I used 4oz of oak chips,& 5 jiggers (about 7.5oz) of Beam's Black in a sealed container in the fridge while fermenting the dark ale I made to use it in. Poured the chips/bourbon mixture through a hop sack,tied it off,& dropped it in. Racked the dark ale on top of it. I let it sit for 8 days,& it was strong already. I bottled it on 7/2/11,& it took 9 weeks,& 6 days to condition. Then 2 weeks in the fridge for good head & carbonation.
Not to mention,getting the malt & hops to shine through again.
Everything works if ya let it-Roady(meatloaf)