BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, prunes, dates, light chocolate and roast malt, earthy hops and faint licorice notes. Flavor is malt dominant, roast and chocolate, with dark fruity esters of prunes, plums, and raisins, vanilla and bourbon with a lightly sweet finish. Full body and medium-light carbonation.
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful example of a stout aged in barrels. Complexity level added with the bourbon overtones. Very noticeable but not overwhelming. Stout characteristics still come through.
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BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, at 10%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, woody/roasted and slightly spicy/salty, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!
dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My review might be skewed by the cigar Iím enjoying... Just FYI. I feel like they are going for Dragonís Milk with this, and as New Hollandís "crown jewel" is the gold standard, this brew comes up a little short. The aroma is good, the look is good, but the taste/palate just donít quite deliver. Donít get me wrong, its smooth and delicious. Not too many coffee flavors, lots of cream from the oak. Its just missing something and that something is probably the panache of the new holland brand...
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at The Pony Bar UES, NYC. Pours clear, rich brown with a fine, light tan cream head. Nose holds lots of rich brown bread and milk chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary chocolate, light roast, very faint earth, brown sugar, light toffee, toasty malts and very light alcohol. Full bodied with average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Very mellow warmth on the finish with lots of dark sugars, dark bread, milk chocolate, caramel, faint vanilla and mild bitter earth. Not bad.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong bourbon aroma which I love. I think it is lacking in body a little and the bourbon flavor hides the maltiness. Pours with a short-lived but beautiful head.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle - pours jet black with big, huge tan leather head, beautiful lacing, fully lasting. Light aromas of chocolate and malt, very slight. Taste is more alive, though, with wonderful dried fruits, chocolate, maple, vanilla, finishing with easy oaky bourbon flavors, log finish that keeps giving, touch of bittering dryness at the end. No hotness to speak of at 10%, smooth as silk palate, warming as it goes down. Really good.
Nickls (1887) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Nice lasting creamy khaki head with curtainy lacing, nearly black but clearly mahogany body. Bourbon really overcomes most aspects at first in the aroma, some vanilla, savory soy notes as well...missing the stout in the aroma but not badly. Base beer comes in more for the flavor, bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toast, soy and and savory finish. No sweetness to be found. Medium to heavier soft body.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a lighter brown head. Pretty thin head to the beer. Smells of chocolate and some bourbon! Little bits of alcohol in the taste but not much at all. Nice chocolately finish with some caramel flavors mixed in. Pretty tasty beer.
Niko100 (2066) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, vanilla, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and some dark fruit; Nicely balanced; Overall, a little thin - but enjoyable.