carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2010 Draft at bottleworks. Pours inky black wirh just a small ring of head. Aroma starts with chocolate and deep, well balanced alcohol. Taste is touchingly bitter in the cocoa/coffee mold without being overpowering. Feels like an alcoholic dessert sauce. Sonicdescent (388) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Dark liquid with reddish highlights around the top when held to light. Nice mocha colored head and lace.
Smells of booze and dark fruits, dark dark malt: Chocolate and roasted variety.
Really incredible taste, Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, cream, hint of roasted malt. Bourbon level is high but not burninating.
Mouth is thick and low in carbonation. Warming feeling doesn’t start until the end of the drink.
Just an amazing, amazing brew.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Bottle. I’m rating two years side by side but they managed to be very similar so it counts like one. Pours pretty much black with huge chocolate head. Aroma is kind of lighter than you’d expect but has bourbon present along with some chocolate and toffee. Flavor is potent with bourbon, oak, vanilla and rich roasty malts. Smooth beyond belief. Not overpowering in the least and the alcohol is hard to find, this one really does not fall under the category of challenging huge beers but instead along the lines of well crafted and well balanced drinkable barrel aged goodness. Among the BB releases I find the 08 to be the most subtle at this time. Good lord I wish I had bigger bottles of this stuff. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2009
On tap at Brouwers. Cool thing is this sucker was tapped when Liquid Sunshine VIII met there. This was an awesome surprise. Dark black with nice chocolate head. Head sticks around for some time; nice looking beer. Nice pungent wood/whiskey aroma. Not a stout? As with Old Viscosity, I don’t understand this, but oh well. Slight sweet chocolate aroma as well. Nice complex aroma. Very strong whiskey/alcohol at first, then a nice chocolate/wood taste after that. Very nice complex flavor. Very bold. Whiskey is strong, but I like that type of thing. Very rich and smooth palate. So glad to have tried this one. Overall, complex and strong. Get ready to try that whiskey. Great brew. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2009
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe, after someone else at the table (I forget who) talked them into tapping this, thanks to them. Poured black, with a thin dark-tan head. Really bourbony, almost too much. Toffee, mocha/chocolate, nuts, gorgeous molasses character. Starts very expressive, and moves right on into dominating from there. A huge beer, just over-dominated by the bourbon.
jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
From a bottle poured thin and black with no head. Sweet malty flavor with a bourbon aroma and lingering finish. sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - AUG 10, 2009
[Bottle, thanks Guerde!] Pours dark brown with a good brown head. The aroma is probably the weakest point of the beer, and is primarily coconut from the bourbon, alcohol, and a little chocolate. The taste is big on coconut again, but also brownies, alcohol, malt, and a little oak. Quite thick mouthfeel, smooth, and has a long finish. Overall this is a nice beer that is enjoyable, but quite simple--especially in the aroma. Thanks again, Andy! thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(375ml corked and caged bottle thanks to mar) Pours black with dark tan head. Nose is alcoholic, cumin, toasted spices. Taste is unsweetened chocolate, but one dimensional for me. Well carbonated and a great coffee linger which is the best part of this beer. Glad to have had this one. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Had a couple other versions of this as well, but this rating now is the 2008 375mL bottle. Clear deep deep brown with a dark mahogany two finger head, good retention. Aroma of clean chocolate malt up front with bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet scorched caramel and light smoke. There’s also a bit of licorice. The flavor is much more boozy with burnt charred malts (which I don’t enjoy) along with an odd sour grape character, though it isn’t too strong. Dry finish with bourbon and charred malts, bitterness peaking around a 4. Full thick body with moderate carbonation. Smelled good, didn’t taste as good. Nuffield (4195) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Vanilla, propelled by alcohol, grape, port, chocolate. Better nose than flavor, except in the finish. The edge of the glass reveals colors that are cool. Lingers well. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.