solidfunk (3854) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon rules this one. Not much of a stout behind it. Pours black with OK head and lacing. Light sweet finish. Lots of booze and bourbon barrel aroma doesn’t help. Tap at brewpub.
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An average bourbon barrel stout. Pitch black, almost non existent tan head, lots of alcohol and bourbon on the nose with a rich dark fruit flavor.
radagast83 (4548) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the District ChopHouse in DC. Pint, came to table virtually pitch black with a very small, almost wispy tan head. Aroma was light roasted sweet malts and plenty of vanilla and bourbon. Mouthfeel is a bit thin unfortunately, but with that ABV, it’s drinkable through a meal.
deaconmike (375) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Served around 55 degrees. Nice looking beer - almost jet black with a thick espresso head that persists. Aroma is heavy bourbon, wood and vanilla; a nice sweetness on the nose. Taste follows the aroma. Not too sweet; no real bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is flat although creamy and a touch on the thin side. Worth trying.
Ron (2491) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at District ChopHouse in DC. Pitch black. Nose is definitely bourbon and wood. Sweetmalts, roasted malts, vanilla, faint molasses and choco-notes. Taste is lots of bourbon and wood with big roasted malts and fruit. Little vanilla coming through here as well as light chocolate. Body is smooth and creamy. Light alcohol warmth on this as well. Finishes with wood and bourbon notes, sweet malts, vanilla and roasty notes.
MadRobin (1883) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at the District Chophouse & Brewer in downtown Washington, DC.
Hazy and opaque, bright mahogany with an off-white head and fair lacing.
Aroma of bourbon, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and oak.
Taste begins and ends intensely of whiskey. I've had some whiskeys that did not taste this strongly of whiskey. Other flavors include bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt and molasses.
Very full body but no carbonation.
An intense, solid stout, which, to my mind, would benefit from less whiskey and more carbonation.
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DCLawyer (1411) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Draft->shaker. Pours a deep brown with small tan head. Aroma is faint, has some chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon. Taste is watered down chocolate with notes of bourbon. Thin and watery, disappointing.
jrodooo5 (991) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown w/ a thick tan head - nearly perfect appearance. The aroma is of subtle chocolate w/ a touch of roastiness. The taste is rather disappointing after the look & smell. Essentially a guiness. The taste is very light for a stout - too light in my opinion. I could easily crush a handful of these but that’s just not my thing. Ok.
mcdoug (31) - Middle River, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Really, really, really did not like this one when I had the ask version at the Chophous and Brewery. To say that it has "overtones" of bourbon is a drastic understatement! All the goodness that usually comes with a stout was vastly overpowered and lost as a result of the overpowering bourbon taste. Being a good beer drinker I finished it, but just barely. Had I wanted a bourbon, I’d have ordered one!
Travlr (10342) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at the source. Murky dark brown color, completely flat. Aroma of bourbon! that overpowers the beer. Taste is dilute bourbon. Lacks body. Maybe this one had been on for too long, so I should re-try it. Disappointing.