DesertDevil (502) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap during the Bellís Eccentric Cafe Day at the Hungry Monk. Big, boozy, bourbon nose with slight dark cherry, hint of oak, and some sour acidity. Pours a clear midnight black with a filmy tan head. Taste of sour cherries early with a very smooth woody finish. Slightly sour aftertaste is the only bourbon flavor despite the aroma. Tart, sticky mouthfeel with a smooth dry finish. Better than the keg of 2012 Black Note also on tap at the event, but not quite cohesive enough to be labeled a canít-miss barrel-aged stout.
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you like the batch 9000 Bourbon from bells, youíll love this too. The cherry cuts a bit of the Bourbon flavor, but itís awesome
hardypc (39) - - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An interesting selection that proved that beers can take you on a wild and wonderful journey of taste in ways that you may have never thought of before. A subtle hint of cherry in this dark stout is sure to please the pallate.
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured black with a nice tan head. Aroma and flavor were mildly tart cherry (more restrained than I thought itíd be), some chocolate, molasses, lots of sweet malt. Barrel aging adds lots of bourbon, some vanilla, a mild woodiness. Thick mouthfeel. Glad I got to try this.
Mittenator (1284) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 On tap at crunchyís in east Lansing. I am not a huge fan of the original cherry stout. However, the BB fixes everything I donít like about the original. The bourbon and vanilla tone down the super tart cherry flavor and sweeten up the malt. Delicious.
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at beer fest. The BBL cuts down on the overpowering cherry but still not quite enough for my taste. NIce but nothing I need to chase after.
artmcd8 (1575) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of bourbon. Very little cherry but its there. Taste is good but a tad sweet. Glad I tried it.
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drfabulous (3919) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Beer Trappe. Bourbon and cherry. The previous cherry is slightly muted but stands out in a bit of tart and fruit. Nice overall.
DrSilverworm (6302) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Jungle Jimís Barrel Aged Tasting, on tap. Awesome vanilla and chocolate syrup aroma. Dark but still clear color. Nearly no head, but few dots of lace. Big bitter taste, pretty tart also. Bigger body, dry texture, light carbonation, little bite. Light / moderate cherry, some chocolate. Little bourbon boozy finish. Solid, tasty, bourbon barrel ale.
OmegaX (1249) - Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn was this good. Aroma was tart cherry, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and sex. Poured super black with some tan lacing. The tartness from the cherries is not lost at all with the chocolate and bourbon notes. Very well balanced with just the right amount of fruity esters and barrel aged qualities. Awesome brew.