SuperWhite92 (22) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep, deep black is a great way to describe this wickedly dark hand-drawn cask ale. Thereís a few hints of light, but nothing that would make you think anything other than "black" when describing the appearance. Also included a great, copper-colored head that didnít go away until I was finished drinking the beer.The smell is distinct, yet subdued. Unlike anything youíve smelled before, but not strong enough to definitively say "this is a bourbon barrel stout." The smell includes a mild booze smell and quite a bit of the characteristic coopersmithís stout smell.The taste is great. Total bliss in this department. Itís everything you can love about bourbon and everything great about a high gravity stout rolled into one glass. Itís sweet, but not overly so, and the flavor is something youíre not likely to forget in the near future.The mouthfeel is thick and oily, but still memorable. Itís not anything too spectacular, but itís far from disappointing.As far as drinkability goes, I had no problem drinking a pint. None at all. I actually considered a second, but decided I didnít want to burn myself out. I donít think this would function well as any sort of session beer, but a couple would be A-OK.
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was just delicious! Rich and creamy with loads of milk chocolate. An ample dusting of cocoa powder, caramel and even a hint of nuttiness, melds with sweet vanilla bourbon notes. I could seriously drink this all night and never get tired of it. Great balance overall and throughout.
skoisirius (1905) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
#400! Pours an almost dark brownish black. Nice retention. Strong aroma of bourbon, and that drowns out most else except light chocolate notes. Flavor is a lot of milk chocolate and a decent amount of bourbon. Oated roast notes come in through the finish. Medium body, a bit watery. Overall a good one...could maybe use a bit more oats to make it thicker.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub on 10/14/07: Pours an opaque black with a full-lacing froth of rich dark tan head. Sweet dark caramel, chocolate and bourbon nose is quite enticing. Body starts with good, rich viscosity for a sweet stout and low amounts of carbonation with a smooth, creamy dark chocolate and bourbon finish. Great balance and flavor with good drinkability.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 GABF 2007: Poured black with a beige head. Doughy aroma. The flavor had a light roasty, fruity and doughy. the barrel was fairly light.
@ brewpub and hand pulled. Black with a creamy tan head. First bourbon, mild but there, aroma followed by vanilla, hazelnuts and roasted malt. Roasty with a bourbon middle. Vanilla at the end. Light tartness. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
rich chocolate aroma with sweet dark caramel and vanilla ending with a touch of bourbon,
dark chocolate flavor, vanilla character adds sweetness, bourbon kicks in to add extra sweetness, light oak adds the only bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
freemartin (2) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost an espresso type creme, more than a head, with a rich amber brown color. Definite hints of cream and black pepper flavors of the Horsetooth Stout base, while the flavor of bourbon quietly dances on your tongue.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 On tap at the pub. Poured a black color with an ample tan head that left great lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and sweet bourbon. Initial taste of roasted malts with some hints of chocolate that lead into vanilla and light bourbon spice notes. Slightly woody aftertaste. Alcohol comes out a bit as it warms. Nice, but I agree with Crosling that it could have used a bit longer in the barrel.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Singular bold hazlenut and hersheyís syrup aroma, strong and crisp with some bourbon sweetness. Pours deep black, with sparse rocky tan head. Flavor fades away into a watered down, thin washed out almond and cashew concentrate with toasted bread, light coffees and whereís the barrel? Weak. Alcohol brightens, even at 7.4. Finishes oakenly dry and nutty, again. Unique in itís singular vanilla-like nut flavors, but one-dimensional.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand drawn black color with a small head of white foam. Rich blend of oak and malt in the aroma, creating hints of vanilla, coconut, whiskey, chocolate and coffee. Itís hard for me to confess but iím beginning to like bourbon barrel aging. Lightly vinous flavor, with hints of bourbon and powdered chocolate. This particular bourbon stout could have definately used a few more months in the barrel (Iím guessing it was 2-3 months aged), because the body was pretty lacking and the flavors hadnít quite melded together. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed it.