stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark root beer color with little to no head. Nose of caramel vanilla, banana and bourbon. Light body, with heavy booze dry flavor. Bourbon notes and oak really come through on the finish.
tmoreau (3421) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served showing a deepest mahogany, almost black hue, with a presentable layer of brownish, reddish, tan head foam that reduced expeditiously to a more lasting ring & film, and left spots & strands of lacing on the glass. The nose was chocolate, dark fruit as prune, sweetness, caramel, treacle, and barrel induced vanilla. Full bodied, with low carbonation, the taste started dry, yet sweet, with similar notes as the aroma, plus an added, dark fruit note as concord grape, with smooth, lingering booze and warmth. Slowly savored and wasn’t disappointed.
raoul_duke (236) - - AUG 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at jerry?s. Midnight black with a puffy white head. Raisin and toffee on the nose, some chocolate. Weird sweetness on the front, with lots of bourbon and vanilla. The back is really engaging, quite enjoyable. The front is just too hot for my palate.
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour on tap at Crunchy’s, hazy dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of nice dark chocolate, dark fruit, rum soaked raisin, plum, oak, vanilla, nice bourbon as well. Taste was a mix of oak, bourbon, vanilla, slight dark fruit, toffee into some molasses, touch of spice, finishing slightly sweet.
kaser (5113) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fig, raisin and cocoa. Black pour with thin ring of white head. Prune juice flavor. Boozy. Whiskey and Carmel notes. Massive flavor. Makes ya shake your head. Had this as part of a draft flight at Jerrys in Andersonville.
Petkus331 (386) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at arcadia. Very barrel vanilla, caramel, and toffee aroma with a touch of cocoa - wow! Appears like coffee, very thin ring of foam. Tastes like toffee-vanilla, followed by some alchohol burn, almost like a bold Founders CBS, very good. Fizzy, a little syrupy texture. Overall, great.
firstsip (720) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at brewery. Pitch. Nice little bit of lingering head. Nose is straight up bourbon barrel. Tastes of decadent fudge, dark chocolate, mild raisin. I normally don’t like barley wines, but this... this is something.
ryanfolty (2323) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 17, 2015 - 2012 bottle via trade. Brown pour with limited bubbly head. Aroma was malt, caramel, bourbon and dark fruit. Taste was consistent with aroma and balanced, but just not a high quality bourbon flavor.
GTAEgeek (1750) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Ale Alpharetta, brought by Drew. Cloudy, reddish brown, with a thin head. Big nose of vanilla and bourbon, butterscotch, pine, caramel, and oats. Very sweet, with a nice touch of bitterness. Heavy body, harsh, sticky, and thick. Nice, heavy, and incredibly flavorful beer.
Cybercat (4637) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque chocolate brown with a thin buff head. Aroma has caramel and - surprise! - bourbon-soaked wood notes. Flavor has a fierce alcohol bite that nevertheless lets through arty, caramel, and bourbon tones. Watch out, this is for the bold and the brave ONLY! Viscous texture has some good fizz. A killer!
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from a trade some time ago, has red wax on it that took forever to chip off, not sure what year it is, pours a dark murky brown with practically no head at all, not really pleasant looking, aroma is of pretty much straight bourbon and oak with nothing much else, maybe a little bit of dark fruit and malt, but geez, boozy, the flavor has a huge bourbon and oak front end with a finish of malt and caramel, sweet but more hot and boozy than anything, thick mouthfeel, split this 12oz bottle and it was still a chore to finish, meh.