ineedbeer (1164) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Revolution.
Aroma is a balanced blend of chocolate, roast and dark fruit with various chocolate notes being most prevalent. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate are present. Light roast character. Dark fruit notes are raisin and prune. No hop aroma.
Pours black with a light mocha head with really good retention that clings to the edges. No lacing and big legs.
Flavor is also dominated by rich chocolate notes. Sweet milk chocolate, some dark chocolate and light roast upfront. Mid palate you get some esters and some vanilla. Lots of complex barrel character to this one - hints of bourbon, the vanilla, some almond. Finish has a bit of alcohol heat and more bitter, dark chocolate.
Full bodied with medium carbonation. No astringency and moderate alcohol heat. A lot of silkiness to this one.
Overall this is a really enjoyable beer. Great chocolate and roast malt character with complex barrel notes. The alcohol is nicely balanced. I could drink a few of these.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
burg326 (4601) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#79 for July 4th weekend. Poured a deep black color with aromas of deep bourbon makt, chocolate and vanila. Flavors are coffee chocolate bourbon earth and some bioze. Rating # 79 for July 4th.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2015
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Disastrously infected. Smells of tart red fruit. Flavor is all sour, some acetone, nothing resembling a stout going on here.
Dogbrick (9366) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Tomahawk Warrior’s First Birthday party on 06/06/2015: Jet black pour with a medium tan head that recedes steadily to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, fruity oak and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet chocolate and butterscotch, oaky vanilla, bourbon and fruit. The finish is sweet with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Not sure if it is supposed to taste this way but it’s alright.
radio_nowhere (1116) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bomber into snifter glass, opaque black color with thin dark tan head. Aroma notes of heavy caramel/butterscotch, vanilla, dried dark fruits, milk chocolate, marshmallow, whiskey and faint oak. Taste adds more milk chocolate, coffee mocha, molasses, sweet cherries, some wood char, bourbon and earthy bitterness. Heavy-medium body, light-moderate carbonation, soft with sweet roasty-booze finish. Doesn’t taste infected (not a diacetyl bomb) but it is a butterscotch/caramel bomb. Overall a interesting barrel aged RIS.
ctipping (132) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Black with a nice khaki head, Chunky collar. Smell is insane butterscotch. A little bit is ok, but this is nuts. Some roasted malts and oak behind it, but it really dominates. The butterscotch continues into the flavor. Some chocolate and lots of oak. Sharp flavor in the finish I can’t place. High carbonation. Medium low body. Not much good going on in this beer. I have never tasted that much butterscotch in a beer before.
jbruner (2920) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black from the cork and cage bomber with fluffy tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of sweet vanilla and oak under dark roast and chocolate, with a hint of dark fruity finish. Taste is more toward the bourbon, nice chocolate and vanilla notes with a spicy middle and boozy back end. Bubbly carbonation, impressive for a barrel beer, nice stuff.
JStax (3680) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle pour. The beer is a thick, oily black with a dark brown head of foam. The aroma has a huge marshmallow and coconut character thats loaded with bourbon and caramel and toffee notes. The taste is a combination of all of those wonderful characteristics in a fairly sweet and boozy masterpiece. This beer is one of the best ive ever had. Thick mouthfeel with a moderate level of carbonation. I wish I could get more of this.
DedicatedToFun (3913) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, black pour, tan head, nose is coffee, taste is boozy, chocolate, vanilla, awesome
dfinney23 (2236) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
All the expected bourbon barrel stout notes with nothing really pushing it over the top (or justifying the price tag).
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Beer Run, 5/2/15. Clear dark brown, thin creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, wood, caramel, raisin. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, wood, booze. Thin bodied, boozy, hot, slightly ashy.