JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle, after CC beer dinner @ Ravenous Pig. Black pour, thin dense dark tan head. Fantastic aroma of sour roast, maple, black licorice, ash, pit fruit, some barrel. Taste is hearty, lifted initially by a mix of roast and alcohol, then tailed by a malt fruitiness and tannins. Awesome.
gkost (1703) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at brewery. Pours BLACK. DAMN! Loads of roast, booze!, chocolate, coffee, caramel, fig and some ripe cherry. Flavor is an intense mix of chocolate, dark roasted malt, hints of smoke, bitter hops, dark fruit. This beer is amazing. Super full body. Smooth finish with some lingering bitterness from the roast malts and the hops. WOW!
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours an almost pitch black color with hints of mahagony at the edges topped by a small, foamy tan head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is really nice and rich showing melted milk chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, and a heavy dose of bourbon. The flavor is just as complex with the chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel coming througfh first followed by some bourbon soaked dark fruit. The wood and oaky vanilla follow to smooth things out. As the beer warms the bourbon flavors become prevalent, but don’t overpower anything. Some roast and earthy bitter hops come through on the finish. Really complex flavor here. Full bodied with subtle carbonation and nice warming finish all the way through from the bourbon. This is a really nice blend and a great use of the bourbon barrel. Another awesome beer from Joey and Wayne.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery. Pitch black. Incredibly syrupy bourbon smell. Chocolatey and incredibly malty flavor. Really strong alcohol warmth. Really dark chocolate. Very good.
dchmela (2482) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark black with hints of red with a thick creamy head. Big bourbon aroma with hints of chocolate. Smooth fruity malty taste with hints of bourbon and chocolate. Just an outstanding brew.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tap at CCB Bourbon Barrel Bolita release. And holy shit this one is enough to knock your socks off. holy crap. Aroma is wonderful. Chocolate, bourbon, toffee, wood, vanilla, sweet, ripe fruits and some good roast. Flavor is just an experience you need to have to understand. All over the place, yet in perfect harmony. Chocolate, roasty hops, woody notes, bourbon, caramel, toffee, and lots of good vanilla. Damn the mouthfeel is amazing, as are all the CCB beers. This is blending at its absolute finest. Kudos to Joey and Wayne. WOW!!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery: Nearly opaque dark mahogany pour has a thin, creamy dark tan head. Has a semi-sweet, caramely complex bourbon nose with a touch of dark chocolate. Starts with good rich sweet dark caramel and chocolate dripping with complex bourbon oak. Finishes smooth with some dark chocolate and lightly roasted malt. A very nice barrel-aged strong ale.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at CCB BA Bolita Release Party. Pours a murky dark brown to black with an off-white one finger head that settles quickly but laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak,bourbon, brown sugar, dark fruit, some hints of toffee, caramel and roasted malt. Amazing nose -- I think I like this better than Hunahpus! Flavor is also amazing -- sweet and malty with similar notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, molasses, ripe dark fruit, toffee. Medium to full body with a wonderful, silky bourbon chocolate finish. This is probably my new favorite CCB beer. Amazing.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ the brewery’s BA Bolita release. A husky virtually opaque brown/black with a nice creamy light tan head. Lacing. I could smell this forever. Bourbon and chocolate, tons of malt, caramel, toffee, some hints of dark fruit. A nice boozy finish that doesn’t overpower what came before. Just tons of complex layers and balanced. Smooth, lush and magical; the hops and the barrel tannins and the alcohol all play well together. This didn’t loose any body to the barrel. Thanks Joey and Wayne, this was fantastic.
MeadMe (1171) - Riverview, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Pours a very deep dark black hue. The head was nice tall and dark. Very good retention with nice lace.
S: Lots of bourbon up front. Hints of vanilla, dark fruit and lots of dark roasted malt. Chocolate plays a big role as well.
T: Nose is very much like the taste, but it comes at you in waves. Wonderful caramel malt up front with bold roast coming next. Waves of chocolate and caramel come in the middle. Bold milk chocolate plays well off the hints of dark fruit that manages to peek though. The hops from the IRIS can be picked up before being overtaken by the oak and vanilla from the barrel. Mmmm Boozy goodness in the finish.
M: Very full in body, bold, rich, and smooth.
D: It’s a sipper, but a damn fine one.