SamP01 (621) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark black with a small brown head on the pour. Aroma is of toasted caramel malt, has some cacao essence and dark fruity esters. Taste same as aroma with some mild flavors of bourbon barrel aged wood notes and moderate bitter notes of cacao. A full creamy body, smooth with sweet bitter flavors and caramel malt on the end adds some balance to a flavorful brew. A very good, tasty and enjoyable brew.
keepersj12 (2920) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. The aroma has chocolate, coffee, caramel and vanilla. The flavor has the same along with a bit of smoke. Nice and thick with a long lasting after taste.
snoworsummer (3131) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Allentown. Pours opaque dark brown with a very thin head. Smells very sweet and boozy, like syrup, molasses, sugar, bourbon. Tastes like syrup, chocolate, bourbon, tobacco. Light body and low carbonation.
sonnycheeba (4186) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Pours deep, dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, oak, plums, raisins, floral notes, and light vanilla. Flavor matches the nose with smooth, roast malts, bourbon, oak, dark fruit esters, and light vanilla. Medium body and low carbonation.
emacgee (4361) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pretty rich dark black with some light on the edges. Thin wispy tan head. Nose is pretty barrel heavy with some toasted wood and vanillin. Coffee and bitter chocolate make their way in for sure. Flavor is nice enough. Tastes like a well done IS homebrew with some Bourbon soaked oak chips thrown in. Some rich chocolate notes. Full bodied with a clean alcohol bite and some tannic oak.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2013
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Barely there aroma and dark pour with a small but balanced taste and minimal mouthfeel.
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Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Charred wood and caramel - molasses and dark currants.
Ap: Deep brown, almost opaque - very small light tan head - ring of suds.
T: Burnt caramel, currants, and spicy black pepper - moderate sweetness - whiskey and wood, with some vanilla and cocoa - clean booziness - dried fruits, with cherry and raisins - medium-low mossy bitterness.
P: Medium-full body - high carbonation, with a cream texture - finish is medium-dry.
O: Very nice RIS, with a good balance of dark fruit, caramel, and alcohol flavors - barrel character is well-integrated, too.
Theydon_Bois (12570) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, labelled as ’bourbon barrel’ Insidious, thanks to James (Jtclockwork) for the trade, 30/05/13.
Pours mid black with a big tan head that soon dissipates to a pond atop the glass with edgeing for company.
Nose is roast malt laced with bourbon, dark toffee, light roast, molasses, touch of bitter chocolate.
Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, oak, sugars, chocolate, bourbon notes but well tempered in this respect, dark fruits, molasses.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sugars and light booze in the finish.
An eminently drinkable BA impy. Smooth drinking and the alcohol is well integrated.
wchesser (1430) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great extra from budznsudz-thanks, Chris! Opaque with a coffee cream ring. Complex nose on opening of prunes, dark roast malt, vanilla, cola, sadly it fades pretty quickly becoming almost grapey. Taste is sweet upfront with bourbon and some oak then dark malt and a lingering bitterness. A tad thin but well done. If this is really $2 like I read in another rating it’s a screaming deal.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty, hearty malt base is blanketed in bourbon. Notes of coffee and toffee. A tasty, well-made shelf BA RIS that's a solid step above most of its peers. Helluva deal at $2/single bottle.