ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to OSCF for the bottle! I hope this clears up the discrepancy. Dark pour with a thick chestnut colored head. Big wood and bourbon aroma. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, caramel, and light cream. I little cloying on the finish, but still a very solid beer. I think the barrel took a little away from the base beer
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My notes say bottle shared by OSCF, but Ethan and Bob say it was ucusty. Whatever, thanks dudes. This is a beer that definitely makes sense to age in barrels, with the grainy sweetness and slight char of the related beer. Thick dark brown pour, with a slight cocoa head. The bourbon and wood are strong in the nose, backed gently by chocolate malts and sweet toffee. the mouthfeel was somewhat on the thin side, which definitely compromised things to me. Some bitterness creeps in towards the finish, but overall it’s more one-dimensional than you’d like for this kind of beer.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ucusty. Pours near black with decent light tan head. Nose shows strong vanilla from the barrel. Also bourbon with coffee, chocolate, and wood notes. A bit sweet. Light palate. Not bad.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2011 Bottle. Labeled 1737 of 2009. Pours jet black with a short brown head. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is light tobacco, molasses, big vanilla, bourbon, oak, and light coffee. Some dark fruit in spots as well. Body is thick and chewy with light warmth and soft, creamy carbonation. Ends with more big vanilla notes, molasses, chocolate, caramel, oak, roasted malt and bourbon. Very tasty stuff and if I hadn’t tried the Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale at the brewery the other day, I’d say this is their best beer!
emacgee (3871) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks ucusty for sharing. Pours a dark brown allowing some light. head is one finger and tan. The nose is leathery, vanilla, some pipe tobacco, bourbon, woody. Flavor is tobacco, mild astringency, grainy bite some coffee/bakers chocolate. Palate is somewhat astringent.
radagast83 (4126) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. #1404 out of 2009. This beer was pretty good. Poured a pitch black, with a dark brown medium head. Aroma is bourbon, sweet, roasted, with hints of chocolate and both regular and brown sugar. The flavor is pretty heavy on the bourbon alcohol, with creamy, chocolates, with roasted malts, and a strong caramel taste.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Ben for bringing this bottle down from VA, labeled #1361, poured into a snifter.
Pours almost completely black in the glass with light showing through just slightly around the edges underneath a one-inch creamy tan head that recedes slowly to a soapy cover.
The aroma is very sweet with lots of sweet dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. There are plenty of dark roasted malts which are well balanced with a very subtle bourbon aroma, not overpowering thankfully. Excellent aroma actually.
The taste is sweet as well with an initial brown sugar and chocolate presence. The bourbon is much more present in the taste, especially in the finish. The chocolate in the taste is a little more bitter, more like a bakers chocolate and there’s a bit more oak as well.
The mouthfeel is smooth and slick on the palate with plenty of carbonation. It’s pretty full bodied.
I’ve had very little experience with Williamsburg, but this is a great beer. I personally like the less obtrusive bourbon presence and it lends to a higher drinkability. For those who like a sweeter stout/porter, this one is highly recommended.
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #1492 of 2009. Cost was $7.29 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours black with a soft inch of brown head. Milk chocolate, chocolate milk, and dark chocolates in the nose. Sweet chocotae at tip of tongue followed by an alcoholic bitterness.
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml no 1257/2009
Appearance: dark brown with touch of black , tanned light top.3+
Nose: dark malts , malty with barrel nose. Fairly clean smooth top. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Full bodied. Very smooth , clean bit oily. Top of dry alcohol. It felt stronger than listed 9%. Malts with light feel of barrel treatment. Bitter at finish. Smooth warming sipper.f-7+
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Radek’s bottle shared. A good porter, 2009 edition. A tad of smoke, clear bourbon, some coconut, some cocoa. Middling mouthfeel, a llittle creamy. Bubbly head on dark body, spidery lace.