Leighton (11319) - London, Greater London, - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London. Many thanks to Bruce. Pours oily black-brown with a thick, tan cream head. Roasty malt nose, rich bread, toast, dark fruits, raisins. Big sweet flavor, rich dark malts, some torched wood, a bit of hard alcohol, sturdy roast, ripe dark fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation, lightly warming finish, some dark chocolate, moderate roast, dark roast, dark fruits, raisins especially. Lovely beer.
beastiefan2k (2478) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taster at brewery. Headless black beer. All bourbon aroma. The beer seems thin under the bourbon. Flavor supports that belief. Thin undercarbonated beer flavor with nothing but bourbon. Thicker feel on the tongue. Nothing original on this and not fun.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
ineedbeer (784) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle, vintage 2014.
Aroma has a nice, sweet oatmeal character with quite a bit of chocolate. Light roast not with moderate bourbon and oak character. Some light dark fruit character.
Pours black with a moderately large, fairly thick, mocha head that slowly but steadily recedes upon itself while lingering on the edges.
Flavor is similar to the aroma with a moderate sweetness that gives way to a large chocolate and oatmeal character. Some medium light roast and faint ash. Moderate bitterness with moderate bourbon and light oak. Light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied to full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Nice creamy and silky character.
Overall, another really nice beer from Fremont but I think I prefer their B-Bomb. Nice oatmeal and chocolate notes with well balanced bourbon character. I feel like its missing something though.
vtafro (3563) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Nice sweet malts. Chocolate and toffee flavors, oak and bourbon tones. Sweet and smooth.
Caskalefan (149) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An absolutely wonderful example of a barrel aged oatmeal stout. Luscious, creamy body. Deep, dark chocolate, cherries, huge (but not too huge) bourbon, caramel, nougat, coconut and raisins, with a lengthy finish that is on the sweet side, but tempered with enough dryness to compel another sip...and another...and another...
jsnicholas (173) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (22oz 2014 $19): pours dark brown with nice one finger light brown head. Aroma mainly bourbon. Taste is bourbon and lots of chocolate but not overly sweet. There are other flavors too, but chocolate dominates. Some tasted malts too. Very nice evening desert beer.
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man! Pour is deep brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Big coconut, caramel, brown sugar, light spice, cinnamon, oak, and chocolate in the aroma. Taste is rich chocolate, coconut, bourbon, caramel, some brown sugar, toffee, and raisins with a light roasted bitter finish. Slick mouhfeel with soft carbonation. Good.
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s whale slaying via BA trade. Black appearance with a dark brown head. Cinnamon, dark chocolate, cararmel, oatmeal, bourbon nose that’s nice. Not super thick. A bit boozy. Really nice chocolate oatmeal cookie flavor. Delicious though it’s not that thick. Great beer.
Travlr (12279) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of JefVerstraete, thank you sir! Extremely dark maroon color, beige head. Aroma of big bourbon, vanilla, licorice, burnt espresso. Taste is sweet roasty vanilla. Nice.
tderoeck (4861) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG III (Gent) - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2014-742) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, small irregular big bubbled head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, sweet, bit sugary, alcohol. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: lots of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, little bitter, some chocolate. Aftertaste: lots of vanilla, more caramel, sweet, milk chocolate, dried fruits.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep near opaque hue with fading frothy tam head and some lace. Noyes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate fudge, roasted coffee and some golden raisins as well. The taste seems sweeter than its counterpart I think because of the vanilla aspect of the beer. Oily and slightly thinner bodied as well. I still liked it but I liked the base version better.