coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bells on All Stouts Day. Aroma has a hazy distant smell of bourbon but is lost in the flavor. This is one of the reasons barrel aging isn’t for all beers. It just muddies up an otherwise good stout.
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap sample. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and sweet woody bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted malt and bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Standout brew that exceeded my expectations.
JDBaker11058 (1204) - Maryland, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: black, with a nice creamy mocha head; hint of residual lacing. Aroma: dark roasted malts, and definite notes of black licorice, oak, bourbon, chocolate pudding. Taste: espresso, dark chocolate, light note of unsweet black licorice, vanilla, cream, light pine, wet wood and whiskey. Finish: lingering roasty dark malts, vanilla, and booze. Notes: 4 oz draft at NoVA Brewfest 2014. Absolutely glorious. Maybe I got the best of the batch? It was great.
swoopjones (5595) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo. great base beer but wasnt impressed with this. light to medium bodied. roasty, some bourbon, some slightly off notes. winey like. expected more
charule (953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bells. Poured black with thick tan head. Aroma of spicy bourbon slight fruit. Light carb and poor mouthfeel. Light char and roast decent bourbon.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Snifter at Bell’s on 5/18/14. Very excited for this one, as Kalamazoo is one of my absolute favorite straight up stouts. That excitement quickly led to disappointment. Black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, licorice, a big apple and vinous fruit character (acetaldehyde) and chocolate. Flavor is overwhelmingly acetaldehyde with some noticeable bourbon, chocolate and roast on the aftertaste. Surprising a brewery that I consider to be one of the absolute best in quality would serve such an obviously flawed offering to the public.
BVery (5924) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Nice dark pour with a clingy beige head. Nose is a bit plasticy. Wood and vanilla come out in the taste. Not bad, but not an upgrade from the original.
koleminer20 (535) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Eccentric Café. The pour is a mild black with some ruby notes around the edges and a bit of the body is transparent. The aroma is... Something else. Earthy woods and booze. You have to fight to get some stout characters and they're light. Roast and cocoa mostly. The flavor. Whoa boy. I think they dropped a slat of barrel into my glass, and I'm chewing on it. The booze is just dominating. The woody presence is just out there. The mouth feel is thin and light with no carbonation to help out. The aftertaste is just woody and boozy. Not a fan. Further proof that any beer does NOT get better with barrel aging.
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alliance100 (580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Big Bobs Pizza - pours black with thin tan head . Mild bourbon aromas , with a hint of oak . Taste is lighter stout , some vanilla . Sessionable and good .
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nimbleprop (4531) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6oz pour at Smoke and Barrel. Pours an inky black with some spitty tan head. Smells like nail polish and booze, some cherry, some Kool aid. Flavors of nail polish, raisin, soap, molasses, windex, booze. Base beer is gone. Oily finish.
Corrinado711 (78) - - MAY 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma sweet plum, light malt. Pours like a kalamazoo stout. Taste of dry sweet fruit, light roasted malt and heavy bourbon from aging.