hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Bourbon, vanilla, roast, chocolate, and caramel.
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 maroon wax top bottle shared at the RBNG by Phatdog1. Awesome aroma of cocoa, roasted malt, cinnamon, vanilla, dark fruits with a beautiful bourbon barrel oak on top all of those aromas.
Flavor is just as rich and lives up to the aroma! Deep elegant bourbon notes ingrained with the rich dark chocolate, graham cracker, coffee beans, and a little wood/oak character in the backend. hints of spice in here as well.
Overall this Barrel aged Strong Ale drinks like an imperial stout. Body is thick and creamy with a velvet smooth character. I feel like I need to take a flight out to Seattle. This brewery produces really wonderful barrel aged brews.
AdamChandler (3589) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Incredibly dark black oily, smooth light head.
S - Whoa. holy chocolate bomb, cinnamon and spices. a lot of awesomeness on this nose.
T - Holy more chocolate! Wow. Tastes amazing. Super roasty. Just like a dessert of christmas spices
M - Silky smooth. sweet and full of flavor.
O - This is amazing. Not as great as KDS but still remarkable.
jcartamdg (2439) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage, pours brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel. Hot but still really tasty.
andrewje41 (1338) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour. Pours dark with strong Bourbon aroma. Complex flavors with vanilla wafer and butterscotch. Sweet, smooth finish. Great beer.
pushkinwow (2243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle from an IP trade in Seattle but I can’t remember who. Dark brown with a nice brown head that mostly fades. Vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, light oak, smooth. Mild carbonation and moderate body, boozy and sweet, some toffee.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Bottle: Very deep brown, almost appearing black with a light-tan colored head that swiftly wafts away into nothing. Aroma full of bourbon, oak, & an underlying, spicy vanillin-woody sweetness. Lighter undercurrent of cocoa dust, toasted caramel, & sticky molasses. Taste is packed with creamy, silky bourbon, almost more on the sweet side & not very hard (good thing). Plums, black cherries, molasses, caramel, maple syrup, & burnt brown sugar round out the flavor profile, leading into a heavier wood, bourbon, & vanilla finish. Lightly spicy from the barrel... Though the booze is certainly present, it remains dangerously drinkable thanks to a nice, balancing sweetness. Very nice ale.
UDBeernut (2168) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle pours deep amber, ample khaki head. nose is full of bourbon and booze. chocolate, caramel, vanilla, with a solid bourbon finish. full body, creamy. high boost. luv it.
vtafro (4828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Super bourbon aromas, some light spices. Flavor is bourbon heavy, some chocolate and caramel but no spice left.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. Bottle share courtesy of Bytemesis. Thank you! Huge aromas and flavors of vanilla, nuttiness, toasted coconut, caramelized sugar, creame brûlée, creamy chocolate and BROWNIES!!! Tons of Bourbon Barrel-Aged character. I love this style! Full bodied, rich and creamy, with lower carbonation. In comparison, sweeter and richer then Kentucky Dark Star.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...