Sarlacc83 (2432) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2012
On tap at HAF, maybe the last beer I could drink on a fresh palate
A: A moderately fluffy creme colored head with an almost perfectly black body.
N: Intense bourbon on the nose. Caramel, honey, and vanilla. Some chocolate and smoke, but it’s mostly barrel and oak.
T: Smoke, peat, and bourbon. Vanilla, and honey. A pleasant espresso through the middle to balance the sweetness. Dark chocolate.
M: On the lighter side of stomach-sinking. Noticeable alcohol. Could use some improvement here.
O: Suitable for cave aging indeed. I believe the program said this was a 2011 vintage, and it was probably neck and neck with the other best beers I had at the festival. (Though aged Abyss is hard to beat.) I would love bottles of this.
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Almost black in color with a khaki head. Wonderful aroma of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Very mild smoke, some oak, and good bourbon notes. The flavor has a very nice sweetness of milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Bourbon, oak, and nice roasted malt flavors with subtle smoke. Excellent all around. onceblind (10861) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Hazy dark nutty brown, nearly black, with a thin foamy light tan head. The nose is immediately a bit chocolaty but transitions to a slightly spicy tortilla dough tone and some bourbon. The flavor is like a winter spice ale, totally out of nowhere for where the aroma was. Nice dark sweet malts with a bit of Christmas spices like clove and cinnamon, a bit of raisin, and doughiness with some bourbon twinged caramel on the back end. Very balanced, oddly enough, with a small touch of bitterness throughout, without much hoppy flavor, leaving way for dark Christmas like maltiness and a smooth undercurrent of light bourbon. And is that a light touch of coffee in the finish?! Very, very good. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 20, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2012 On tap at stone Pasadena pre opening. Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is slight smoke and bourbon. Taste is initially boozy but finishes with a touch of smoke on the back of the pallet. Medium carbonation. Overall, pretty damn tasty. daleharshman (1080) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Growler fill from brewery. NOTE: The tag on the growler has this at 11.9% (though currently listed here as 9%). Pours black with three fingers of light brown head. Nice complex aroma of charred wood, thick molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, campfire-roasted marshmallows, vanilla, boozy barrel, roasted nuts, and a hint of maple syrup. Flavor has lots of bourbon up front followed by fudgy dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla extract, some astringent smokiness, and some dark coffee. Not overly sweet or smoky, but quite a boozy flavor and finish. I was surprised to see a BA version of this beer as I understand it was brewed only once and apparently not a whole lot of it. I liked the original and the extra six months or so in the bourbon barrel have only improved it. (5, 744)
Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Poured up on tap at GABF 2012 with a mahogany looking body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sort of sticky sugary prunes, sweet malts, a little bit of musty earthiness and then it gets both nutty and molasses like. The taste is rich delivering an almost black strap molasses like sweetness and spiciness to go along with dark roasted malts. It then flows into sweet prune like esters and then lingering roastiness into the finish as well as a touch of booze. Nice rich brew. Peacehammer (627) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
medium bourbon, and nice smoke on the nose. Flavor is an excellent smoked chocolate and vanilla bourbon character. Medium thick mouthfeel. Fantastic BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2013
On tap at Urge. Midnight pour with mahogany edges and a tight 1/4 inch latte head. Charred wood, smoke, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, molasses and burnt marshmallow are integrated beautifully in the nose and flavor. Nothing overpowering the other but each standing out on their own. Really well balanced and delicious! Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Brewvival Trip Beer 84. Draft at Brewvival. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a large creamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of vanilla, whisky, mild smoke. The taste is roasted malts, whisky, vanilla and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied. 6200th rating! peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Dark brown/near black pour with an off-white head. Deep bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dates, marshmallow and light background chocolate in the aroma. Wow! Firestone Walker level barrel aging. Taste is dominated by the bourbon, vanilla, alcohol spice, and chewy marshmallow - underneath there’s some chocolate and dark malt. Coating mouthfeel. Good one.