tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2009
12 oz bottle at Zeno’s. Pours oily black with very thin tan head. The initial aroma is almost exactly like port--sweet brown sugar, plum, cherry--but after a few more whiffs I get those roasty stout notes. The flavor is also very port-like, but is significantly more bitter than the nose would lead me to expect. Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, fruit skins, and a roasty sourness come out, as well as some vanilla and oak qualities. Alcohol warmth is evident, but it really isn’t overly boozy, especially for 15.5%. As my glass gets closer to room temperature, the port notes start to fade and the bourbon becomes more assertive, with some nice smoky char character. Very intense beer, but as far as over-the-top imperial stouts go, this one is rather well put together. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Unlabeled bottle from hopdog. Black pour with a very small tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Flavor is full and really damn good. Chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, wood, raisins. MMMMM. MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Johnykat. Pours black and thick as used motor oil. Thin brown head. Nose is of licorice and alcohol. Taste is very prominently licorice with some syrup, oak and roast malt. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with alcohol noticeable. didn’t care for this. Maybe a good five years of aging might have helped. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Thanks to johnnykat for sharing this one! Pitch black pour with a thick beige head. Alcohol, oak, and maple syrup on the nose. Full bodied. Chocolate, coffee, and bourbon emacgee (4712) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Shared by ucusty at the Sexual Chocolate gathering. Pours an inky black with a chestnut brown head. The nose was appley, showed acetaldehyde, rich and pungent under all of that, alcohol. The flavor is rich, molasses, warming alcohol, chocolate, bourbon and oak flavors. Thick on the palate and a tad tannic and waxy.
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2009
This poured a pitch black color with not any head at all really. Aroma was loads and loads of whiskjey and hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was like strong coffee with a drop of chocolate and a shot of whiskey added. Bourbon flavor was there, but the burn was not. This is excellent stuff. Reminds me alot of WWS Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from the brewery with a taped-on paper label, 2008 vintage. Pours dense and black as night, with a small, foamy, light brown head. The foam settles quickly to a puffy rim. Dense, leggy sheeting slowly drips down the glass, leaving virtually no lacing behind. The nose is big and bold, prominent sour mash bourbon and vanilla showing atop a dark chocolate and molasses malt base. Caramel, marshmallow, and hints of toasted coconut and rum finish off the powerful nose. Flavors show more of the serious bourbon and oak influence, perhaps more than in any other bourbon aged beer in my recent memory. Raw cacao lends bittersweet earthiness, with more burnt marshmallow, caramel, and vanilla. Some indiscernible, stewed dark fruits show in the background. The body is big, syrupy, and well carbonated, yet aggressively hot. There are some really nice elements going on here, but I’m afraid they got a bit carried away with the heft of this brew and the intense barrel aging. Back things down a bit here and they’d have a real winner. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Pours a really dark black as hell body and a thin head. Aroma is at first an alcohol burn upfrotn in the nose with a acetaldehyde green apple with chocoalte matlts, fusels, adn nail poilish remover. Flavor has more of the bourbon, oak and vanilla, with some more chocoalte matls, lgiht raost, bourbon gets more intense as it warms and I get some licorice and a wierd coconut vanilla note - tobacco and chocoalte in the end with more earht and coconut- somewhat smooth for this strength. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2009
12oz handbottle via seaoflament at the red poppy release. Poured like liquid motor oil, it was sweet and nice, but overall quite good and light on the heat. Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Two different bottles, one with the paper label one without. Both brought to the Stouts tasting.
I’m really glad we all shared these two bottles. Wow what an awesome beer. Definitely a sipper and defiantly something to share (both the enjoyment of and the ABV of with friends.)
The beer is quite hot, but manageable. Would do well with some years on it. Thick and oily and really really enjoyable. Thanks to DA (and other) for bringing this treat.