MrChopin (3474) - 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 (1321) - 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 (2218) - 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.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a smallish light tan head. Smells of some roast, bitter chocolate, and mild coffe. Fairly simple aroma. The flavor seemed to have pretty good balance to it. Very roasty, with toasted malts, maybe some caramel cream and dark chocolate formulating the flavor profile. Seems like a pretty simple stout, but no really big flaws were noticeable. Not bad at all
PhillyBeer2112 (2584) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
FRO throwdown: Grass and caramel nose. Flavor and mouthfeel was very light, almost watery thinned out finish. Notes of coffee, chocolate and maybe wood are in there
sebletitje (7120) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09
Pours black with mocha head, nice golden lacing.
Aroma of light malts and chocolate, oak.
Taste chocolate malts with notes of coffee, light wood and bourbon was hardly noticeable.