badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out pours a thin, black body with small brown head. Aroma of sweet bourbon, milk chocolate, coffee beans. Very nice. Flavor of mild cocoa, roasted coffee beans, slick bourbon in the finish. Seems more of a stoutveith added bourbon, than it is bourbon-aged. Quite nice andcvery drinkable regardless.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Trade bottle. Pours a dark black color with a tan cola head. This bottle was extremely over carbonated. Had to pour super slow and it still almost went over my glass. Aroma is mild chocolate and some roast, mild bourbon not much else. Taste is coconut and roasted malts with maybe some smoke. Very thing for a stout and way over carbonated.
radagast83 (3792) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours a deep dark almost oil rich color with a small tan head. Aroma was coffee, coca, bourbon. Flavor was roasted malts, coffee, coca, and a good helping of bourbon.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from West Lafayette VBS. Pours pitch black with a quickly fading medium tan head. Aroma has some notes of coffee and roasted malt, but nothing overwhelming. Similar taste with some bitter chocolate and hints of bourbon. Somewhat watery with a bit of an anticlimactic finish. Contains all of the elements of a great stout but in too little quantity.
brokensail (9202) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: The pour is a somewhat thin dark brown color with a minimal off-white head.
S: I could smell the butter in this as soon as I opened the bottle. Diacetyl pretty much dominates the nose and prevents any bourbon or stout aromas from coming through.
T: For a bourbon barrel aged stout, this beer is incredibly favorless. Watery and bland with maybe a bit of roast and chocolate.
M: The body is just as disappointing as the rest of the beer: thin and lowly carbonated.
D: Another piece of evidence that -bals do not always make a beer better/good.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from Crown in Indy. The appearance is a thin oily brown black. The nose is chard oak, mild bourbon, and chocolate notes. The flavors are a touch on the thin side at times. A nice bourbon to it but the beer in the barrels was a little lacking in intensity. Chocolate, and smoke notes paired well with the steak dinner. Still some nice flavors and an above average brew.
dchmela (2484) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from STFun. Big black pour with a thin tan head. Smokey, chocolate and a little roasted grain aroma. Roasted grain, smokey taste. Really good.
LTS (7) - West Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2010 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
After consuming so many Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stouts it was easy to dismiss this beer as not holding up. Truth is for the lower alcohol the flavors are really well put together. The bourbon influences are all there but not as much as I would prefer. The beer is actually pretty light and I canít tell if I think itís a problem simply because of all the big beer cousins I have consumed.
Because of the lower alcohol and lesser intense alcohol the beer is quite drinkable.
jimmack34 (632) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Smells of cigar smoke, bourbon, and burnt coffee. Flavors of boubon are pretty prominant, however the body was a little thin. Somewhat watery for as intense as the smell was, but still very nice flavor. Tastes of chocolate, coffee roast, vanilla, and nuts.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black. With a very quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma has a bit of bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavor is a little Smokey, with some vanilla and cocoa. Itís overall a little watery, but has a great flavor. Interesting!