troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Tap] Opaque black pour without much head on top. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla and light booze. Roasted malty taste is a little on the astringent side. Ash, bitter chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and tobacco. Alcohol becoming more noticeable in the finish. Seems a little thin for the barrel treatment. Wish it was a bit more balanced as well. Tasting notes from 12/2011.
arminjewell (6067) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap, dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, chocolate, slight oak and vanilla in there, hints of coconut in there, bourbon, touch of dark sugars, touch of dark fruits in there as well. Taste is big bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut, hints of earth, grass, slight caramel and toffee, finishing fairly bitter, slightly sweet.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, oatmeal, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, light lactose, bourbon, caramel, and roasted malt.
daknole (8913) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple samples at GABF. Nice dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma has great medium barrel notes, tahitian vanilla, dr pepper, toffee, plums, chocolate. Flavor is sweet with just enough roast and a nice dose of the sweet bourbon from the barrel. Charred wood and some asphalt. Really good stuff.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Big chocolate and oat scents. Taste is a creamy chocolate with a big roast.
jredmond (5246) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled with Andrew and Moreau at GABF 2012. It was almost unfair to try this after the XOCHOLATE (whatever) beer. It’s essentially a tamer version with most of the same notes (chocolate, bourbon, light vanilla, oak) toned down much more. Lighter body, not as syrupy with some slightly roastier tones coming through. With that being said, I still thought it was excellent and well balanced.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft... dark brown, almost black but for the edges that are much lighter...I like the nose, good balance of vanilla, bourbon, cream and coffee... taste lets me down big time, the base was way to light for barrel aging, super thin, watered down bourbon, don’t get any oatmeal stout at all
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GI Cly. A dark black with a thin head. Lots of bourbon in the nose. Coffee chocolate essence and something that’s kind of odd all overpowered by that booze. A good amount of that bourbon in the flavor. The chocolate and malts are overpowered but since I like bourbon I don’t mind. Decent.
ryanfolty (1831) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 28, 2011 tap at Clybourn. Opaque black with almost no head. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate and hint of vanilla. Taste was a bit of let down, but similar to aroma. Slight carbonation and medium bodied.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla up front before a nice cocoa and roast comes out. Some fruits, a touch of toasted caramel, and oak with a touch of alcohol heat. Flavor is similar. Bourbon up front with some cocoa and roasts. A light caramel, a good amount of vanilla, fruits, oak, and a bit of a bittersweetness to the cocoas before this finishes fairly dry with a nice chocolate, roast, and light bourbon. Just a bit warming before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Light body and a light carbonation. Overall, not a bad barrel aged stout. Nice balance between bourbon, cocoa, and roasts. A bit thin, but tasty.