Iphonephan (3047) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toasted malt with a hint of bourbon. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes. Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Smooth finish.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with a beige head. Aromas of moderate roast, chocolate, vanilla, weak bourbon and a hint of barrel. Moderately sweet with flavors of moderate roast, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, mild bourbon, light oak and a hint of dark fruits. Similar finish. A little too thin and sweet while being light on the bourbon notes, but still fairly tasty.
JohnGalt1 (453) - , Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 picked up tonight at the COOP for a pricey $8ish... poured into my slim tulip produces a black brew with no light escaping even on the stem end of my glass... the head is dark brown and dies back quickly but still leaves nice sheets of lace.
Light roasty notes... a bit of raisin combines with light vanilla/whiskey notes. Really I was expecting more... more stout qualities... more whiskey qualities... really light across the board.
Flavors are again pretty light.. a deep raisin element moves mid palate to the finish.. whiskey notes are light.... this is a decent porter, but not a stout IMO.
The body is medium with a creamy effervescent carbonation.
Okay at best... I had super high hopes for this one. I will not buy again.
kidmartinek (3545) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one is a deep brown ale with a very frothy tan head. The bourbon barrel aging is clean, mild and evident in the nose. The lacing is heavy amd light brown. It tastes like mellow oaky vanilla and milk chocolate ale bit the dominant flavor is a good but mellow whiskey. There’s no bite. The nose develoos more milk chocolate aromas as the beer ages. Very smooth, flavorful beer with abundant character.
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a dark brown with a thin brown head that goes away quickly, and no lacing.
smell is of malt, some cocoa, bourbon, and a little vanilla.
taste is of malt, bourbon, some cocoa, and a tad amount of vanilla. ends a little on the watery side.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle - Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a tall crown of tan-hued foam, receding at a steady clip, leaving little flecks of lace on the descent.
Smell: Sweet-scented bourbon notes dovetailed into the Barney Flats scent, with its touches of mild-blend coffee and chocolate-dipped oatmeal cookies.
Taste: Their BFOS presented a steady, sweet maltiness, with semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and a smooth, creaminess from the oats and light dark fruitiness. Adding in the smooth vanilla, brown sugar, coconut, oak elements from bourbon barrels is just gravy. Smooth, sweet-sided finish with lingering aforementioned bourbony accents.
Mouthfeel: Medium, though nicely textured and wholly drinkable with decent amounts of carbonation.
Overall: It’s a good bourbon barrel-aged beer. For the bourbon barrel-aged beer lover in us all.
chinchill (1700) - South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the USNWWC in NC.
Appearance: dark mahogany, but opaque black in the glass. Small head with great retention.
Nice fruity aroma is sweet, with an obvious but not quite overpowering bourbon aroma. Has hints of caramel and coconut. The bourbon comes to the fore in tasting too, leaving this brew a bit imbalanced even though the dark roasted malt flavor does come through. Hints of caramel and brown sugar, a tough of spicy hops. Bourbon and a hint of coffee linger on and on in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium body up front, though it thins out some before finishing a bit dry. Good medium carbonation.
Overall: Should not be served cold. Drinks bigger than 6.9%. Has a bit too much bourbon barrel influence.
Countbeer (4311) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quickly disappearing medium sized creamy foamy head on top of a brown to black colored beer.
Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, cream, light caramel, light chocolate and a herbal sprinkle.
Flavours of vanilla, cream, watery, roast, bitter and some wood.
Aftertaste is a mix of vanilla, cream and light herbal spicy hints.
Low carbo, soft watery mouthfeel, medium bodied and a watery texture.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #90. Solid black pour with a light brown head. Sweet boozy aroma, chocolate and whiskey. Mild sweetness on the tongue, more whiskey and booze in the aftertaste, personally I like the booze, good stuff. (2700)
michaelinwa (583) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, nice lacy brown head. Aroma is somewhat light for a BA stout, but nice enough with roasted malt and hints of dried fruit and a trace of bourbon. The light aroma is a hint of what’s to come, mainly a light BA stout, which to me is not a good thing. Flavor is relatively sweet, almost cola-like, with a bit of roasted malt, and not a hell of a lot more. Why to do brewers BA, and then take a safe approach that leads to a mediocre beer? Oh well, it was worth a try, except that at $10 per bottle, ultimately not really worth a try. Once is enough.