SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - thanks bvc!! clear, roasty brown; crisp aromas of caramel, vanilla and leaves; bourbon seems pretty minor here, but not the wood, which adds a yummy sweet goodness; malty sweet finish; very nice
oRos (1588) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Pours black with light Brown head. Aroma is bourbon. Taste is lots of vanilla and bourbon. Flavor fades
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Beerlando. Black color, thin sparse light tan head. Mild sourness funky roast, some barrel character but very light. Taste has a mild acidity with a light roast, nice sourness on the back end. Pretty nice.
flatmatt (1515) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma, holy hell, it’s all kinds of sweet vanilla frosting, molasses, bourbon, cocoa. A bit more restrained in the flavor department, but still similar, sweet with molasses, bourbon, vanilla, smoke, oak, cocoa, red grape. Again kind of frosting-esque in its sweetness. Deep and complex beer, yet it has the refreshing palate of a lager. Very surprising and extremely good.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks hoppymeal! - Pours thin and almost black with a massive tan head that continues to grow...hmmmm....aroma is sour cherry and fruit, tannic oak and bourbon...flavour is similar, spiced oak, lemon juice, cherry, bourbon, coffee...I think some wild critters made they’re way into the bottle, but it still is quite enjoyable...tough to rate, probably different than what they were shooting for, but tasty...pretty torn...I’ll def need to try again to re-rate...
TorbenJensen (1472) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer is black with moderate nougat colored foam. It is a further development of the brewery Sustenance Black Beer, which was very popular in a very short time. The brewer got the idea to barrel age it 11 months in bourbon barrels and the result is a beautiful black beer that smells of oak, vanilla, bourbon and some smoke. The taste is weak bourbon with oak distinct flavor of fresh wood, a little acid and a little vanilla sweetness. Moreover schwarzbiers licorice flavor that is clear and long-lasting. It has a retracted hop bitterness that prolongs the aftertaste of licorice and vanilla in union.
peteinSD (1467) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Black pour with a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bourbon with vanilla and light alcohol spice, roast, chocolate, and darker raisin. Remarkaby heavy bourbon influence that remains balanced on a 6.5% ABV beer. Taste is dominated by the bourbon and it’s hard to pick out the roast character although the darker fruit notes seem intensified by the bourbon. There is also chocolate and even some light hop bitterness in the taste. Smooth, coating mouthfeel and the bourbon integrates well with the base beer even if some of the roast characteristics are lost. If you like bourbon in your beer, this is your beer. Very impressive.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - pours opaque black/brown with orange ring. No head with some legs but no lacing. S - nice rich aromas. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, molasses, toasted coconut, brown sugar, vanilla, graham crackers, marshmallows. Dried husky cereal grains. Surprisingly rich. M - amazingly light. Average carb. Weak palate for such a strong rich nose. Lingering fake grainy chocolate. Lightly sticky end. T - burnt sugar water. Wow, bland. Fake chocolate, sweet toasted caramel, toasted coconut. Toasted malts. Some cereal grains. Strong cola. Earthy damp oak. O - great nose, weak execution. Bourbon barrel aged malty water 3.1
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Stopped in the brewery and had a little sampler of several beers. Very similiar to the regular version with the exception of the bourbon flavors and notes. Very distinct bourbon notes in the nose. Fairly strong bourbon flavors in the taste along with vanilla and chocolate. Very smooth. Tan head with good lace.
juiceisloose (1327) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy GoT. Pours a dark brown almost cola like color with a small and foamy tan colored head. The aroma shows dark chocolate, spices, oak, and some sour mash bourbon. The flavor follow suit with the dark chocolate and spices up front then followed by a lot more sour mash bourbon. The oak imparts a nice vanilla flavor to round things out and smooth over the sour mash. The body is substantial with ample carbonation leading to a dry, cocoa finish. This is a really nice take on a schwarzbier.