cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2012
2.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
12oz bottle, it is non-vintaged, but I’ve had it since 09. Pours out a nice rich black color, great coffee color head. Aromas are a bit one-sided but rich bourbon, mocha, vanilla. Everything is great until the palate. I’m not sure if this was just a bad bottle, or maybe this shouldn’t have gone this long, but it has had proper storage. Palate from entry to finish is sherrified, vinegar, and it literally stings across the palate. Bourbon is stretched thin across the palate. I really want to re-rate this fresh.
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big bourbon nose vanilla wood cola nutty notes chocolate. Pours pretty much black tan head and lace. Flavors of bourbon barrel cola nutty roast chocolate oak sweet boozy bourbon. Body is a little thin but flavor is nice. Well done.
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Tastes spicy, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt with a similar finish.
Smoothsippin (48) - Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellared from 2015. Pours black With a beige head. Sweet to the nose. Smell the bourbon, some toffee as well. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, very smooth. Taste goes from sweet to a little bittersweet, lingers nicely. A little smoother, more mellow than last year, aged well. Will try another next year.
furthur (846) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, black beer, almond colored head. Aroma molasses, raisin, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, cookies. Taste is vanilla, oak, coffee, molasses, malt, chocolate, raisin, bourbon. Palate is rich and thick. This has a strong oak backbone, but it’s not astringent, it tastes rich, old, balanced, dry...really good. Ima sip this awhile, before I rate. Coming to the end of the bottle. I still love this... I’d buy this by the 6 pack
drdisque (748) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Fatpour. Sweet Rich bourbon flavors. Sweet pleasant mouthfeel and flavor. Strong bourbon flavors but no overwhelming wood tannins or other unpleasant alcohol flavors. Outstanding. On par with the best Bourbon Barrel Stouts.
GRM (3671) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 25 2015; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, average lacing; nose: oak, woody, bourbon, roasted barley, molasses, alcohol; mouth: oak, woody, bourbon, roasted barley, molasses, alcohol, alcohol warmth, light spices, finale in bourbon with presence of wood, full body, good carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite fine
Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 25 septembre 2015; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, dentelle moyenne; nez : chêne, boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, mélasse, alcool; bouche : chêne, boisé, bourbon, orge torréfiée, mélasse, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, léger épices, finale en bourbon avec présence de bois, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : bien bon
tagie99 (1) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The finest bourbon barrel stout I’ve ever tried. I’ve had many from all over the United States and this one ranks the best.
superspak (4471) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in fall 2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather/tobacco, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. A bit of booziness as it warms, but nothing significant. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather/tobacco, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roasted bitterness/oak spice as well. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding BBA stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. This was very unique for a stout; as it seemed to have a lot of characteristics related to barleywines, but still remained roasty enough to feel like a stout. A highly enjoyable offering.
jgb9348 (5555) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Vintage Bottle
Deep dark brown coloured body with a touch of brown colour that isn’t opaque at the edges, along with a very thin, just oily top of deep brown. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, oak, vanilla, raisins, cognac, whiskey and much more alcohol - super pungent. Medium-bodied; Ridiculously pungent bourbon and oak flavours with a lot of alcohol flavours along with some anise, cognac, roasted malt, light coffee and even a hint of the soy sauce. Aftertaste shows the nice complexities of the bourbon, with a ton of alcohol warmth throughout along with caramelised sugars and a dose of pit fruits. Overall, a good beer (tastes more of a porter) that’s been aged in fresh (or for a very long time) bourbon barrels; Great to try, and perhaps a bit more polished after long times, but this is still a tad harsh after a year of aging. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle (Vintage 2013), purchased from Good Beer in New York (East Village), New York on 25-April-2014 for US$5,49 sampled at home in Washington to celebrate both beer #5300 and the welcoming of the Blizzard of 2016 on 22-January-2016.
Vintage: 2013 // Purchased: 25-April-2014 // Sampled: 22-January-2016
PotjeBier (2623) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle (from De Bierkoning), 2014 edition, at home. Pours a black color. Light beige head, short retention. Aroma’s: bourbon, sweet, vanilla, wood/tannines. Retronasal it’s sweet, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, light alcohol, light roast. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, vanilla, chocolate. Body is medium, could have been a bit fuller. Long finish with cocoa, light roast, light bitterness. Overall really nice!