mcberko (5919) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 22 oz. bottle, sent from Pabobcat (thanks a lot, David), pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is very complex, with moderate bourbon, cocoa nibs, an vanilla - the bourbon quality is what amplifies the complexity. Flavour is extremely complex, with lush, deep bourbon barrels from the Pappy Van Winkle barrels, cocoa nibs, a touch of vanilla, an low-to-moderate sweetness. Quite rich and deep, with extremely high complexity. Fairly medium bodied for a big BA impie stout, though very full flavoured - could use some more body but that is a very minor complaint. Really reminds of Goose Island Rare BCS, as thatís the only other Pappy barrel stout Iíve had thus far, though this one isnít as complex. A most fantastic, highly complex sipper.
probstblueribbon (2853) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber via Lubiere (merciful), shared with Mike et al, cool, tulip. Very deep brown with a so-so mocha head. Huge chocolate, molasses, licorice, vanilla, some bourbon and wood character, inky, thick and ricb, kinda fruity, so big, a little alcohol. Medium-full body with fine effervescence. Quite a bit of bourbon and wood, molasses, tons of chocolate, licorice and molasses notes, some booze, really thick and rich; sweet with decent bitterness, a fair bit of warm, almost stinging alcohol and a long, molasses, slightly briney finish.
appgrad22 (29) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very very well balanced. Little to no head. Aroma is hypnotizing and the bourbon flavor will age well. I've got 2 that I'm gonna save for a few years.
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mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Incredible changing aroma and thin black pour lead to a complex taste with almost fruit tones that melts into a lingering and pleasant mouthfeel.
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BoBoChamp (5353) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, Vintage 2011 (brewed at Foothills Brewing), exclusive American collab. brew, with honey, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not to heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!
8balls (12) - Winston-Salem, USA - NOV 4, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So far in my ale journeys, the 2010 edition of ORF has been the perfect brew. This tasted like it was the best of the imperial stouts that Foothils, Olde Hickory, & Duck Rabbit had to offer in a perfect blend. I was able to enjoy it in bottles and on draft, and to be honest, I couldnít make a distinction between draft & bottle form as to which was better (and thatís uncommon). The bourbon comes through just right in both aroma and flavor. This was one of the 1st BBA brews that I had, and it has been the benchmark for the many that Iíve enjoyed since. I canít wait to partake in the 2012 edition!
fletchfighters (1028) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured black. Just slight bits of red tint at the top of the beer. One finger light brown head that quickly fell to film and then disappeared. Just a small bit of lacking.
S-- Good nose. Bourbon, oak, Carmel, Vanilla, Chocolate and some earthy hops. Really nice staying power of the nose. Maybe best part of this beer.
T-- Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate and more earthy hops. Good taste to this.
M-- Slick and oily. Body is a bit thin but quite good. Not as good as taste and nose are. Spot on carbonation and feel to this. Really felt the barrel added a lot to the base beer.
O-- Not as good as BCS rare but a good substitute. Well hidden alcohol and a lot of flavor to this. Only real failing is the body, as a bit thin I thought. Still a good BA beer and if can not get BCS Rare a very good substitute with the PVW barrel.
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bmanning and another by Lunch. Thanks Ben & Paul!
A: This collaborative effort appears a rich, dark brown, nearing black. There is about an eighth inch of beige head that leaves random traces of lacing about the glass.
S: The aroma is bold, with scents of bourbon and roasted malt. No surprises here.
T: The flavor is the best aspect of the beer, as it should be. Olde Hickory, Duck-Rabbit, and Foothills play well together. Everything comes together nicely, with roasted malt and bourbon flavors bold, yet balanced. The barrel presence is very strong and forward throughout. Complex and tasty.
M: The feel is medium bodied, with a slight sweetness and alcohol presence throughout.
D: I would definitely have this again. Tasty stuff.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-20-2010
BrewDad (4772) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer Bloggers Conference 2012
Dark black in color, dark brown head. This was a thick bourbon barrel flavor and aroma mixed with chocolate and coffee flavors and aroma. Big big beer this was.
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. It pours a very dark brown color with a brown (almost purple?) head. The aroma delivers on everything mentioned in the description. Tons of chocolate along with noticeable sweet honey, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Extremely rich smelling. The flavor is powerfully sweet and surprisingly tangy with chocolate, black coffee, honey, prunes and some nice bourbon and wood near the finish. Not much roast in this one, and its a bit sweet with a weird tang that throws the flavor a bit off for me. Still a very tasty and quaffable brew.