after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. thanks alwx! cork shot like a rocket to the ceiling after a couple twists of the bale. bourbon, vanilla, and stale cocoa on the nose. fizzy, creamy medium body. cocoa, bourbon, vodka, twang, and vanilla on the mid palate. long hot boozy finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3228) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 7. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, oak/wood. Flavor of lots of oak, roasted malt, and a touch of bourbon. A mellow beer, more oaky than bourbon although a little does show through. Not as complex as I would prefer, but still quite tasty.
thirdeye11 (5339) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle thanks to thickfreakness) Pours near black with great lasting head. Nose of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted bbq, with a medium body and slightly watery finish.
mar (4468) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pretty sure this was a batch 4 thanks to thickfreakness. pitch black pour with a cream head. nose is deep roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. very smooth on the palate with flavors of vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate and light fudge. no hint of alcohol at all either.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur’s generosity and my luck on the trade forum -- THANKS! Pours roasted black with a fluffy brown head. Smells and tastes of hops, dates, vanilla, and cream. The bitter and sweet notes compliment each other quite well. Nice.
Foxbush (1145) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2010 Batch #8. This is absolutely a wonderful experience. The stout poured a dark black with a brown frothy head. The stout aged in bourbon barrels is great combination. The aroma of bourbon is smooth and very inviting. There are flavors of raisens and chocolate. It is medium body beer with a very smooth finish. The bottle is not big enough. Batch #5 was 10% ABV so I assume that #8 is close to that. It is definitely a sipping beer. This is highest I rated a beer in along while. It is worth it in my opinion.
bubbleflubber (1638) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Newer batch 6 here. B’day gift from my mom. Pours black into the glass, opaque, with a HUGE brown stiff ice cream head, with lovely retention that leaves sticky, chunky lace. The nose is vinous with a nice splash of Kentucky bourbon. Flavors hit hard with a booziness. There are roasted grains, bourbon, bitter chocolate, bourbon, fusel oils, bourbon, a twinge of diacetyl toward the finish, and more bourbon. This one is definitely getting its point across, maybe overselling it just a shade. Integrations fight hard to be complementary, as each facet of the brew is so "in your face", almost competing with one another for your attention. Unfortunately, it knocks the offering out of balance a bit. I did appreciate the aftereffects of semi java notes, mixed with a medium bitter finish. Not bad, and great for a nightcap, but just out of whack. Thick and chewy, this palate grabber is working a little too much overtime.
tobias (188) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
corked 750 ml bottle purchased from brewery: Pour is black with a lively light brown head. Beer seems to be over carbonated. Aroma is pretty heavy of bourbon, oak and vanilla, with slight roasted notes coming through. Was this beer made in Belgium. It has a very lively mouth feel that one seems to find in Belgian style beers. I feels this takes away from this beer. The flavor is pretty strong of bourbon barrel flavor. I like bourbon, but the beer is a little out of balance. There are some nice milk chocolatey flavors that fade to a more roasted coffee like bourbon finish.
kramer (4368) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle. Black pour with a large tight bubbled brown head that fell to a thin ring quickly. Very oaky nose with lots of roast, vanilla, bourbon, and light alcohol. Smells pretty well balanced between the barrel and the beer. The flavor is very oaky with lots of charred wood and somehow it’s not overly bourbon dominated. Very burnt and roasty with vanilla, cocoa, and pretty moderate alcohol for such a big ABV. At first I really dug the oak but the more I drank the more the tannic and oaky flavors just took over and got a little tiring. Medium bodied and fairly dry with a bit of thinning coming from the heavy alcohol. A decent brew, but I could maybe go for little less barrel time for this.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled shared with Hophead22 and Joe from Hangar 24.. Pours black with a light brown head.. Aroma is slightly sweet with some roasted malts.. Flavor was basically the same as the aroma.