HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Oily black pour with a brown head. Nose is toasted oak and coffee with cocoa and whiskey. Taste is pretty awesome. A little thin at first but fills the mouth well and the flavor sticks around. Vanilla, carmelized sugar, and sweet whiskey flavors. Not overly alcoholic, though. Good oily mouthfeel. I love 50-50ís stouts and this one is excellent.
bvc (1121) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz capped, thanks Alex. Vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, light coffe and boozy heat. Light mouth feel with tight prickly carb. Sweet vanilla and boozy bourbon with dry wood and peppery earth notes. Very young tasting and would like to try it with some age, although I think the base beer is a touch weak and just a vessel for the barrel.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, roasted malts, coffe, chocolate. Way more put together than EC barrel. Dark brown almost black pour, not much head or legs to speak of. Brown sugar and roasted malts, carmelized sugars, some coffee, sweet sugary notes. Dry roasted malts linger. Way more beery that EC. Smooth carbonation, somewhat boozey in finish, but nicely balanced in comparisson.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22, capped and waxed. really, really heavily waxed. #1409. thanks alex! pours black with faint caramel edges and a little loose tan head. peachy vanilla bourbon oak vodka nose. creamy medium body, soft carb. coffee, chocolate, roast, vanilla, bourbon and vodka on the mid palate. long boozy finish.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at City Beer. Dark brown. No head. Bourbon, alcohol aroma. Taste-licorice, maple syrup, bitter toastiness. Burnt marshmallow, toast. Medium-thin, oily body.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woodshop. Thanks cloudskipper! Pours a black color with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet and delicious. A beautiful bourbon aroma blossums with chocolate and coffee and a great roasted note. Flavor is smooth and slighlty sweet with a nice bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt keeping things in check. Great brew.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Almost black beer with ruby highlights and a cream colored head. Chocolate and light rye alcohol aroma. Chooclate and light whiskey flavor with a bit of earthiness. Medium-plus bodied. Chooclate and light whiskey/bourbon notes lingers. This version was the smoothest of the various barrels with a bit more chocolate up front and less barrel notes.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hophead and his insane connections brings this awesome beer almost before itís released. Thanks Shane! Some booziness. Some chocolate. Lightly sweet. Very good. Black color. Nice barrel characteristics.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a flat dark brown, no head to speak about. Nose was chocolaty, brownie-like with background fumes of spicy bourbon/rye. Flavors are sweet, chocolaty with notes of the spicy rye coming through in nice ways. Nice and warming...with some sweetness in the middle and a boozy finish. Chocolaty at most times...hopping seems aggressive enough to balance everything while still not producing any distracting bitterness. Dug this more than the Elijah Craig version.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn Hop Head thanks for bringing this badboy to the tasting today. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet, with a touch of booziness. Taste is sweet, with milk chocolate, hidden alc, tasty beer no doubt.