BoBoChamp (5758) - 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 couldn’t make a distinction between draft & bottle form as to which was better (and that’s 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 I’ve enjoyed since. I can’t wait to partake in the 2012 edition!
fletchfighters (1275) - 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 (3074) - 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 (5116) - 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 (4306) - 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 (9672) - 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 (2491) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 (1321) - 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.
Macegan75 (752) - 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.