GenDV138 (5148) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample at Dominion Wine & Beer. 2014 vintage. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, dark chocolate, whiskey. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruit, nicely mellowed whiskey. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Drinking nice with some age on it.
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Winter 2014 bottle. Pours black with a mocha head that dissipates pretty quickly. Pleasant aroma of roast, vanilla, oak and some alcohol. Flavor wise, this is very tasty- yes, bourbon forward but not hot or harsh in any way. Pretty smooth, actually. Not a quite a porter or stout so calling it a dark ale works. Flavor of some roastiness, pipe tobacco, vanilla and plenty of bourbon character. Pleasantly sweet without getting cloying. Earthy hop character provides balance. Nice alcohol warmth on the swallow. Body is smooth but a bit thin with some lively carbonation at first. Overall, a really nice beer if you enjoy bourbon barrel offerings. I would definitely pick this up again if I come across another bottle.
ElCapitan22 (327) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with no lacing or head retention. Smells of cocoa and bourbon at the onset. It tastes like bourbon and chocolate on the aftertaste. It’s a bit strange as it’s dark and chocolatey with not being a stout. I like this!
jefcon (1592) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong vanilla and oak, with a bourbon-like heat from the alcohol. Too much for me, but probably very enjoyable for others.
pushkinwow (2475) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Capones, 2012. Dark brown with a tanish head that completely disappears. Dark vanilla, oak, vanilla, some caramel, bit of molasses, mild carbonation and moderate+ boday. Sweet, more vanilla and bourbon, well balanced, tasty, worth trying.
hfmejias (1225) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Winter 2013... Poured dark, almost black in color, nice thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts and a bit of caramel. Taste is also mostly bourbon, with a strong presence of alcohol; there is also a bit of dark fruit, some malt sweetness and maybe even some chocolate. Very nice beer... Quite enjoyable.
Sammy (10572) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Champagne’s, the best I have had from the series. Here, the bourbon is smoothly integrated rather than the opposite I have had from other brewers. Moderation in chocolate, coffee, and all things. beautiful!
Iphonephan (5615) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at Ryan’s tasting. Pours a clear dark cola with a thin tan head. Bourbon nose. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Boozy finish.
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at 2SP. Pours a dark brown color with two inches of light tan head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, toasted malts, chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, hot alcohol, roasted malts. Medium body and moderate carbonation, but a bit hot and harsh.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, vanilla, and some bourbon. Flavor is vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, bourbon, alcohol chocolate, and coffee. Medium to heavy body, fairly long finish. Enjoyed this one a lot.