LinusStick (3532) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Wow this is big beer but also one of those beers that you drink and think "this is too big and too over the top to enjoy". Maybe some don’t have that point but for me this is it. Aroma was great. Smelled like bourbon with just a hint of chocolate. Pour was a flat thick deep black with no bubbles or head. Taste was very strong and bourbon-y which is a minus for me. This is like drinking a flat mix of bourbon and coffee with a bit of chocolate in between. The bourbon is overpowering and the lack of strong carbonation make this beer one to sip and look out the window. I would love to age this and try again. lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle in trade from JB185, I believe. Thanks! Pours dark, oily black with a medium lived tan head. Smell is rich chocolate and bourbon. Smooth and rich smell. Taste is mild roastiness, a touch bitter and tartness with a moderate amount of bourbon flavor and a nice little warming sensation and some oakiness to it. Overall it is a bit mild flavored, yet it hides most of the 15% pretty well in the actual flavor. Slightly thick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Pretty good beer and a great one for a cold night. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Aroma is oak, bourbon, vinous, alcohol, maple and vanilla. The flavor is much more refined than the nose, a viscous chocolate mineral maple blend. Bourbon and light dark fruity esters, finishes with a moderate warming. Dam good. SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
12 oz. hand-bottle - thanks riverside; dark black with no head; aromas are on the harsh side and very bitter - bourbon, alcohol, prunes, coffee; drinks hot and very bitter again; a little too much for me kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours pitch black, with a few wisps of brown bubbles. Aroma of port, prune, raisin, oak and chocolate. Hefty dark fruit flavor; lots of prune, molasses, wood, bourbon, charcoal and chocolate round out the palate. Chocolate and alcohol remain on the palate for a while. This is a bit too hot for me; maybe a few years in the cellar will temper this one a bit.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12-oz., hand bottled. Thanks, Riverside! Jet black. Headless, laceless. Boubon, vodka, and prunes on the nose. Leaves your nostrils tingling with the alcohol heat. Creamy, slightly sticky mid-palate. Pruney vodka and bourbon mid-palate. Long, hot, twangy finish. Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2008
coal mine black with a dark gray head . strong whiskey aroma with dark raisin, it burns a bit, wow. green raisin is strong in the flavor. a bit thin, lingering roast notes. a bit of vanilla mixed in there. not as much whiskey taste as i expected.
5 10 6 3 14 Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Another rarity courtesy of tbd975, you my friend ROCK!!! Pours up dead blackness void with thin brown head. Big boozy bourbony and oaky aroma clearly detected from feet away from my glass. As my nose gets less than “feet” away I can start to pick up some roasty malts way off in the back. The taste is kind of thin bringing in big amounts of bourbon followed by mild roasty to caramel malts, some vanilla and then oak notes. Oak and booze ride together to the finish in a big bold nearly brash manner. This brew could use a more balance as age may bring out the base beer. BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel), average hops (perfume), heavy yeast (dough, leather) with notes of alcohol, plum, dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness. Ratman197 (15636) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle shared with beerandblues2(thanks Brad) poured a opaque dark brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bourbon, dark fruit, licorice and molasses. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, dark fruit, molasses and licorice with a smooth warming lingering bourbon finish.