I’m actually unclear if the beer was originally their 1000th batch and they’ve been brewed it seasonally since; I suspect this to be the case because "2008" is pointedly printed on the label, and the ABV on the bottle is higher than the (original) entry on their website (11%).
Not that it matters either way. This is a great beer; I drank the first one I bought and went back and bought two more to lay down.
Appearance: Thick, inky black and almost completely still… a skiff of dark brown foam formed briefly.
Smell: Very dark molasses and aged bourbon, lots of smoky wood notes, dark fruits macerated in whiskey (fruitcake), gingerbread, black licorice. There are definitely multiple layers of aromas all interacting.
Taste: Where to start? Woody bourbon-scotch notes, alcohol heat, smoky-sweet black malts that’s syrupy and intense and chocolaty, with tobacco, leather, burnt toast, gingerbread—that’s just the first few sips. Pretty amazing.
Mouthfeel: Amazingly smooth and warm for such a full-bodied, viscous body… thick and filling. Fantastic sweet aftertaste-slash-coating lasts for long time.
Overall: Phenomenal. I need to go get more of these to save. [I did.]