ineedbeer (433) - Oakland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light roast character with some nice dark toffee and caramel. Moderate chocolate notes with some light dark fruit notes. Moderate bourbon notes with light oak and a nice vanilla character.
Pours dark brown but not quite black with a thin light mocha head that quickly recedes to only a faint film on the edges.
Flavor has a nice sweet character upfront with a light toast note, moderate chocolate, toffee and caramel. Medium strong bourbon character with quite a nice vanilla and coconut character and a light oak note. Medium light bitterness with a bit of a spicy alcohol finish. Light dark fruit character of cherry and prune.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium high bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall a fairly nice stout with balanced but forward bourbon character. Lots of nice sweet malt character to balance the bourbon notes.
beechner224 (225) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Panicaholic, thanks. Aroma is strong bourbon, with some sweetness. Color is black with a very small white head. Flavor is strong bourbon, vanilla, with light roastedness. Mouthfeel is light-to-medium bodied. Carbonation is light. Overall a nice ba stout.
Smurf2055 (1066) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours lighter black with a finger of light tan head.
Smell rich chocolate, vanilla and oak. Bourbon might be a bit faded but still existent.
Taste choppy ashy, burnt malt, bit of vanilla and oak, red fruit, roasty and boozy finish.
A lot thinner and a bit more of a bite than I would like.
MotherBrother (626) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour an opaque, nearly black, brown, with a small, slightly creamy tan head.
Aroma has plenty (a lot) of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, light wood, slight smoke, some wood, chocolate and faint booze.
The taste is really sweet upfront, with a slightly roasted and bitterness from the middle and out, making this quite well balanced and smooth.
Average bodied, with a somewhat fizzy carbonation (compared to the style)
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma and dark pour with a complex but smooth taste and very warming mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Steve_0 (1931) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Josh Clauss. Thanks Man! 2011 vintage. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and good lacing. Figgy, coconut, bourbon, dark fruity, vanilla, light cocoa, espresso, and licorice in the aroma. taste is roasty, whiskey, earthy, light cardboard, graham crackers, a touch of vanilla, prunes, raisins, dark fruits, and figs with a huge rich chocolate aftertaste. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice use of bourbon barrels without being overpowering.
dfinney23 (1269) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours surprisingly fizzy, like nearly flat cola. Aroma is mostly bourbon with a hint of chocolate. More chocolate and roasted malt in the taste but still plenty of bourbon and vanilla.
bytemesis (2173) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy madbeerbaron. Pours opaque black with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roast. Flavor is the same, plus a touch of coffee, molasses. Medium sweet, lightly bitter, fair amount of woody astringence. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Strongly warming finish.
mnmike (944) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. This stout is pitch black with mucho aromas of bourbon and a creamy palate.
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice shiny black with a very minimal tan head. Aromas are bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and coconut. Flavors are perfectly matched bourbon and vanilla, then just a touch of heat and finally some cocoa and caramel. The palate is a little thin on this beer and I had initially rated it a 3 but bumped it to a 4 after this warmed up. Overall, a pretty good bourbon stout that stacks up nicely in my expanding realm of BB Stouts. I just wish I could more of this brew.