WhatAlesYa13 (6) - Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark pour with a thin head. Roasted malt really comes through and delivers coffee and chocolate flavors. The bourbon flavors come out in the sweet carmel finish. A big beer at 11.5 ABV. This is one of the better DuClaw beers I’ve tried.
UDBeernut (1822) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
botlle pours black w/ ruby edges, khaki head that leaves some lacing. nose of chocolate, bourbon, oak. taste begins with chocolate and moves to bourbon, vanilla, oak. the bourbon lingers. full body.
boxofrane (2206) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours pitch black with minimal head and a ring of brown. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, some vanilla, some marshmallow. The taste has big vanilla, toasted coconut, chocolate, some bitter chocolatem
Braudog (5876) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Definitely the night cap. Thick and meaty, this carries its whiskey barrel roots right up front in every aspect. The aroma is quite subtle, actually, hinting only at a rich, warm beer. And this drinks with an exquisitely well balanced character ... the oak-laden whiskey character is so finely interlaced with the warm, chocolatey beer that you’ll want to wish that everyone who tries this can do it so well. Very, very good! (#5344, 11/24/2013)
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big and boozy. Cocoa dominates with an astringent roast back end. Sticky sweet. Meh.
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 This was a surprise gem! Fragrant aroma of malt, oak and bourbon. Pours black oil dark and thick. Minimal dark oak head. Flavor is complex and evolving on the palate. Smokey, oak, bourbon, mocha, vanilla, hints of fruit and bread. Slight bitterness of imperial on the aftertaste.
Westchesterco (1064) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark rich chocolate brown with an ecrue head. The atoms is of Bourbon and the taste has the Bourbon flavor redonatinv through it with tones of licorice and vanilla. Yummy
Iphonephan (3543) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon nose. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, with some licorice. Dense mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Bitter, boozy finish. Quite tasty.
arminjewell (6323) - lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle at Zwanze Day 2012, thick brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought thick dark chocolate, lots of roast, sweet molasses, nice coffee bean notes as well in there go into some spice, earthy tones with a hint of dark fruits, nice vanilla, oak and bourbon come through. Taste is thick oak, bourbon, and vanilla notes into caramel, nice dark chocolate, coffee notes come through, finishing bitter, roasty.
vlan1 (200) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on Tap @ Duclaw. Extremely dark brown but not totally black. Small amount of head with little to no lacing. The nose hinted that this was going to be a bourbon bomb. Not to say that the bourbon wasn’t noticable and the 10.5% was not hiding anywhere, it was not bad. Lots of chocolate and coffee undertones but lots of astringent alcohol sweetness as well. Was also a bit syrupy in the mouthfeel dept. A good BA Stout. Just needs a bit of refinement.