petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I can see how some would say this beer has way too much bourbon and isnít balanced at all. That person would call this a hot mess. Well, I guess thatís just what I like. An in your face Bourbon stout that doesnít pull any punches. wow!!!!!!!!
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong bourbon flavor overwhelms the backbone of this imperial stout. Not to say thats a bad thing, but a run of the mill well executed IBBS. Not one of their better beers, but not too bad, slightly more enjoyable than the unbarreled version
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap in a snifter at Hop Devilís "Daze of the Devil" fest, 1/19/08
A: Pours a color midway between mahogany and burnt siena, with a moderate 1-finger dark cream-colored head.
S: Woah, did I singe my nostrils? I wasnít expecting that, like putting my face in a vat of Makerís Mark. Vanilla cuts a wide swath through the oaky bourbon character, is joined by a slight not of dark chocolate, but even combined are not enough to mask the obvious alcohol presence.
T/M: Huge whiskey nose, just like the aroma warned. And unlike other big BA stouts, doesnít go away. Ever. In fact, itís a bit much (and I love this style, see: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout for an example of brewing perfection). The oakiness imparts some dryness to the finish, and vanilla is surely present, but I found the constant, ever-present bourbon led to an almost sour cherry flavoring that wasnít entirely enjoyable. Syrupy, as might be expected.
D: Due to the overbearing bourbon character, I wouldnít consider this terribly drinkable. I would try again, as I do love the style, but its surely been done better before.
tendermorsel (1) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate molasses and coffee boozy nose thin mouthfeel easy drinking delicious brown thin head