Scopey (4602) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (#182, 2011) thanks to Bruce at THE Eclipse tasting, 2012. It pours very dark brown, with a small light tan head, which quickly dissipates. The nose is upfront bourbon, vanilla, medicinal aspect, tar, treacle and toffee. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, tar, wood, mellow bourbon, burnt earth, dark fruit, toffee, medicinal, toast and toffee, with a dry, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and thankfully not too cloying. Well balanced, mellow and flavoursome... good stuff!
jredmond (4575) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at bills. Pours a deep maple syrup brownish black with thin white lacing. Aroma is molasses, sweet chocolate, more to come
caesar (4505) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled @ gbbf, batch br2 2012 purple wax, medium sample. Dark color, medium brown head. Aroma of biscuit, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee. Honey is gone in aroma. In taste its quite heavy on bourbon, bit boozy even. Still base beer is present.
kramer (4352) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via pantanap. Black pour with a small fizzy brown head that fell to a thin ring and a wispy partial covering. The nose is rather boozy and bourbon dominated, but there’s still a lot of good stuff in there as well. Vanilla, light wood, roast, bitter bakers chocolate, a little candied dark fruits. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the barrel and the beer though. There’s plenty of bourbon, but it’s as much focused on the vanilla, roast, oak, and dark roast coffee as the bourbon. Some light alcohol flavor, but it works pretty well with the slight sweetness and the vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a nice lingering vanilla and roast finish. Soft fizzy carbonation helps cut the body well. Pretty nice bourbon barrel stout. Any more booziness and it might have been too much, but I think this worked as it is.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 1/26/13. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Malty and chocolatey flavor with some roasty coffee and bourbon before a roasty finish.
Grovlam (4149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010:
Bottle. Small off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Dark color with a light reddish glow. Aroma of mild roasted malt, dried fruity, light grainy and dusty feel. Over the palate came heavy thick feel of liquorish, molasses, vanilla, Bourbon. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and alcoholic thick texture. Heavy sweet and some bitterness to counter. Lingering warming Bourbon liquorish finish.
8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.0
Borresteijn (4138) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl Bottle at Sloshfest, 6 of the 2011 bottlings side-by-side. Black colour, beige-brown head. Aroma is a lot sweeter than the 4 Roses, oak, bourbon, hard roasted malts, chocolate, sugar. Flavour is sweet, bourbon, hard roasted malts, coffee, molasses, a little metallic from all the sugar, chocolate, bitter roasted finish. Fullbodied. Lacks a bit of balance.
markwise (4090) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber graciously shared by BigSound. Cheers, Henri! Pours a wonderful stout brown with a tan head. Nose is bourbon, sweet molasses, brown sugar, wood, vanilla, rum-soaked raisins, and some milk chocolate. Flavor is similar with very sweet, very chocolate and molasses flavors throughout. This one is balanced more toward the barrel, but still really nice as the stout dances back with notes of chocolate and cafe con leche. Very enjoyable.
DrSilverworm (4000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, thanks to DanielCoor for sharing. 2012 vintage. Dark brown color. Lighter brown, thin head. Good lace. Really amazing nose... Huge, pleasant woody-spicy whiskey barrel aroma. Bigger smooth body. Pretty creamy. Light apple, light spice. Nice bitter taste. Good citrusy hop note. Big roasty bitterness. Dark chocolate, bitter coffee. Nice sweetness. great stuff. Awesome woody spiciness from the barrel. Huge flavor, but not flooring, in the way that liquor would floor you, still super good. Super long tasty aftertaste to savor.
JohnnyJ (3892) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2012. Black pour, thin dark tan head. Chocolate, bourbon, molasses, raisin, sugary, and some vanilla. Not as smooth and less vanilla than the 18 year.