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.
wesyates (53) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Low carbo. Lighter than expected but a hint of black cherry tart/sweet overtones. Lasts on the tongue. Pulled at the bar and separates well into three strata. Nice!
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, 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.
bhensonb (10361) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Light bourbon and oak aromas. Creamy, smooth texture. Subtle vanilla, bourbon and oak flavors. Great stuff.
Beaver (1225) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Bourbon Barrel Stout poured very beautifully. It was an opaque black with a big, tan, creamy, nitro-like head (though it says it is hand-drawn). The head lasted the entire pint and left some nice lacing.
The aroma was coffee, chocolate and some alcohol. Pretty subtle.
The flavor was roasted chocolate with some woody and alcohol notes. It was pretty sweet and sugary - a little too much so. It had a full and velvety mouthfeel.
Overall, I thought this was a good drinkable sweet stout. It’s more complex than the Horsetooth Stout, but a little too sweet for me. I remember their first batch of this (from a couple months ago) being much better.
kp (10886) - 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
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 11/10/2007
Whisky aroma. Small white head. Black strong in alcohol and smooth on the palate with a warming dry bitter whisky finish.
BlackForestCO (975) - 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.
skoisirius (1473) - 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.