UnionBeerCzar (80) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle to CBS snifter. Fairly opaque brown as I watch it slide out of the bottle yet it settles much darker with a smidgen of the aforementioned opaqueness creeping on the perimeter, yes folks this was once a porter. I had a few of these fresh out of the gate and thought they were hot and overly bourbon-ey (I did not rate at the time). Quarter inch off-brown head that dissipates quickly but never entirely disappears, smells of vanilla bean, whiskey, wood, and mocha. Taste is sweet and bourbon, medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, finish is long coffee. This is much better than the younger ones I have drank, I can see this possibly even getting better, however very nice right now. The heat has really dropped off, the bourbon is still in the forefront yet it seems like its on a journey to integrate with its friends. This is a nice winter sipper look forward to re-rating this a few winters from now.
Errl (1595) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle..Pour is dark brown..Nose is chocolate, vanilla, graham. .Tatse is soft roast, fudge, chcolate, soft cocoa..
gendv138 (1331) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz red waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 9/16/13. Picked some up during RBSG 2014 at TWCP in Clayton, MO. Black with a finger of light tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, warm booze, subtle dark fruit. Tastes of big bourbon, dark fruit, oak. Medium body with a dry and warm finish. Low carbonation. So much bourbon/barrel and not enough supporting flavors to balance it out for me. A sipper for sure.
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"2012 me thinks. Like the stout, too expensive and too thin, though this one was a little more extreme. 12% abv comes through a little too much when the body isnít big. Still has the graham cracker barrel character, with some nice chocolate and vanilla notes, so itís tasty enough...but the beer canít stand up to the barrel."
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 6/16/14. Pours a dark clear chestnut color with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong bourbon, chocolate, raisin, wood, mild hops. The taste is bitter roast, chocolate, raisin, bourbon. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with w thin tan head. The nose is bourbon, vanilla, and roast. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, wood, and roasty chocolate. Semi-creamy body. Nice.
nsquishee (598) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of bourbon barrel, chocolate, and molasses. Similar flavors which are dominated by bourbon. Tastes super smooth and silky with a boozy, carbonated finish. Very nice beer.
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from 2011 red wax. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma and flavor had big bourbon notes, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, wood, boozy at times, big certainly, definitely worth trying.
Westchesterco (951) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a flight head. The aroma is Bourbon and the taste is strong boubon and has a wonderful finish. Yummy!
Iphonephan (3268) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of licorice. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate. Wow. Nice combination of flavors. Bitter finish.
djd07 (3584) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a dark amber with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, roast, oak. Medium mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, and nice roast finish. Very good.