Ataraxia (385) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opaque black, thin cappuccino lacing. A bit subdued, but complex aroma of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, old oak, roasted coffee beans, figs, and rich earth. The bourbon barrel character has melded very well with the other elements, giving a smooth light sweetness. Bitter chocolate roasted malts in the back. Silky but viscous, a full-body and average carbonation. Lingering bourbon aftertaste in the finish with moderate booziness.
Homer321 (2050) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose full of vanilla with moderate alcohol. Minimal dark brown head. Taste is silky smooth vanilla with light coffee and dark chocolate. Minimal carbonation, sticky on the lips. Very smooth alcohol warming, but not hot. Very enjoyable, but not sure I would go crazy to get another
beechner224 (740) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer, he never lets you down! Pours black, almost no head. Aroma is boozy, chocolate, maybe some fruity notes? Certainty get the bourbon notes. Taste is smooth, lots of chocolate. really smooth. Again, I get fruity notes, really tasty. I bit of warmth as it goes down, but not significant.
DrewFace (849) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Pours a deep dark thick, black, color with minimal light brown head. Smooth, sweet bourbon aroma up front, barrel notes - oak and vanilla, big caramel, toffee malt character follows. Huge malty toffee flavor, lots toasty melanoidans, big bourbon character follows and carries through to the finish. Overall, very smooth, huge flavor, lots of boost and xo tasty.
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share. Smells like pappy. Some chocolate. Taste is smooth and dry. Pretty awesome. Smooth for a 13 and how old it is. Glad I got to try it after so long.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Strykzone (5043) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at dld eve. Wow, just wow. Amazingly smooth. The stout is amazing on its own but the whiskey barrel takes it yo a different level. The wood is just so nice. Ma relly nice feel. A superior beer in so many ways.
wchesser (1221) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from my first ever trade a few years back via jrallen. Huge thanks-I’ve been saving this one for a while! Viscous pour, deep black, but some translucency at the edges, not motor oil, but thick. Terrific bourbon nose, with dark and milk chocolate, and dark malts and vanilla. Plush mouthfeel, almost creamy. Bourbon, dried figs, vanilla, touch of coffee and dark malts. Terrific balance, not hot at all, super smooth and velvety. Wonder if the bourbon would have been more nuanced if I had drank this sooner, but overall it has held up wonderfully.
Experiment_Ale (1042) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
500th rating! Legit, I didn’t plan this it was an accident. At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours jet black with no head whatsoever. Aroma is beautiful fig some soft roasted malt notes. Complex, and nuanced caramel and brandy barrel notes(I know what it is actually aged in though), rounded subtle burnt sugar. Taste is rounded mellow bold flavors. Beautiful. Fuck yeah! Burn sugar coconut, dark fruits, figs, fuck yeah.
Thank you to kevin for generously trading this to me; F2Brewers is a stand up guy.
Steve_0 (2834) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Eric. Huge thanks for this one man!!! Pour is pitch black with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Big coconut, rich dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, bourbon notes, oaky, light soy sauce, caramelized sugar, raisins, and nutty aroma. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted dates, coconut, vanilla, roasted pecans, oak, brown sugar, and espresso with a semi-sweet finish. Slick mouthfeel soft carbonation. Very mellow at this point and no signs of alcohol. Such a fun beer to try and truly appreciative of the opportunity. Thanks again man!
BMMillsy (1488) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber in trade from zathrus. Huge thanks goes out. Bottle hand numbered 4,554 with a hand written bottle date of 11/19/2010, poured into a Firestone Walker Barrelworks Teku glass on 3/15/14. Pours viscous black with a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma is big vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coconut, wood, graham crackers, toffee, caramel. Kind of smells like vanilla bourbon rolos. Pretty awesome. Flavor is so smooth with chocolate bourbon, graham crackers, vanilla, coconut, caramel, oak. Finish is long with strong notes of vanilla, coconut, graham crackers, and caramel. Viscous and lucious mouthfeel, low medium carbonation. Extremely smooth and while the bourbon notes are there, this isn't super boozy at all. Just awesome. The main difference I see with this relative to regular BCS is the heightened coconut and graham cracker flavors. Definitely lives up to the hype, but not sure there's a reason to seek this out again when I can find BCS each year for much less. With that said, so glad I tried it once. A world class beer that deserves its reputation.