BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Lost Dog Cafe. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and oak with chocolate and roast malt and raisin esters. Flavor is malt dominant with bourbon, vanilla and oak, dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
rzymol (13) - - DEC 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours perfectly dark, a beautiful head of foam with reddish, kind of caffe latte notes. Very good appearance. Aroma is not intense but very enjoyable and fresh with coffee and toffee notes. Extremely well-balanced and smooth taste build of fresh coffee, creamy vanilla, brown sugar and indeed, a bourbon feeling! A sweet tone is well countered with a bittereness. Leaves a very pleasant sweet aftertaste, sort of coffee-style. This beer is extremely drinkable, I actually could start my day with a glass of this one!
kerenmk (2564) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks Tom L. black with tan head. Chocolate milk sweetness with some caramel and sugar in the nose, sweet, creamy and a little chocolatey taste. Soft, almost no carbonation, full-bodied. Good.
ThirstyBird (1699) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Mike for saving me a taste! Pours very dark brown/black with a rich, tan head that falls to a ring. The smell is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses. The taste is coffee, brown sugar, bourbon, molasses ending dry. The body is medium with fine carbonation.
mtdewa1 (350) - rome, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla and some alcohol. Smooth overall. Very good. A bit thin.
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Malty aroma with a bit of vanilla. String vanilla and malt flavor with smoky notes and a bit of bourbon in the finish. Excellent stout.
Beerhammaren (1162) - FINLAND - DEC 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
.75l bottle @Vihreä Haltiatar
Pours deep dark brown with low tan head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, dark malts, alcohol notes and dark chocolate. Flavor is dark malts, coffee, bourbon, dark fruits and syrup and bread. A bit flat palate somehow.
JHeath99 (1117) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a deep dark black with a layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of malts, bourbon, and a little hint of chocolate.
AKORN (181) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in color with a thick black head. Bourbon, butterscotch, smokey, black liquorice aroma. Bourbon, wild turkey, butterscotch ale, char, chocolate and mild malt taste. Low carbonation. Great beer
Crit (3393) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with small tan head.Complex nose of whiskey,malt & oak.More of same in palate plus licorice notes. Big long bitter finish, low carbonation> This is a well made beer, but not a style I care for
Frank (3015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Normally, lower gravity spirit barrel aged beers are pretty much garbage but I think Anderson Valley did a really great job w/ this one. It maybe tastes more like a bourbon cocktail or some sort than it does a regular beer but it does at least taste good w/o being harshly acloholic, over-sweet or old and cardboardy tasting, thus making it better than nearly all of the top rated spirit barrel stouts on RateBeer. It is a nice looking beer too, deep brown w/ a fine-bubbled and long-lasting off-white head. It smells like vanilla, cherry and coffee and tastes about the same. This is nice and dry and every bit as drinkable as any old stout you might find on the shelf--and actually quite a lot more drinkable than most--but it has a deep, rich bourbon barrel character. While that character may dominate just a bit, it does not completely overwhelm the base stout, which adds nice fresh roast coffee notes and a bit of chocolate to compliment it. I honestly started in writing a negative review of this stuff just not expecting much giving my past experiences w/ similar beers but this is really impressive and well done. If you want to be smacked over the head w/ booze and sweetness, you may wish to scroll past this one. If you want an interesting and full flavored barrel aged beer w/o having to split one bottle between twenty of your best beer bros, this should hit the spot.