LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nice and black with a small head. Has a wonderful bourbon aroma mixed with chocolate malt aromas.Smooth as silk bourbon flavor with a great malt backing and a heavy alcohol ending.This stuff is great!
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black body, small foamy tan head fades. Woody, boozey notes are quite dominant in the aroma. Sweet syrup/molassess tinged bourbon in the flavour is about 99% of the flavour with stout struggling to make up the other one percent. Average palate is a bit thin for a stout. The bourbon is relatively refined and not overly harsh as it is in some, but by the same token almost every shred of stout character has been obliterated. Bourbon should be A flavour, not THE flavour, in my opinion.6+/3/6+/3/13
Per Mrs. GregClow, “I like my bourbon to taste like bourbon and my stout to taste like stout.”
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown/black with no head. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, cherry, chocolate, roast, cola and alcohol. The flavor is moderately sweet, cherry cola, bourbon, molases and alcohol. Medium body with light carbonation and a thin body, boozey finish. Pretty much carbonated bourbon.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Round 1, Beer 2 of a blind stout tasting. 12 oz bottle. Clear purple brown with a lovely crema head. Lace coats completely. Charred oak, portobellos and raisins. Medium body with root vegetables and burnt coffee. Bourbon and sour blackberries remain. Quite different with an odd earthy sourness.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown--almost black with a thin tan head. The aroma is definitely bourbon and some hops. Palate wasn’t too bad, but I definitely wanted something fuller. Taste was nice--very unique. Flavors of bitter chocolate, lots of toffee. Smooths out with less bitterness as it warms.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hyped and quite a bit high on the price. Too much so in my opinion. Wonderful aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Also a bit of roasted malt. The lighter body hits me right away however and makes me check that this is indeed a stout. Hmm, a little light. Nice coffee and chocolate aftertaste to go with the vanilla. I know there’s been quality problems with these beers and have been advised not to cellar this one too long. Still not a bad beer at all and I would reccomend a try if you can get it.
pineypower (3036) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a deep brown with a small lacing head. Very nice aroma of bourbon and oak. The mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I was expecting. Flavor is complex with roasted malt, burnt fruit, oak and a bourbon, alcohol finish. Good beer, but a few things hold it from passing into the great category. Thanks go out to Ughsmash for this one.
KAME (160) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with a medium body. Aroma is full of dark fruit, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavor is nice, alcohol and bourbon are noticeable, but not nearly as overwhelming as some of the other bourbon barrel stouts I’ve had. A very nice beer overall.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2006
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
12 oz bottle from Buckyboy(thanks!). Pours a near midnight black with a small beige head. Nose has notes of fruity esters, cherries, pears, chocolate, oak and alcohol. Tastes like it smells, but the oak and alcohol are way overdone. Chalky, bitter, oaky alcohol finish. A bit of an acidic sour aftertaste. Do not care for this one at all....
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost totally pitch black, just the slightest brownish hue when exposed to the light. Thin cocoa head with pretty good cling.
Oaky, vanilla and lots of fruity, blackberry notes. Boozy overtones reminiscent of a good Whiskey or even a Marc de Bourgogne. Reminds me of Magic Hat’s Feast of Fools.
Weird, on that initial sip, the body felt weak for about half a second but then it totally glazed my tongue like honey on a ham. Just enough oak for my liking, a tiny bit of an acidic twang and some bitter chocolate, with a hot boozy finish. It might even make me want to rethink my misanthropic views about barrel aging just for the sake of barrel aging...If only for stouts!