Zymurgeist2 (824) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau in RC. Massive coffee and chocolate aroma, with overt vanilla and moderate booze. Opaque with a deep brown head that lingers throughout. Deep flavor of chocolate, roast and vanilla. Fantastically well rounded and the booze is mostly hidden.
Cybercat (2908) - Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, warm sable with a nice tan head. Aroma has firm notes of roast malt, coffee, cocoa and wood with a hint of rum. Yo ho ho! Flavor has rich charred wood, coffee, roast malt and rum notes with a hint of cocoa. Texture is smooth, firm, rather fizzy. A true Victory at Brewing!
BMMillsy (1092) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
HOB Gainesville on tap. Just says "barrel aged", so I will assume bourbon barrel. Poured in a Florida Beer snifter. Pours black with a super creamy mocha head. Smells of creamy vanilla and coffee. Flavor is bitter coffe up front, some burn from the bourbon, and a beautiful sweet creamy vanilla finish. Prickly carbonation goes well with the bitter coffee notes. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Overall I don’t know that the bourbon did much for this except give it more alcohol bite. Good beer though.
fletchfighters (995) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Ballast Point
A-- Black as heck with no head at all. Just a bit of film
S-- Bourbon, coffee,Vanilla and a lot of vanilla
T-- Sweet Vanilla. Really overpowering vanilla.
M-- Excellent carbonation and good mouth feel. More coffee and bourbon in the mouth as opposed to the taste.
D-- Good but not outstanding. Too much vanilla for me. Needed more to round it out. What I had was 10% ABV Was very alcoholic.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured on tap at Beachwood BBQ 1st Anniversary gathering. In the glass it’s jet black with a medium head. The aroma has some sweet alcohol and cough syrup. The first thing I notice with the taste is a roasted fruit which is very pungent. There is alcohol and vanilla to follow. The wood from the barrels comes on the finish which is very long. Great beer.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft in a snifter at Capone’s during PBW 2011. Pours hazy jet black with tan head. Nose was heavy black patent and chocolate malts, cacao, molasses, walnut, oaky, spirity bourbon, vanilla. Tasted rich, a bit hot, with a large malt bill, cacao, a pronounced oaky bourbon element, some spirits, vanilla, and a level of hops in the backend. Good complexity.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with tan foam. Nice bourbon, vanilla bean, coffee, dark roast aromas. smooth medium body. Vanilla, medium roast coffee, whiskey, roasty flavors--very tasty barrel brew
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at our second BP stop of the day! Dark pour, tan head. All the aromas of the regular VaS are noticeable, but they take a bit of a back seat to the barrel notes. Nice fudgy, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee...rich and delicious.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On nitro at Toronado. Black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon chocolate bourbon vanilla bourbon and coffee aroma and taste. Excellent.
peteinSD (1232) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Frothy expresso tan head on black beer. Aroma is heavy bourbon, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and roast. Taste is dominated by heavy, semi-harsh bourbon followed by roasted chocolate malt, bitter coffee, vanilla, coconut, and some noticeable alcohol heat through the finish. Smooth and almost creamy feel in the mouth. Bit heavy handed but very good.