flatmatt (1198) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hopcat Ann Arbor. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aromas of bourbon, molasses, spirits in general, cocoa powder. Bourbon, spirit alcohol flavor with roasty coffee and cocoa. Quite nice.
smroush (83) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark bown, pretty much black actually, in color.
The aroma is really dominated by the bourbon barrel flavors. There are some bread and toffee flavors from either the bourbon barrel or the malt. Though this is billed as a black IPA, I found the hop flavors very subdued.
The alcohol is pretty heavy; the body full; the sweetness moderate. The finish is long and dominated by the bourbon flavors.
What I liked about this beer: the bourbon flavors add some real interest to this beer.
What I donít like: the bourbon flavors almost totally dominate this beer, so much so that both the hops and malt are quite subdued into the background. Frankly I think the beer is too lightweight for the bourbon barrel aging.
umich03jm (2402) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Hopcat Ann Arbor. Black pour with a small foamy head that fades to a messy film and leaves tons of webbing. Aroma is mostly just straight up bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Hints of roast and chocolate come through. Taste is the same. Loads of bourbon but itís still smooth. Hints of roast and pine. Not bad but it comes off like a thin BB stout thatís a bit boring.
Mittenator (1494) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Reno's east. Bourbon barrel helped the aroma and mouthfeel of the b craft but muddied everything else. Rare occasion where I like the non BB version better. Less hoppy and more malty but super hot.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Renoís East, East Lansing. Deep opaque brown/black body, thin creamy tight head. Inky, strong chocolatey nose with big booze and oak in addition to big juicy citrusy, piny hops. The body starts with big boozy oak, settling into sweet, juicy hops notes of citrus and pine. Lots of burnt sugars. The oak is a tad harsh, and the base black IPA is muddled by the barrel heat.
blackflag321 (544) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. I liked the B-Craft this is based on; I enjoyed this variation on it even more. Nice hints of oak, bourbon, coffee, hops and bitterness. Big taste, but not boozy.
574deadzone (1136) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 7 Monks in TC, and what a nice surprise! Very black pour with a thick khaki ring of bubbles. Nose is a blast of bourbon over sweet malt. Very sweet flavor. Nice and big on the palate, sticky, oily, and delicious. The bourbon really works with the base beer, as B-Craft is quite malty as a black IPA to begin with. The bourbon just fleshes out the flavor and gives it a nice sweet alcohol kick that I dig. Good stuff for sure.
bwa5879 (772) - Portage, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black brown/black pour. Thin layer of offwhite foam quickly disappeared. Lots of lacing. Faint malt and butterscotch scent. A lot smoother and less hoppy than regular b-craft. Roasted and malty flavor, with a finish that's a bit dry and scotch-y but artificial.
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Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bourbon and vanilla, but a bit hot. Moderately-bitter finish. Touch of oak. Really creamy body and low carbonation.
wmubronco1992 (653) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Arcadia taproom. Pours black. Light tan head. Below average lacing. Aroma of roasty coffee. Flavor of roasty bittter. Mouthfeel is the same with a bourbon feel. Good beer, but even though I didnít try this side by side with B-Craft, based on memory Iíd take the B-Craft if only because it gives much of the same feel at a lower alcohol content.