cheap (4124) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Homewood reserve batch 2009. Well, Iím glad this aint no impy stout, I was under the impression that it was. Big brown flip top bottle, must be at least a quart+. Nice roasty stout aroma, comes across as very enticing. Big black pour that I think is staining my big clear beer mug. Creamy thin choco moose head. First taste I think its going to be too impy bitter but it never quite gets there. Burned charcoal taste permiates this brew but it is not overwhelming. I think this stuff may be milder than the black strap, if that is possible. Iím not sure what oak barrels have to do with the taste but it is ceratinly different than the black strap. Not much carbonation on the tongue but you can sure tell there is a fizzy creaminess down the throat. Overall an impressively dark beer that is much heavier than most stouts but much more well behaved and enjoyable compared to impy stouts. Good session. Hope this brown stain comes outta my glass, wew.
j12601 (6639) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at PilsnerPeterís Spring Gathering. Pours a hefty black with a thick tan head, looking a little soda bubble like. Smells roasty, but with some graininess and a little bit of cardboard. Thin bodied and roasty. Light roast on the finish, but a little weak.
CapnJazz (52) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Jason. Strange-looking bottle. Really dark pour, and a caramel head. Strong hoppy presence in the nose to counteract the huge dark malts and bourbon. Not sure this is my favorite style, but itís pretty well done. The bourbon is just a little astringent and biting, and the balance is not quite there. Still, there are some really nice roasted flavors in this, and itís a good beer overall.
jcwattsrugger (11115) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Jimmacks pre BeerWars Gathering-33.8oz bottleĖpours a brown head and black color. Aroma is chocolate/molasses, dark malt, ashy. Taste is chocolate/molasses, dark malt, ashy. lots pf earthy hops. Thanks to rciesla.
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 isnít 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 (4093) - 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 (3346) - 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 Mackís 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.