egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, whiskey, lactose, and burnt wood. Taste of vanilla, roasted malts, cocoa, burnt wood, marshmallow, and whiskey.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darft on tap at Twisted Spoke (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep blackish brown hue, good opaque quality, frothy light brown head atop dies to a film, laces ok. Some brown glow on the bottom and edges. Aromas are cocoa, oak, and pretzels. Mellow oak, vanilla, and toffee. A touch sweet, caramel elements, roasty qualites try to temper a bit. More oak, roast, and tannic barrel and some warm spirit, a bit more bold as we move on, some oatmeal and touches of sweetness try to battle back. Initial is heavier end of medium scale, some roast, rich cocoa, vanilla, and oak. Well integrated off the bat, touches of spirit, fudgem and caramel. Decent roast and malt presence remain after barreling. A bit creamy in body, vanilla and roast work well going back and forth. Some fullness and fudge. A bit creamy, some caramel, toast. Backend is toast, vanilla, some salty caramel. Finish is oak, mellow roast. Pretty nice beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at TND: Aroma of Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and some coconut. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, cream, vanilla, coconut, and some wood. Medium body. Slicky, creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, Bourbon, cream, vanilla, coconut, and some wood in the sweet, slick finish.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head and a few spots of lacing. Nice collar as it goes down. The nose brings a good contingent of roast and chocolate alongside the really nice barrel notes. Fantastic amount of bourbon plus some oak and vanilla. The flavor brings smooth bourbon as well as oak, vanilla, chocolate, and moderate roast. Medium body that is quite creamy with really nice barrel qualities. Very, very well done. Not surprising coming from Firestone.
mcberko (4813) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2013 On tap at OíBrienís, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon notes, vanilla and hinting lots of sweetness. Flavour brings loads of bourbon, vanilla, and a little roast. Fairly sweet and very barrel-dominated. Complex, but a little too much sweetness for me. I actually prefer the easier drinking Velvet Merlin. Still, great stuff.
jredmond (4597) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 Draft at Spuytin with Andrew. Pours a deep black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate and and very light coffee. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery with notes of coffee, coconut, bourbon and chocolate.
Camons (4520) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Star Bar, Denver. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, dark fruit. Taste is malts, coffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, hints of dark fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation. Very nice, again very easy drinking. 040312
mar (4468) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a light khaki head. Nose is wood, vanilla, bourbon, chewy, light leather. Smooth palate, sticky wood, vanilla, lightly bitter, chocolate, and a great finish.
Pailhead (4237) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The aroma consists of chocolate, roast, faint burnt notes, vanilla, and oak. Itís a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and light roast. The finish is sweet with coconut and light vanilla. Overall, itís decent, but a little too much coconut for my liking.
deanso (4127) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
thin tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Some coconut and lots of cocao. Lovely brew