talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is nealry black with an average, pillowy, tan head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some lace rings. The nose is overwhelming Stranahan with vanilla, spicy notes, almost corn from the bourbon, light cinnamon and raisin, lightly caramelized, and some cookie notes. The flavor is much more raisin, some cinnamon, cookie is more prominent, vanilla, bourbon still, and some toffee. The palate is nearly full, nearly lively, warming, and velvety. The finish is vanilla, bourbon-tinged, cinnamon, and cookie notes. The cinnamon raisin notes were nice and unique but the bourbon notes were overwheling. Decent beer and a unique attempt but more Stranahan than I like in a beer. And this is a whiskey I am fond of...
onceblind (3530) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inky black pour with a persistent khaki head. Not too big, but persistent. Intense dark aroma of an oak whiskey barrel, and well, oatmeal raisin, as well as some cocoa tones. Flavor is equally big but leans a little too heavy on the whiskey and oak. Behind that booze though is some pretty unique stout. Theres a bit of cocoa, candy sugar, raisin, and some dark vanilla. It all plays well with the whiskey/oak combo, but there’s just too much of the later. Also, it’s just a tad too sweet...are we sure this isn’t an imperial stout?
Ratman197 (8828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of whiskey, vanilla, raisins, burnt carmel and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of whiskey, raisins, carmel, light vanilla and light oak with a crisp lingering whiskey finish.