BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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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 (2576) - 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.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: The beer pours black with a medium light brown head. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and coffee. Rich body with flavors of mocha, bourbon, vanilla and roasted malt. The finish is roasty with a boozy cocoa aftertaste. Good beer all around.
jcartamdg (1441) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon. Taste follows the nose, chocolate, bourbon and slight honey in the finish. This is a really nice beer, I love the bourbon in it. Smooth for what it is. I could drink this all day.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber traded by Dak I think. Nose has bit of oxidation, then cherries and fuzzy warm alcohol. Big rich tart sweet and long dark smooth. Bits of coffee and vanilla and dark fruit. Very nice.
Phillies08Champs (620) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Damico’s. Pours black with nice head that lingers. Nose of vanilla bean, oak, leather and molasses. First sip is nice sutle coffee nots, with slight milk anf bittersweet chocolate. finish is nice with a coco flavor like a Wendy’s frosty.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Originally reviewed: 3/25/12. Vintage 2011. Missed the release of this one last year, but I was able to score a bottle from an in-person trade at the SC release this year. Bottle split and shared with a buddy. Poured my allotment into an Allagash chalice.
Pours a deep rich black. A luscious inch-thick tan head rests atop. Lace cascades down the glass edge after each sip. Pretty beer. The aroma on this one is superb. Big oaky vanilla notes, faint astringent ethanol, roasted malts. Really rich and pleasing.
The body is silky smooth, but deep. Carbonation gives a little spritz, but it still mellows out on the palate. Vanilla sweetness greets me at first sip. Smooth bourbon character with mild wet woody finish. Chocolate roast noted, but this gets edged out by more bourbon and oak. Sweet aftertaste. This was really good and actually surprised me. A really good BB-Stout that I will now make the effort to acquire at the release each year.
ekoerper (572) - Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: chocolate, roast malts, whiskey, alcohol, malt sweetness. Pours pitch black, tan head with good retention, leaves a bit of lacing. Flavor is more chocolate, good punch of whiskey/barrel notes, roast malts and some coffee, rich malt sweetness, medium bitterness. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Very tasty.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Highly anticipated collab beer using Old Hickory, Sexual Chocolate, and Duck Rabbit Imperial then aged in 23 yr old Pappy Van Winkle barrels. Aromas of toasted coconut, cocoa, marshmallow, and some rich whiskey in the back. Reminded me of the toasted coconut marshmallows. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, rye, marshmallow, cocoa nib bitter chocolate, and an aftertaste of coffee. Rich and complex wood notes were evident as it warmed. Amazing stout, smooth as can be.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful nose that only a pappy barrel can give off. Marshmallow, my best friend :) vanilla, oak, little bit of coffee and huge malt. The taste is super sweet and malty, very smooth and sweet, but just the right amount. This is in my radar as best beer of 2011. Wish it was easier to obtain.