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This is your year round favorite Black Strap Stout thatís been aged in a Bourbon Barrel, and then bottle conditioned in our big 1 liter swing-top returnable bottles. Available at the brewery as part of our FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS and lasting until itís all gone.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2012 bottle from artmcd8. The pour is black in color with a big firm frothy mocha head. Nice lacing on the glass after each sip. The aroma consists of; ashy notes, lots of chocolate, roasted malt, a slight dark fruit character, and faint whiffs of bourbon. The flavor uncovers a mild earthy hop component with a lot of mocha/dark chocolaty notes. Thereís chocolaty sweetness throughout with a touch of caramel. The bourbon is hardly noticed but itís there to add another element to an already good beer. Deep down thereís some creamy vanilla that pairs well with the chocolate and what bourbon is there. Very tasty stuff. I like the level of drinkability too.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2012 bottle aged in Markers Mark Bourbon barrels. A good carbonated beverage that forms a well liked head in my glass. The aroma is very rich with roasted malts. There is a minimal chocolate and sweet bourbon undertone in the scent. As for flavor I noticed dark malts, hops, faint bourbon, and chocolate flavors. The roasted malts are tasty but a little too potent. I was impressed by the pleasant hop flavor in this beverage. The Homewood leaves a malt and hop aftertaste with a mild bitterness. My palate was impacted mildly as well. Overall I really enjoyed this drink. A very fine beverage.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
2011 bottle...pours black with ruby hues and a medium mocha head...good retention and lacing. Aroma has dark fruit and oak atop smoothe bourbon and faint vanilla...mildly boozy. Flavor has burnt wood notes and molasses...slight oak and very faint bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly lively with a roasty/oaky slightly nutty lingering finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2010 bottle. some sour mash-type flavors here. Not infected or anything but something I have noticed in some bourbon beers. thin body, coffee, some burnt & roasted notes. easy-drinking and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
1L swing-top growler, 2011 vintage, courtesy of Beerman6686. thanks again, Dan! opens with a pleasant hiss and pours beautifully, much denser and rich than i expected, and sits deep, tar-black in the glass capped by a creamy, dark cocoa head that leaves drips of lace. aroma is great with rich, toasted oak, molasses, dark chocolate, and bourbon up front with subtle notes of vanilla, raisins, nutmeg, and maple as it warms. flavor is damn nice, maybe a bit of a let-down from the aroma though, with rich, smoked malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of sweet molasses that transitions to dark fruits, oak, and bourbon on the back end. palate is smooth and full bodied but just a touch over-carbonated with a toasted, bourbon-esque finish. overall, a damn nice barrel aged stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2012
swing top bottle. black with medium-sized brown head. aroma of mild roastiness, light coffee, bitter cocoa, and some burnt toast. flavor of highly roasted coffee, burnt malt, dark chocolate, and little else. I donít detect too much barrel aging at all. A pretty good dry stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Sample at the Ping Pong, Foosball, and Great Beer tasting on 03/03/2012. Thanks to JaBier for sharing a 2010 bottle. The beer is black with a medium thin khaki head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Stingy lacing on the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt and fruit in the nose. Medium body with flavors of sweet chocolate malt, dark fruit and bourbon. The finish is roasty with a dark malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2010 bottle purchased at East End. Pitch black pour with a thick brown chocolate milk head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, dark fruit and subtle bourbon. Flavor starts with a hint of bourbon, followed by roast (to the point of ashiness) and a bitter dark chocolate finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle:   2008 batch.   Black pour, moderate tannish head, spotty lacing.   Pale roasted malt nose, and thats about it.   This was aged in Bourbon?   I canít tell, at all.   Thin on the tongue, pale roasted malts.   I knew it wasnít a big stout to begin with, but the barrel aged character isnít there, and the body is rather thin.   Its okay, but not as special as you would think.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2010 Vintage received in trade from DavoleBomb, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid black color with a frothy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, tart fruit, hints of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is more tart than stout, seems something has gotten into the barrel on this one. Sharp tart fruit up front, bitter roasted coffee and chocolate next, and then a mellow oak, vanilla, roasted finish. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter tart mouthfeel. Having known nothing about this beer, my first surprise was the oak aging and my second surprise was the slightly lactic fruity tartness. This is a decent beer as is, but Iíd like to think this was fantastic before the lacto got around to souring it.


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