DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #4016. White wax so I have the correct listing.
This is my third version of this year (EC 12 and BT blend) and fourth overall (í10 EW).
4.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good and a big ring of lacing is left. Like the others, this one looks good.
4.0 S: This is as smooth as the EC 12 was, but itís much more lively. First, the bourbon brings out the chocolate in the stout much like the BT blend did. The bourbon itself is leathery, mildly fruity, and earthy. Booze is in check and there are no signs of astringency or off-flavors. The barrel gives a soft vanilla that complements well. Soft roastiness from the stout. I very much like the aroma, but I still want more from the stout.
4.5 T: I must say Iím impressed with the taste. I expected all of the variants to be let downs due to the simplicity of the base beer, but this is too tasty not to love. The EC works magic in this. The strongest flavor is creme brulee with leather, melon, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Slightly boozy, but itís actually a nice addition and super smooth. Soft roast and moderate chocolate from the base stout.
4.0 M: Hell, even the mouthfeel is better. Itís the same medium body, but thereís a noticeable increase in the creaminess. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth.
4.5 D: Iím very glad to have had this and so far this is the only variant Iíve had that is worth what I paid. Very tasty beer. If the base stout was better, this would be a favorite of mine for sure.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-24-2012 01:28:08
drowland (6499) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Deep black pour with a small brown head. Wonderful bourbon character - wood, bourbon, vanilla, fudge, and more - on top of more chocolate and coffee. Delicious flavors of bourbon, vanilla, fudge, coffee, chocolate, a bit of booze, and more. Nice!
daknole (9694) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice black pour, brown head. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, big bourbon notes, oak, molasses. Damn good!
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 White waxed bottle
A - Darkness with a finger of milk chocolate head, a thin sheet that sticks around and leaves some legs.
S - Alcohol heat, oak, vanilla, cocoa.
T - Nice roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, light coconut, and a light dark fruit that falls perfectly into place.
M/D - smooth and creamy, slightly tannic from the barrel. A great treatment for the base beer, one of my favorites to date, and the only real complaint would be the alcohol present in the nose.
Dogbrick (8902) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing Bottle #2516. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Patches of lacing on the glass. Oaky bourbon aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Rich and smooth body with flavors of vanilla, oak, caramel malt and dark chocolate. Booze is rather subtle throughout. The finish is woody with a lingering dark malty aftertaste. Very good beer all around.
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #2516 shared by a friend for rating #3,000. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and honey. Chocolate and vanilla flavor up front, then some dark fruit and bourbon before a brandy-ish finish. Heat was very manageable, likely due to the 2 years spent in the barrel. Spectacular.
crossovert (8330) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 650ml white-waxed bottle. Bottle # 4224.
It pours a thick, viscous dark blackish brown with a tall foamy but frothy tan head that dissipates with a few skids of lacing. A thick tan froth sits atop the beer.
The smell is amazing. It is hot but in a pleasant bourbony way. The bourbon explodes in the smell, nice hints of wood, caramel, and vanilla dominate. There is a noticeable pronounced fruitiness that is rich and intoxicating. The base stout comes through as well with some cocoa richness and bready but dark, roasty malts.
The flavor is dominated by bourbon in a good way, but the stout isnít lost. The initial flavor is bourbon and wood, rich, complex layers of wood and vanilla project over a nicely bitter stout base. The heat isnít overwhelming, but it is a key component in the flavor profile. There is a fruitiness again here that is devilishly good. Mid to late palate brings the chocolate and roastiness and it is fantastic, the finish is sweet.
I have never had a barrel aged beer that had this pronounced and fresh of a bourbon flavor. Normally I hate beers because the bourbon-forward, but this one has changed my mind or something, maybe it just speaks to the expertise of this particular brewery with barrel aging.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big bourbon notes and a nice dark black with a very good amount of carbonation for a BB RIS. Sweet vanilla and oak mixed with some milk chocolate. Thick mouth feel and a wonderful bourbon taste that lingers for quite sometime. Loved this beer and would put it up there with BCBS. Very nice wish I had another bottle!
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 02/13/2012. Pours black, one finger head dying down to coat the surface, great lacing left behind. Aroma dominated by bourbon notes, vanilla coconut, supported in the background by chocolate, roasted malts. Taste follows suit, lots of coconut, vanilla, darker malts, hint of chocolate fruitiness, roasted coffee finish. Full in the mouth, extremely drinkable. A bit more complexity aside from the barrel would send this over the top, but as it is a really great brew.
That1Guy (1988) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly light, see-through red/black pour with a bit of a tan head. Big whiskey nose with notes of fruitiness. Flavor is booze, whiskey, oak, and a huge rush of vanilla in the end. Smooth and clean.