Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
We crack the cage and yank the stubborn cork for a brew of the darkest cola brown. The coloring lets a bit of light around the edges, but shows no real haze to the clarity. It holds a one finger head of soft, creamy light brown bubbles. This leaves spots and wisps of lacing as it recedes at a medium pace. Carbonation appears active. The aroma is hot with boozy bourbon from the start, but warmth gives way to the hearty malt background of toffees, caramels, and roasted chocolate. The oak in and of itself is warming, adding depth, along with strawberry licorice, black cherry syrupiness, white sugar chalkiness, lactic tartness, and cooling vanilla cake batter. Our first impression is that the flavoring is very sweet, but with an initial puckering bitterness of oak and booziness. As we sip, fusel booze, tootsie roll sugars, charred chocolate malts, toffee sweetness, and soured oak start things off. The peak comes with more heavy booze, thick and musky woody dryness, and syrupy sugars of dark cherry. The finish is very drying, with an even more enhanced punch to the barreling that really overpowers the deep roasty maltiness, and makes way for the bright sweetness of cherry and apple fruitiness, and cooked caramel sugars. The final notes to leave the palate are black pepper spice of booze, mild but genuine bourbon flavoring, cola syrups, light diacetyls, and echoes of that dark fruitiness. The aftertaste flames of bourbon, chalky chocolate malts, juicy yeast, raw fig, massively dry woodiness, raw coffee malts, and thorough metallics. The body is full, and the carbonation is solidly medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with great softness on the front of the sip. The mouth is initially coated through the swallow, but dries to a bone almost instantly thereafter, with fiery prickle and coolness as the residual alcohol evaporates off. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips rather easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the feel of it. The big sugariness gave stickiness around the mouth, while the fullness of body helped give nice pop and glug on the sip. This all coupled with soft creaminess, helping them to execute a highly desirable mouthfeel. The other components, however, were disappointing. The aroma felt cheap and overly sweet, while the flavoring was lopsided with sugars of its own, and all the drying characteristics of wood without much of its inherent warmth of flavoring. This is a decent effort, but without a solid base beer it is hard to build complexity.
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Alphadelic (1827) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best Before Dec ’15 - Dark molasses caramel, vanilla and bourbon on the nose. A burst of bourbon is quickly overwhelmed my brown sugar, chocolate & roasty malts and a remarkable smooth finish. The barrel makes another appearance with a mild heat that rests on the tongue. I am very intrigued by the delicious toffee sweetness this beer posseses. There is a rough feeling it leaves on the tip of my tongue that detracts slightly from its delicious silky texture.
dnstone (2269) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a black in color with a tan head. Quite tastey, but lighter on the bourbon barrel qualities.
Notes: GABF ’13
c_lee_burton (151) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a black with a bubbly tan head. Immediately smell coffee and bourbon. You get bourbon booze, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A little more boozy than smooth. Bubbly carbonation on the palate. It’s very good and would mellow with age.
gunnfryd (11581) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is coffee, malt, licorice, hop, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Full body. Very nice beer. KRS 080814.
mnoud (288) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015.01.03 - Blue Mountain Dark Hollow - 375ml cork and cage bottle in snifter.
Aroma (7/10) is exactly as expected. Roasted barley, stout.
Appearance (4/5) as expected as well, inky dark brown. Active head dissipates to outer ring and slick.
Taste (7/10) is pretty good. Not as complex as something like Bourbon County Stout. This has more of a positive sweetness (as opposed to complex vanilla, etc). This also has a bit more of a tannin bite at the end. More wood than the vanilla characteristics of the wood. Still, quite enjoyable. Not in the same league as BCS but enjoyable in its own right.
Palate (3/5) a bit thin and slick, not thick and creamy.
Overall (14/20) Not bad. A bit tart, a bit heavy on the tannin / wood and the bourbon itself. Solid effort, though.
blackflag321 (539) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bomber, snifter. Smooth and mild palate for a bourbon stout. I found that interesting, but I didn’t pick up the complexity described by others.
Chalsk (1088) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 On the Sixth Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me . . . a beer that has been well hidden. What a solid barrel aged stout. Pours a thick luscious black with a tan foam head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and earthiness. Perhaps some vanilla and dark fruit underneath. Nice thick frothy, chocolate shake like start with a perfect hop hit and whiskey spice on the backend. Very enjoyable.
jbruner (2699) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin wisp of tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is roast with hints of chocolate and vanilla behind. Taste is more roast and soy backing up the great barrel notes. Bittersweet finish with nice thick mouth, lasting barrel notes, pretty darn good.
Dr_Fellini (673) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy medium brown head. Aroma is light roasted malts, hint of vanilla. Flavor has a slight burnt roasted malts, extremely faint bourbon/vanilla character. Medium to heavy body with a lingering burnt roasted malts a light bourbon background. Decent imperial stout, but wish the bourbon barrel was a bit more up front.
SpringsLicker (3192) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with tan head.
The aroma carries cocoa, vanilla, roast malts and a sweet fruitiness similar to chocolate covered cherries.
The flavor is well balanced between the sweetness and the roast. No hops here. The bourbon also isn’t pronounced enough to be picked out.