kwik-lime (866) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bodean’s in London. Keeps its tan head very nicely, smooth palate, and a pleasant taste of roasted malts, vanilla and smoke with quite a dry finish. Really enjoyable stout.
NikkTwist (880) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Black pour with a foamy tan head. Runny lace. Not much aroma. Juicy middle-dark flavors. Cola. Black beans. Red beats. Cold coffee. Liquorice. Burnt oak planks.
Mora2000 (4040) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to back with a tan head. Aroma is smoke with some roasted malt. Flavor is smoke, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of oak. Very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
badmansam (53) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Duke’s 2013/4/22 - Very nice vanilla stout. Lovely body. Just the right carbonation. Could drink all day but hard to have respect for a beer that calls itself ’Oak Barrel’ when it’s chipped.
pottygok (346) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Caramel and chocolate malts with hints of woodiness at the edges.
Appearance: Black with a thick, tan head.
Taste: Light-Medium sweetness with a hint of bitterness at the finish.
Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish.
Overall: The bourbon barrel is there, but not so overwhelming as to drown out the rest of the flavours. Well developed and designed beer. I’d stock it again.
olr1984 (279) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours dark black with a khaki head. Caramel chocolate aroma. Roasted malt vanilla and oak taste.
phaleslu (4427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Teller’s, served in a pint glass. Pours a mostly opaque deep coffee brown with a finger of creamy tan head. Gorgeous. The aroma has dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and some really nice toasted oak on the finish. Almost smoky at the end. Flavor is super smooth, with rich toasted and roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and oak. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very nice and satisfying.
McNeillR (247) - SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flat black body, little head to speak of. Dry roast nose, not much else. Light wooden slant to the initial taste, the vanilla bean factor nowhere to be seen with a soft amount of booze nudging in alongside a nice crystally sugar malt middle. Very smooth throughout, with a gritty sweetness on the finish. Lacks in an enveloping creaminess that would kick it into ’excellent’ territory, but underperforms for me throughout.
Bottle, Brass Monkey Leith, Edinburgh
MalcolmTucker (512) - SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet boozy aroma. Flavour has mocha, lots of vanilla and some beery. Sweet but stops short of being overly so. Not much oak in evidence but this doesn’t stop it being a good brew.
ColovianTrader (44) - - APR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet vanilla, chocolate, oats and nuts make up most of the flavor. Medium bitterness with cake, molasses and dark raisins. A bit rich and maybe a tad too sweet but enjoyable.