jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a jewel like deep red when held against the light. Thin biege head that shrunk to a light dusting and left nice lacing. Sticky burnt caramel nose with lots of bourbon barrel and a hint of hair spray. It has the buttery oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors that I expect to find in a BA beer. The bourbon peaks towards the end of the swallow, with a roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms. Very nice sipping beer. Thanks to CaptainCougar for the bottle.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a bottle of this with Duane. Very dark pour with a coffee colored head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, and a sweetness of sundried fruits. This is my first barrel aged beer, and I haven’t had many impy stouts either, but this is some good stuff. Smooth, buttery mouthfeel and just overall, a well balanced beer. Flavors of bitter chocolate, butter, bourbon, and a sweetness that I cant quite put my finger on. thanks duane!
alobar (2762) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Duane for sending this to Yeha ’05. Aroma of butter, chocolate, and sour milk. Appearance is black with a dark brown head. Tastes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet with a bit of butter and wood at the end. Different, but not exceptional and I like bourbon.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured very dark brown with a medium long lasting tan head. Aroma is big on the barrel. Vanilla dominates with notes of bourbon, chocolate, and light coconut. Some alcohol fumes also rise out of the glass. As the beer sits woodiness comes out greatly. Sitting more and now much chocolate. Flavor starts with woody bourbon then moves to chocolate and back to bouron with a semi-dry and light bitter finish. Very warming and some alcohol flavor present. The flavor let me down a little after such a great complex aroma. Medium body seems a little on the thin imperialstout side.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to duane for sending this to the Yeha. Poured black with a brown head. Smells like choclate dipped in melted butter. Flavor is chocolate and coffee, mildly sweet, with some alcohol, but then quickly overshadowed by a strong oak butter flavor. A little too much wood in this. Good, but not sure if it’s top fifty material.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle (good thing Rich had a bunch of these to open up and pass around). Poured a dark and cloudy brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, wood, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, roasted malts and coffee. Call me a BA sucker (especially Bourbon), but I liked this one.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 Bottle at Ricklikebeer’s YEHA ’05 with a special thanks to Duane for sending this for everyone to enjoy. Dark brown, nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, mild smoke, roasted malt and a bit of butterscotch. Flavor was bourbon, dark roasted malt and the butter started to come out a lot the more the beer warmed. Not being a fan of bourbon, I like the aroma more than the flavor, but overall a nice beer.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to richlikebeer via duane at rich’s YeHa 05. Smoked aroma with some whisky-like vanilla notes. Some woodsiness also comes through with mild chocolate aromas. Dark brown in color which is mildly opaque with a tan head. Like the Town Hall Czar Jack, this is also a bit thin in appearance and could be darker and more opaque. Chalk, chocolatey start, turning more vanilla-like and dry. The barrel flavors are rather apparent, but the underlying beer is not overly impressive. I think the Czar Jack was quite a bit better with or without the barrel.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 sampled at Richlikebeer’s YEHA’05. big thanks to DUANE, who couldn’t make the event, but sent us a SIXER of this just because he’s a badass. cloudy brown color, ruby golden edges. dark tan head. buttery bourbon aroma, some molasses too. flavor is quite similar, smooth bourbon, some buttery chocolate malt. thanks again, Duane!
RE-RATE - bottle in trade from 1FastSTi. blackish mostly cloudy body, golden chestnut at the edges. little to no head, a little dark tan foam ring is left around the inner perimeter of the glass. aroam is vanilla, oak, borurbon, and a little molasses. flavor is roasted malt, but sour! bourbon flavor is in the background & not overpowering. not too much heat like a lot of other bourbon stouts. vanilla and chocolate malt flavors are muted by now, as others have said this beer is not holding up as well as hoped. to my surprise the mouthfeel is sort of light. just enough heat in the finish and smooth bourbon aftertaste. shoulda drank this sooner, but still great, nonetheless. thansk 1FastSTi!
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, via CaptainCougar. Poured a dark brown, almost black. Clear, with a light brown head that faded quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is vanilla and charred oak dominated, with lesser notes of roasted malt and bourbon. Flavor is a perfect balance between roast, espresso, chocolate, and subtle bourbon. Quite a delicate flavor, not a beer that overwhelms your tastebuds. Very little alcohol noted. Body is a little lighter than expected, and a little overcarbonated for my taste. Overall, one of the best bourbon aged beers I’ve had. The bourbon plays an equal role with the base beer.