Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 Bottles courtesy of both Sliffy and JSquire. An imperial stout yes, not a Russian. Another good example of a bourbon barrel aged. But I would like some other tastes besides bourbon. The stout is black, the head is off-white and gourgeous with bubbles. There is active carbonation. Seems a slice thinner than the non-barrelled.
BeerandBlues2 (9376) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 263 of 900, 2006 courtesy of ragallachMC. Pours near opaque with a reddish hue and virtually no head, what is there is light brown and fizzy; agitation creates some fizzy spotty head/lacing. Aroma is moderate malt (cookie, roasted, nutty, caramel and milk chocolate), light hop (perfurme), light yeast (leather) with notes of raisin, prune, dates, cask wood, maple syrup and alcohol. Flavor is initially light sweetness, moderate bitterness and acidity, sour and salty then finishes lightly sweet, moderately acidic and heavy bitter with an average duration. Roasty malt with a hoppy presence, dry near the end and perfumey alcohol with some milk chocolate notes. Medium to full bodied, creamy and velvety mouthfeel, slightly flat and a heavy alcohol finish.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the brewpub. Served in a small snifter. This beer is black, with a smallish head. The aroma is dominated by alcohol. Beyond that, I can smell a little malt. The body is medium to heavy, with alcohol dominating the flavor profile. Beyond that, I taste chocolate. In an essence, this is like a chocolate liqueur. Good, but not as great as I expected. Too much alcohol flavor and aroma.
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pitch black with a tan head. Aromas of roasted grain, vanilla, and bourbon. Vanilla, chocolate and roast flavors, along with bourbon that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Excellent beer
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours black with a nice frothy brown head. Of course it was poured too cold, but I am patient. At colder temps, the aroma has lots of chocolate, vanilla, and dark roast. As it warms, more the of bourbon and alcohol dominates the nose. Nice carbonation and silky mouthfeel. Not too thick, not too thin. Flavor was not as roasty as I was expecting, but has flavors of vanilla, mild roast coffee, and oak. Nice bitterness on the finish, along with pronounced bourbon notes. But the bourbon was not hot and charcoally, as with other BA beers. This was good. In fact, I had seconds. Worth seeking out.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Tremendous. I don’t like most barrel aged beers I’ve tried. I find Oak Aged Yeti to be mediocre at best and Mephistopheles to be a bit unpleasant. This beer is what barrel aging should be, a flawless harmony of stout and bourbon. World class.
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at the brew pub, pours a deep black color with a thin tan head that goes away quickly and never returns, not even with a nice swirl of the snifter. aromas of roasted grain, vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon. decadent flavor that warms your entire mouth with the pungency of the bourbon that marries with the roasted bitterness. great mouthfeel, not nearly as thick as one would think. excellent finish of caramel, coffee and a fabulous alcohol warmth as it hits your stomache. awesome beer that lives up to the hype.
IndianaRed (2315) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BottlePours an inky black with a remarkable lack of head of anykind. Weird, almost disturbing. Nice soft woody burbon aroma. Some chocoalte and vanilla as well. Flavor is a nice balance of sweet chocolate, licorice and vanilla again with just the right amount of the burbon notes. Nicely balance in that way. The hoppiness is just right as well. Palate is moderate but veryt soft and smooth. Not over the top in any catagory, just complimentary. Thanks again to OhioDad for this one.
pinkzambia (1427) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle, Batch 2, 344/900: Delightful! Black with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, butter, and brown sugar. The taste is great. It is sweet hard candy, peat moss and alcohol. This is one of those brews that could easily be a regular during the winter season. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this OhioDad gem with me.
BuckeyeBoy (2607) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz Bottle Batch #2 bottle 344 of 900. Pours out a black topped small tan head. A very nice aroma of oak and vanilla. Great tast and very smooth. Thanks Indiana_Red for this GREAT one