johnnnniee (1821) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage shared with some friends.
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates. The aroma is roasty, chocolate, caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, and sweet bourbon whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roast lasts long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This version was probably the smoothest that we sampled tonight.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle vintage 2010 #2519. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty sweetish bourbon woody chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate finish with hints of bourbon and vanilla in the aftertaste.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage. Bottle # 2298. Thanks to kevanb for this one a while ago.
A: Pours a dark black color with dark brown edges. A little head forms on the pour and recedes to nothing. No lace.
S: Brownie bits with some bitter chocolate. The barrel is nice with smooth bourbon, caramel and oak.
T: The bourbon is smooth and sweet up front. There is a fine roasted malt profile with a backing of oak, unsweetened chocolate and a little toffee.
M: A tad thin for my liking. Medium light body with a medium carbonation level.
O: Very delicious. Not quite in the same echelon as the EC barrel versions, but it is right there.
Serving type: bottle
ZMDR1975 (8) - Laurel, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my top 5 best beers I ever had...so good that I am aging 2 of them for next 2 years. Vanilla, Chocolate, and Bourbon. Great thick flavor. Pour down in Tulip glass and pretty much it was total black.
Sweetest beer I ever had!
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma is fudge, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet with fudge and vanilla. Full bodied and sticky. Finish has a little bit of alcohol but still smooth. Good, preferred the old Fitzgerald and Bernheim more.
JulienHuxley (2136) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black pour, just off white head. Aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate malt. Taste is sweet, quite chocolaty, lots of bourbon. Palate is sweet, a little slick, med carbonation.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2012. Dark brown with tan froth. Nose is dark chocolate, bourbon, wood and espresso. Coating mouthfeel, a bit chalky with a soft tingle and some heat. Taste is a great melding of chocolate, espresso and bourbon, each one stepping forward in the course of a single sip. Finishes roasty with fudge.
Marheb (1517) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Définitivement celle où le bourbon est le plus présent mais c’est tellement bien balancé que ça se fond parfaitement avec le reste des saveurs, caramel, vanille, chocolat noir et une touche boisée. Buvabilité vraiment dangereuse.
brystmar (972) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweetly roasted malts, smooth bourbon left and right, caramely booze, honey undertones. Highly refined, much better than most of the 2011 variants. Not worth $30, pretty nice though.
mikedR (726) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We did a taste testing of five different 50-50 2012 stouts. For the base stout, it’s quite frankly superb. Pours black, with a beautiful yellowish-white froth. Some coffee notes, little bitterness, but the predominating flavor is roasted malt.
Of the five, this and two others were in my second tier. Quite good, mind you, but very bourbony in flavor. If you enjoy a bourbon-infused stout, you can’t go wrong with this. The Evan Williams was the most "balanced" of the three, in that the bourbon flavor was present and near constant throughout.