zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, end dry. A bit more sweetness and body would make this killer. SrSilliGose (3330) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle. pours dark with a tan head. chocolate, vanilla, milk. smooth creamy mouthfeel. not too bad. supposedly it is nutty as well. OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2009
Cette bière, de couleur noire-rougeâtre, se trouve à mi-chemin entre une english strong ale et une milk stout. Elle offre des arômes de vanille et de noix de coco. En bouche, elle est douce et moelleuse et offre, en finale, des saveurs prononcées de noix de coco, de vanille et d’alcool. Bonne bière complexe. zizzybalubba (1862) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 On tap at Coasters. Cola-like pour with virtually no head. Aroma of smoke, bourbon, dark fruit, and vanilla. Flavor is very interesting; some grape flavor upfront with hints of vanilla and oak on the finish. Virtually no alcohol taste present. An excellent beer. (I have had this in the bottle before and on tap several times. This is a completely different beer, and much better, on tap.)...Just looked through my statistics and noticed this has been moved to the stout category. While hard to categorize, this is no stout. drgnmstr0923 (3) - Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2009 does not count
off the tap
I absolutly love this beer
velocity (1) - , Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2009 does not count
The tastes combine to create a lasting impression though a smooth warming sensation. Very good beer. Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2009
22 oz. Bottle pour.very sweet aroma with hints of oak and whiskey.Pours a dark and hazy brownish/red color with a decent beige head.Flavor was sweet,chocolate and sweet malt with some vanilla and oak and whiskey hints.Well balanced taste and warms nicely as it goes down from the bourbon.Great beer. Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2009
22oz bottle after several other beers. Pours dark amber with a aroma of fruit and bourbon. Pretty good. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
22oz bottle shared by TheCaptain. Thanks Mark. Very dark ruby red color with a creamy beige head. Huge gusts of oak and vanilla waft up from the glass. The taste has the aforementioned oak and vanilla along with some toffee and bourbon. Nicely balanced. Beer3irty (4) - Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2009 does not count
Overall I would call this a good beer but not great. I think the label combined with the anticipation of drinking this beer left me with somewhat of an unfulfilled expectation.
I think one impediment of rating this beer is the temputaure at which it was served. As the beer warms it releases a richer nose profile much like walking from thru the front door of the flower shoppe and then going into the flower warehouse. As the beer warms below my nose as I type report the sweet malty tones are more and more pronounced with a delightful effect to my nasal passages.
I would try this beer again but make sure that it was served at a better temp - like 65 or so.