gehenherzog (1) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012 does not count
Pours pitch black with a finger mocha head. Dissolves quickly but leaves tremendous lacing
Smell is of rich chocolate, bourbon and slight hint of coffee. Wonderful.
Taste is very creamy. Nice chocolate flavor. Nice toasted coconut flavor and very slight bourbon, oak wood flavor on the back end.
Thick but not too thick. Perfectly carbonated.
Dangerously drinkable. Poured a couple while I was at Duckworth’s. Couldn’t get enough of it. The alcohol is very well hidden even though it’s not a "huge" beer.
This is my favorite beer and can’t wait til it’s released again at the end of the year. IF you haven’t tried this beer, do whatever you can to try it. It’s worth the hype and some. fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Aroma:There is a huge chocolate aroma on this beer. Next comes a great bourbon undercurrent. There is also a little vanilla. This aroma is amazing, I must have spent 5 minutes just smelling it.
Appearance:Black, deep mocha colored head with OK retention.
Taste:The flavor is much like the aroma, lots of chocolate up front, and then comes the bourbon. The bourbon flavor isn’t huge and hot, it’s definitely there but well balanced. On the aftertaste, there’s some vanilla and dark fruits.
Palate:The body on this beer is thick and creamy, and there’s a little astringency towards the aftertaste. The carbonation is low to medium, but well suiting of this beer.
Overall:This is a wonderful chocolate beer that’s smooth and really well balanced. There’s not much age on this beer, but it’s already amazing, and I can only imagine how this one will age.
nearbeer (5422) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2015
650 ml. bottled Dec 16, 2014. Pour is jet with a lasting thin film of espresso cream on top. Aroma is Baby Ruth candy bar (caramel, chocolate, salted and roasted peanuts) and mild touches of raisin, espresso, soy and whiskey. Taste is the same huge mix with some toasted coconut and oak in the long finish. Heavy body is smooth with medium carbonation and an excellent balance in all directions. This awesome dessert beer is slightly sticky but perilously quaffable. jeffreylee (17) - HHI, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Did someone put beer in my bourbon. Seriously, the bourbon barrel aging is the story in the delicious Imperial Stout. It pours like maple syrup, very dark with minimal deep tan foam. The aroma is all oak barrel bourbon. The initial taste reminds me of single barrel bourbon mixed with a good old Guiness Stout. The effervescence just tickles the roof of the mouth. The full flavor of the roasted hops comes through, but can’t overcome the smoked barrel bourbon with a hint of vanilla. The bottle claims chocolate, but I tasted burnt toffee and roasted pecans. The after-taste is a lingering sense of the same with a bit more pronounced bourbon. Damn fine brew. Gonna go get a case and put in the cellar. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Thanks to kubrick215 for bringing this to our tasting.
Pours pitch black and comletely opaque with a two finger frothy dark mocha head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.
Complex aroma with a good balance of earthy hops, sweet alcohol, honey and bourbon barrel. Hints of earthy pine up front along with a nice, prominent bourbon character. Hints of sweet spirit and oak as well as a healthy dose of vanilla in the nose.
Viscous, chewy medium body that’s on the filler end with lots of luscious, silky chocolate malt, a very prominent hop forward bitterness, earthy oak, vanilla, honey and almost the perfect amount of bourbon. I’m shocked how hop forward this beer ie with a nice combination of bitter earthy pine qnd sweet citrus notes. This is countered mid-palate by a sweet chocolate malt, honey and licorice flavor. In addition, there is the perfect touch of barrel aged notes, especially sweet liquor, earthy oak and tons of vanilla and marshmallow. I was expecting much more of a bourbon bomb but this beer is incredibly well balanced, complex and absolutely delicious.
This beer absolutely lives up to the hype and is very similar to ’07 Darkness. I know this beer has high ratings but I was a bit skeptical going in. I have to say this beer destroyed my
expectations and is really amazing. Please drink this fresh to enjoy it at it’s fullest potential.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2011
A: On draft and from 22 oz bomber this beer pours solid black with a brown 2 inch head that fades quickly.
S: The beers smells like a bourbon stout should with dark roasted malts, chocolate, smooth bourbon and some residual molasses.
T: The taste is what does it for me with this beer. You are assaulted with the aforementioned malts and chocolate initially. The taste develops into a nice vanilla/coconut bourbon that is still holding onto the chocolate. And finally it finishes sweet with the honey and chocolate following through. These guys did a great job of making something just complex enough and not over the top that it is actually very drinkable!
M: The mouthfeel is on par with some of the best bourbon stouts that I have had. The carbonation level seems to be just right but I would still like it to be a little more viscous.
D: At 8.5 ABV and the taste not fatiguing your palate this beer is very drinkable.
Kudos to Olde Hickory for a great job on this beer, highly recommended.
zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Sampled at GABF 2011. Black pour. Aroma of licorice and dark fruit detectable from 3 feet away. Dark chocolate and dark fruit flavor with a touch of espresso. Very nicely done and a true WOW beer. Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
The best this brewery has produced to date in my opinion. Pours very dark in color with hints of honey and bourbon. Taste included oak with a subtle smokey flavor. mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
Pitch black pour, dark chocolate, vanilla, nuts, caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. World class beer. phaleslu (10271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3200th rating. 22 oz. bottle via BA trade. Most recent release, late 2011, I believe. Pours a deep, opaque brown with almost no head. Big, rich aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak, roast, dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon that provides a little bit of warmth. The flavor hits all the same notes, with rich roasted malts, lightly charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, honey, and molasses. So rich and yet so well-balanced. Finishes roasty after starting more mellow. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, roasty, smooth mouthfeel. Man, this was good. My "Best in Show" for the tasting at which I opened it.