Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from a random trade at Dark Lord Day. Pours a black body with a big, two finger-width, dense and foamy, dark brown head that collapses slowly and leaves a solid lacing throughout. Aroma is big on the grainy coffees with a good amount of wood, some chocolate, dark fruits, roasts with a light char, and vanilla-bourbon. Flavor is similar. Lots of grainy coffees, roasts, dark chocolate, and dry wood up front. Some vanilla-bourbon, dark fruits, burnt wood, and a milky chocolate sweetness as well. Finishes dry and oaky with a good amount of roasts, vanilla-bourbon, and a light chocolate sweetness that leaves a medium-light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and higher, lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barrel-aged stout. Has a nice, roasty and dry, woody bourbon flavor that remains well balanced with a pleasant chocolate sweetness. Not the most complex, but enjoyable.
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vintage Cellar. Pours pretty dark brown/black with a bubbly/foamy tan head. Aromas of oak char, chocolate and bourbon/vanilla. Near med body. The flavor is very oak and smoke - and burnt wood. There’s some vanilla and chocolate. A less than sturdy stout aged in oak. Still pretty good.
JediMindTricks (446) - Remington, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some roast, a little oak slight vanilla. Appearance- Opaque black with some creamy tan head. Flavor- Pretty dry perception due to roasthints of bittersweet chocolate and some oak. Can’t seem to detect much bourbon. Bitter finish with a slight papery after taste.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium tan head. Aroma of raisins, coconut, chocolate, bourbon, and caramel. Flavor of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, light wood, and raisins.
magsinva (901) - Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - aroma is a nutty chocolate. I pickup a little of the bourbon when it is closer to room temperature, but not when it’s cold. pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head. It feels a little disjointed, sometimes its bitter other sweet. Overall it’s drinkable.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle). Pousr near black with khaki head and small carbonation bubbles. Aroma has oak, chocolate, coffee, but I’m not getting much in the way of bourbon. Hmmm, brewed in Kentucky, but not much bourbon. Now, it smells fine, but it just doesn’t smell like a bourbon barreled stout. Taste is roasty bitterness that is balanced by some sweetness. Medium to full bodied with a slick texture. Dry finish. This is actually a very nice beer, but I just don’t get any bourbon. That its from Kentucky is what makes me shake my head.
LearninBeer (395) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is licorice, coffee. Pours dark brown with a big light brown head, slowly diminishing, excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture a little creamy the carbonation fizzy and the finish bitter and a touch astringent. I’m hoping some aging will improve this beer.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: blacks with a brown bubbly spritely head which pops and dissipates quickly. Thin bubbly collar which, when swirled, lingers with creamy crema hues.
Nose: bourbon hits in the front, middle and back – bourbon everywhere with spice, vanillin, and charred oak barrels. Maple and molasses. Dark fruits are hidden in the back and soaked in bourbon, of course. Prunes and dates along the edges. Carries a rustic air of old farmhouses and barns worn with age, time, and weather. Quick hit of red apple must in the middle.
Palate: medium-light and bourbon centric. Vanillin, maple, and dry spice comingling with oak planks, oak barrels, and generic woods. Apples and grapes in the middle. Bourbon soaks dark fruits underneath – dates, prunes, raisins. Dry spice and oak lingers atop tongue with vanillin.
Final Thoughts: obviously unbalanced thanks to the assertive bourbon but being a bourbonholic myself, I don’t quite mind. If you’re looking for subtle than she may not be your dram but for those bourbon freaks like me, have your dram and enjoy it too.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, aroma is woody, smoky, with some roasted malt. Taste is chocolate and caramel with light smoke and a bit of booze. Pretty solid but not outstanding.
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, licorice, alcohol, and a little chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, bitter, a little coffee, and a little more chocolate.