corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage, bottle #637. Pours a dark chesnut brown color that’s completely opaque with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey aroma with a strong barrel character that’s nicely integrated into the sweet and roasted malt notes of the base beer. Some spicy bourbon but the other barrel notes really stand out in the nose. Lots of earthy oak, vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut complimenting hints of coffee bean, toffee, toast and dark chocolate. Smells pretty nice but could use more of a bourbon presence.
Medium bodied but a bit thinner than expected with a stronger bourbon presence than the aroma suggests. Still, the barrel character is well integrated into the flavor of the beer without completely dominating the other notes. Some dry, toasted oak, almond and faint vanilla along with spicy, sweet bourbon lingering over the malt backbone into a dry finish. The smokiness from the nose I’d barely noticeable and it’s a bit sweeter than expected with hints of chocolate cake, fudge, toffee and burnt toast. Good bourbon flavor with little to no heat. ABV excellently masked making it deceptively drinkable. Not very complex and the spirit presence isn’t as strong as in some of the other treatments but it’s still very enjoyable.
SlovakSniper (4829) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2014. Belle robe et col mousseux brun de belle figure. Au nez, riches notes de bourbon avec de la noix de coco et du chocolat et du caramel et du chêne et de la vanille et des fruits. Large représentation olfactive. Le goût est tout aussi généreux, très malté mais jamais trop sucré avec un alcool qui se manifeste comme un fin renard. Une bouche soyeuse, facile comme un dessert qu’on savoure lentement. La finale se fait sur des notes de malts rôtis et de mélasse. Superbement facile à boire.
bytemesis (6312) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 15, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013. Pours opaque black, small brown head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is roast, cocoa, bourbon, hint of smoke, vanilla. FLavor is medium sweet, light bitter, bourbon, cocoa, roasty malts, vanilla. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. This is one of the good ones.
Torrefacto (1359) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Negro opaco y espuma beis. Aromas de cacao, vainilla, bizcocho, licor. Cuerpo denso, sabor de chocolate, vainilla, final de amargor quemado y licoroso.
jinroh (1061) - ESTONIA - MAR 27, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, beige foam. Aroma is sweet, velvety, soft roast and vinous dark chocolate. Dark fruits and raisins in steroids. Taste is mind-blowing and full of mixed chocolate, bitter cocoa, barrel booze, bit of oak, spices, dark fruits, salty bacon, liquorice, coffee and so on, so on. Crazy good.
jc1762 (572) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a wine glass showing pitch black with sparse latte foam.
The nose shows a lot of smoke, oak barrel, notes of latte, and sweet hints of molasses.
The palate is lightly carbonated and full bodied. The first impression shows a lot of buttery popcorn flavor with the same silky buttery mouth feel. Upon the second swig and warming up, a more vanilla forward flavor appears finished with smoked bourbon on the end.
Countbeer (5958) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber @ FiftyFifty Charity Tasting: Vintage : Served in a taster:
Black body with creamy tan lacing.
Aroma is roast, bourbon, hair, brown sugars, light caramel, apples, earthy, molasses...
Flavour is roasty, molasses, bourbon, light liquorice, some soy, light bitter, light brown sugary..
Aftertaste is bitters, roast, bourbon, caramel, molasses...
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Body is medium to heavy, with a lasting sweet finish. This one has aged really well.
Acid303 (659) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - DEC 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
65cl bottle (2014 vintage), served in Snifter. Pours black with nice tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, biscuit, bourbon, charred oak and dark fruits. Taste is similar, slightly different compared to the Woodford reserve version, which has more vanilla character and less smokiness. The bitter kick is more intense on this one. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. The weak point is the price, the rest is awesome.
anthony850 (453) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth stout with a strong bourban taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DuffMan (9025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2014 vintage, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, and Faysal. Inky viscous pour with a creamy brown head. Densely flavoured with prominent notes of toasted coconut, malted-milk, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Incredibly balanced without any booziness. Oh man-- this is one of the better of the series to be certain!