juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 1L swingtop this pours a dark brown color almost black with a small, bubbly tan head. The aroma shows bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee up front with hints of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor follows with the rich chocolate and espresso roast blended nicely with the oak and vanilla. The bourbon isn’t overbearing but adds a nice twang. Medium bodied and fairly smooth and easy to drink with a long chocolate finish. Pretty good bourbon aged stout.
dmac (3692) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at jimmacks Beer Wars preparty. Poured a very good looking deep dark black with a large beige head. Aroma of soy sauce, chocolate and mmm butter(ugh). The flavor is roasty enough that the butter stays away and lots of tar and tobacco coming through. Full body yet very lively fizzy carbonation. Interesting but needs tweaking.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark thick pour. Aroma is slightly smokey with some dark chocolate and roast. Taste is smooth with some smoked chocolate and coffee. Nice and smooth.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Scott for samples at the brewery!
Dark brown with a rich, fizzy tan head. Nose has lots of malt, chocolate, and minor alcohol. Flavor has loads of wood and malt, chocolate, and only faint bourbon notes. Dry, rather thin palate. Overall very un-aggressive given that the barrels are probably on their last legs with respect to the bourbon. That said, I enjoy the woody qualities here... keeps it unique during the current trend of bourbon bombs.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jim Mack’s Pre-Beer Wars Gathering. Pours a black body with a tan coffee head. Roast y chocolate mineral character with a light vanilla and lots more roast y coffee. Dry coffee grinds and lots of coffee bitterness to finish.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler at the T3. Smells boozy and sweet. Caramel. Dark brown with no head. Bitter taste. Crisp and flat on the palate.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served from a bottle at toncatchers T3 tasting! Thanks to stefanje, lagunitasfan, weeheavysd, fordest, wetherel, alohac and of course toncatcher for suppling the house and grub. Flavors were a bit off for me in this one. Burnt wood, smoky ash, and hardly any bourbon.
StefanSD (1990) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Toncatchers T3 tasting. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Aroma was moderate in strength with coffee, chocolate and just a small whiff of whiskey. The flavor was coffee, oak and ash. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and acidic. Overall: I might have sung praises of this one a few years ago, but the bar has been raised, and this suffers by comparison to the likes of BA speedway. No real bourbon flavor materialized in the taste at all, this is a mediocre-good BA stout.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flip top bottle from Toncatcher. This was not so good. Pours brown with a bubbly head. Nose is sweet and rich, and bourbony. Taste sweet and burnt. Big old ehhh.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1L swingtop. The body is a dense looking chocolate brown that shows virtually black at the center. A frothy, bubbly, light brown head leaves spotty lacing behind. Aromas of rich, bittersweet baker’s chocolate and espresso lay the base, while soft, woody vanilla notes and a subtle bourbon twinge add complimentary layers. Flavors are again rich and chocolaty, with notes of tasty cafe mocha and light, vanilla laden oak. The bourbon serves more as an afterthought here, but that’s not necessarily bad as the end result speaks for itself. Medium-full bodied, semi-dry, and perhaps a bit overly carbonated, the palate is a slight letdown. Good stuff overall.