emacgee (4273) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks ucusty for sharing. Pours a dark inky black with no head to speak of. The nose shows mild oxidation, some whiskey, more vanilla character than I expected, alcohol, some acetaldehyde. The flavor has a nice barrel character, prominent whiskey, nice development of vanillins, alcohol, some sweetness, chocolate. The palate shows mild alcohol and a tannic barrel character.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle from Dchmelas super sixpack shipper. Thanks buddy! Black as night with a great creamy. Brown long lasting head. Chocolate, espresso smooth oak flavor. Bold! You will love this beer!
neepsntatties (1287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Git to try bottle #174/470 of this courtesy of "hannont". Colour... Black with a thin tan head. Nose... definitely whiskey as well as sweet, roasty and malty. Palate... nicely boozy, with oak, vanilla, brown sugar, Christmas pudding, strong coffee, dark dried fruits, burnt toffee and a delightfully long finish. So glad that it aged for 20 months. The Stranahan’s barrels obviously added a wonderfully complex character to this stout!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #387 Thanks to SecretSanta for this one!. Viscous black pour, thin chestnut colored head and perfect lace. Bourbon, vanilla, roast and hazelnuts. Dark fruit, roast, barrel, and oak tannins. Dry bittersweet finish. Alcohol is extremly well masked
BBB63 (6364) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at 2009 DLD: Pitch black with a small but lasting frothy head, okay lace. The aroma has notes of walnuts, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, molasses, and tobacco. The taste is barrel influenced for sure with lots of bourbon character almost overpowering the base malts and hops. A tad hot on the palate as well. Fair amount of coffee and molasses like twang upon the finish. The mouth feel is aggressive and warming. While a good brew, I would much rather have the Oak Aged or Regular Yeti over this.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Sample Date: 3/15/2009 Source:Other) Bottle 66/470 obtained at brewery. Caramel, dark fruits some whiskey, oak, and lots of roast in the aroma. Black with a small tan head. Deep dark fruit with whiskey and wood which is nicely balanced with a roasty sweetness. Vanilla and chocolate come out in a sweet finish with moderate bitterness. End includes a slightly astringent roasty warming. Fantastic.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at hellbilly’s holiday tasting. Thick black pour with a creamy tan head that lasts throughout. Rich roasty aroma of coffee, grain, malt, bourbon and wood. Rich complex flavor with all of the above some some vanilla and a touch of alcohol on the finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic brew!
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Superdave70 at hellbillys place. Pours a dark viscous black with a nice light brown head. Aroma is bourbon barrel, bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, roasted barley. Flavor is roasted barley, bourbon barrel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, malt, mouthfeel is creamy and a lot of nice barrel qualities are well integrated with this beer. An awesome beer made even more awesome by the barrels. Great Stuff.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by pantanap at DLD, thanks Kan! Black botdy with a decent brown head. The aroma is plenty of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. I didn’t get tons of alcohol presence in the nose--which I expected. The flavor is really nice with the whiskey coming through, along with the chocolate and roasted tastes. Thick palate with nice carbonation level.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks to pantanap for this. Pours a dark brown black with a beige head. Aromas of rich bourbon, oak, and alcohol. Rich malt flavors of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and bitter roast. The bourbon and malts complemented each other well. Rich and tasty. This beer rocks.