ekoerper (581) - 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 (2762) - 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.
Damico (2303) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours dark deep brown amber with a decent caramel tan head. The aroma is malty with light alcohol notes and sweet sour notes as well. The flavor is has a light infected, but enjoyed flavor. If not refrigerated probably would have brought a ton of black cherry, but the maltiness and light sour notes blend well.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of MarioRubio. Thanks, dude! (Sloppy mid-tasting notes.) Pours a deep, dark brown color with a cherry-cola edge; creamy, modest brown head with excellent lacing. Lots of red fruits, dark chocolate, and a soft, slightly burnt barrel character; a touch overripe. Medium-full body; again, lots of overripe fruit, along with vinous alcohol and a lightly oxidized caramel character; soft, lightly charred barrel and dark chocolate notes; balanced cocoa-y finish.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage. Black body with no head. Smooth burbon in the nose. Taste like the barrel. Very smooth and well balanced
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2012 From notes.
Enjoyed at a bottle share.
Pours a deep black with about an inch of thick, dark brown head.
The aroma is rich with chocolate, honey, dark fruit, and a little bourbon.
Very tasty, great chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, the bourbon is present but not hot and plays really nicely with the chocolate.
The feel was super smooth with a pretty full body and light carbonation that finished smooth coating the mouth leaving a nice reminder of the awesome beer just sipped.
Overall a fantastic stout. Defiantly worth seeking out.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. black pour with small tan head. aroma of cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and buttery caramel. flavor is of heavy dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, and rich bourbon..great
pushkinwow (1810) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bomber from bauermj. Black with a sizzly dark mocha head that doesn’t so much fade as fizzle away quickly to leave a feint ring of brown around the glass. Vanilla, oak and honey - quite sweet compared to some other BA stouts, bit of molasses, bittersweet chocolate. High carbonation, quite sweet, alcohol is predominant and prickly, smooth, becomes even sweeter with a bit of anise towards the end, slightly dry, bit of bitterness, becomes a bit more balanced on the finish but a little too sweet for my liking. Happy to have tried this and still worth seeking out.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle via trade). Pours black with an espresso head. Aroma has honey, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Warming finish with lingering roast. Not quite as sweet as I thought it would be given the addition of honey and I don’t get strong barrel as you’d find in rare or the eclipse brews. Actually, this is quite nice and surprisingly easy to drink considering the abv. I’ll have to make sure to search this out next year. Thanks to Jeff and Robert for helping me track this down!