mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Mellow- mild malty aroma and black, thin pour with a muted taste of bourbon and mild aftertaste.
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Tstamba (386) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Cravings. Opaque black pour, ample tan head and lacing. Bourbon and vanilla bean aroma. Complex flavor profile, layers of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee... Excellent!!!
kevinsenn (1299) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Thirsty Monk. Rich vanilla and bourbon aroma. Great toasted marshmallow taste with bitter roasted grains. Smoky hints. Very nice.
Emeister84 (1338) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Brown-black with a somewhat lasting dark beige head. Pretty dry, chocolatey, well balanced, roasty. Full bodied, smooth.
radagast83 (5300) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Partisan. Poured a dark cola color, black color with a tan head. Aroma was chocolate, light barrel notes. Some bitter chocolate dominates with the character from the barrel aging coming through, but creating a very pleasant notes.
Travlr (14368) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Nice aroma of vanilla, dark chocolate. Taste has dark fruit, cocoa, vanilla. Tasty.
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft 7/8/14 (WOB North Hills- Raleigh)-Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt. Taste of the same with a big bourbon taste. This medium to full bodied brew was quite tasty but a bit light for this type of beer.
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Foothills. Black pour with fizzy eggshell head. Aroma is oaky and bourbon heavy with coffee ground. Flavor is slightly watery, heavily oaked with strong bourbon notes and a more muted coffee and chocolate flavor. They definitely let this sit in the barrel for a long time. Tastes pretty nice but sort of loses feeling like a stout.
Homer321 (2432) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Closed for Business. Listed as "pappy van winkle stout". Nose is lightly boozy with some vanilla. Pour is pitch black. Taste is a ton of vanilla, cream, and chocolate. Some light milky lactose character. Very smooth. Barrel still seems to dominate most any stout character and leaves the base beer a touch watery
solidfunk (4774) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not a huge barrel fan, but then again I can’t really see what the barrel adds to this beer. Especially using the Pappy - you’ve gotta figure if you use these barrels it should be well-employed. Finishes lightly sour. Some dark chocolate - not a huge beer. Tap at Churchkey.
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer has a near black appearance with a wispy head. Aromas of sweet malt, char, roast, booze. Too sweet and lacking bourbon character. I got excited when I read this was partially aged in Pappy van Winkle barrels, but this didn’t translate to the flavor. Thin body and a bit cloying. This one missed the mark for me.