bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a thick brown head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, roastiness, toasted coconut, and dark chocolate. Flavor of oak, chocolate, chilies, licorice, roasted malt, some caramel, and bourbon with a dry, bitter finish. Excellent!
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very similar to the regular but with a good amount of bourbon in the nose. Stings the nostrils. Seem to have a bit more alcohol burn at the finish. Great beer at a great event. Thanks Cigar City!!!
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Large brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, some chocolate, grape. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon/vanilla, some alcohol, chocolate, light grape, mango, pepper. Medium-full body, light alcohol burn.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out black with some brown head. Big chocolate and bourbon taste. A great treatment to a very good stout. Would like to get this in a bottle.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. Two finger frothy dark chocolate mocha head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.
Sweet bourbon aroma that isnít overpowering allowing the roasted malt, sweet chocolate and cinnamon spicy chilli peppers. Thereís also some earthy oak and vanilla notes.
Flavor similar to aroma with a lot more pepper spice than the nose leads on. Lots of silky sweet chocolate malts, slightly roasted coffee and spicy cinnamon peppers. Like the nose, there is a nice earthy oak and vanilla flavor that balances things out nicely. This beer is perhaps to balanced and the bourbon takes away from the spicy chili notes from the base beer. This flavor does become more prominent as it warms. Deceivably drinkable.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark rich pour, thin dark tan head. Chocolate aroma, slight spice, moderate bourbon presence. The barrel adds a nice oaky touch to the base beer. Excellent.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich thick jet black. Aroma has light bourbon, great roast level and nice sweetness. Flavor is light bourbon, mellow spice. Easy drinking for a BA beer.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours an oily opaque black with a thin ring of khaki-colored head. Has a sweet, rich dark caramel malty nose with some smooth vanilla oaky bourbon and rum raisins. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel sweetness with some peppery spice and black licorice complexity before a warming sweet rich dark chocolate finish. Could use a little more body and sweetness to balance the warmth of the spice, but a nice beer regardless.
jedinord (30) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I donít think this treatment is as good as the original beer. Its an excellent beer still, donít get me wrong, but the bourbon barrel overpowers the subtleties that make the original so superior. The alcohol REALLY comes through on this one, and the peppers are lost, and the chocolate is pushed to the back.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, ok, 4.5 average? Heh. I mean, this is not a bad beer by any means; in fact, itís quite good. But 4.5 is outrageous. The barrel pretty much ruins this beer. Though the treatment is mellow, it covers up all the subtle completely that the cinnamon and peppers bring to the regular version. I guess I donít know why I expected anything different.