and oaked tail. Rich. Lingering bourbon is really sticking to my tongue... vikingguy (1103) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Pours a deep black. Light barely comes through even when held right up to a lamp. Fragrant...roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, burnt toast, a little alchohol, but well hidden for the most part. Heavy mouthfeel, a little bite on the front end leads to a pleasant creamy texture. Long roasted malt and coffee finish. Gets sweeter as it warms, more milk chocolate notes. Best stout I’ve had. Great winter warmer. matthewjk (1101) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
22oz Bomber. Tracked down this one at Kroger of all places! I couldn’t even find this at a local specialty shop. Interesting combination of malts, hops, and what taste like coconut. As described by brewer, the hints of bourbon do add a nice touch. Overall, I’m not a huge fan, but definitely worth drinking. RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 i’ve had this beer a few times. on the most recent occasion, on draft. the first impression was coconut, that moved to a strong whiskey aftertaste. i wont be ordering this one again.
UPDATE 10-9-2010.. on tap at uptown. thin. dry canadian whiskey flavor. this beer is lacking complexity. drinkable but boring. cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at steak house. Pours dark black with a small, creamy head. Dark tan with good lacing. Aroma is very bready. Chocolate and coffee with a strong alcohol character. Strong flavor of semi sweet chocolate. Slight hints of caramel with a strong roasted character ti finish it. Silky smooth mouth feel. Carbonation a bit prickly. A very good beer, it’s a little sweet and a tad over carbonated.
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle shared with bro for my b-day. Pours a deep golden brown with thick head. Taste is creamy smooth and sweet. Even better on the palate with a very smooth finish. This definitely gets a spot on my favorite stouts list. Can’t wait to try it again. Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy thin tan head that lasts throughout. Good lacing. The aroma has lots of sweet caramel and roasted malt with a hint of vanilla. Great bourbon aroma. Initial flavor is of bourbon followed by a malty sweetness with a nicely balanced bitterness. Roasted malt. Grassy hop flavor. Warming seems to accentuate the vanilla. Medium to heavy bodied. Finishes surprisingly dry. Truly an interesting stout. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 2nd August 2008. 8.5% ABV version bottle. Very dark brown - black beer. Soft silky palate, low carbonation. Creamy malt with a rich fruity undertone. Pleasant oak and vanilla and minerals on the finish. Not too dry like so many barrel aged beers. Smooth and complex. yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Very deep dark brown pour with a decent head for the weight of this beer. Almost copper head and slight lacing with roast malt and fresh cut timber scents. Full bodied, smooth and forward drinking. Flavors of roast coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol. WVHouseofBeer (1068) - West Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2016 Sampled at the 2009 Pittsburgh Brufest. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor is of chocolate and an overwhelming whiskey flavor. It was almost like taking a shot every drink, not something that I want in a beer.