RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sinuously inky black pour...like old engine oil. The head is a rich and rocky brown and lingers. I am amazed to find that the strong coffee flavors have been almost entirely muted by the barrel-ageing here. My main impression is a thick syrupy chocolate essence with, of course, a hefty shot of bourbon. The ABV seems equally hefty here. The mothfeel is VERY creamy and clinging...this is a real slow drinker alright! Another great effort by Matt and Andrew!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 4th anual Festival of Wood and barrel Aged Beer festival at GI Wriglyville Nov 4th, 2006.
Huge brown head that is long lasting. Totally black. Nose has lots of coffee and lots of malts . The taste has lots of chocolate and even more coffee. Come to think of it, it has a lots of stuff. There si a sweetness but remains kind of bitter and sharp with cream. Good.
Pailhead (5567) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: Lots of chocolate, coffee, bourbon, light vanilla, and a hint of wood. Dark brown, with no transparency and a moderate brown head. Moderate chocolate up front with some light vanilla. Coffee is really only a backround flavor. Big piney hopped finish with some wood and moderate bourbon. It is a touch hot and toning down the bourbon flavors wouldn’t hurt. Technically, this is a tad over the top on the bourbon, but for some reason it still works for me. Oily and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old Sarge should be a great treat if it has at least fifteen more months to age in the barrel. This was thick and black with a brown head. Whiskey, coffee, and chocolate blended well in the nose. I like how the aging has muted the coffee in both aroma and flavor. Chocolate and bourbon with a splash of coffee. Whodda thunk it would taste this good.
<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve of Barrel Aged Beers, Chicago, IL 11/04/2006<font size=-1>
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served black and viscous under an oily, mocha head. Huge chocolate aromas mingle terribly well with the whiskey backdrop. Fat & smooth yet potent & overpowering. Thick, milk chocolate flavor with a double-shot of bourbon. I did not get any of the intense coffee character that is present in Mocha Java Stout, but... whoo. I can’t imagine what this will be like a year from now.
<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve IV, Nov. 4, 2006</font>