TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by OSCF. Thanks Todd! Pours dark brown with some light carbonation. Nose is big bourbon, dark fruits, caramel, slight oxidation, and vanilla. Flavor is bourbon, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Palate shows some light astringency. Overall, this is a well balanced barrel aged brew which is not easily done.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this is what I like to smell. Bourbon, sweetness, vanilla, and wood. Excellent. Appearance is so so, thin layer of head over a very dark red liquid that appears black without much light. Taste is quite good as well with a great, pillowy mouthfeel. Bourbon isnít overdone. Sugar isnít overdone. A very underrated beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at lithyís Septemberfest. Pours very dark brown with thin beige head. The aroma is chocolate, smooth bourbon, vanilla, ash, and mild clovey alcohol. The flavor is milk chocolate, mild bourbon, vanilla, char, and slight charcoal in the finish. Simple, but pretty good.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma of malts, bourbon, coffee, wood, vanilla, chocolate notes. SImilar taste,
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Lithyís Septemberfest tasting. Pours a very dark near black with wispy brown head. Nose is fantastic breakfast: french toast with maple syrup and coffee. Flavor of sweet oaky chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Great Imp Porter. Great example of Barrel Aging. Great beer.
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 itís more one-dimensional than youíd 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 (5176) - 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 hadnít tried the Bourbon Barrel Amber Ale at the brewery the other day, Iíd say this is their best beer!
emacgee (3968) - 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.