Pailhead (5067) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, mint, bourbon, and alcohol. Itís dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate-heavy coconut, vanilla, and bourbon. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oh my goodness. Almost like deinking whiskey here. Heavy booze and some oak to go along with hops an roasty malt character. Not sure I like this one.
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deyholla (6992) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a hazy dark brown with a brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a note of coffee and roasted malts with a good amount of bourbon coming through. Flavor has creamy coffee and roasted malts with some bourbon coming through in the finish.
Tmoney99 (11075) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured black color with small brown creamy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate malt, bourbon cherry wood aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: Deep brown with a frothy tan head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, pipe tobacco, and leather. Any note of hop has evaporated with the angels share. The taste has twangy bourbon notes but you can still get most of the base beer character of coffee, chocolate and cola. A slight peppery and very heavy oaky tannic finish. The mouth feel is oily and ashy, very soft and a tad thin. Different but I like the non barrel version far more.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at SmallBar Divison (Chicago, IL). A fun rate considering our recent visit to the new Journeyman Distillery. Pours a rich blackish pour, near opaque with ruby edges and bottom. Again a huge brown head sits atop, cakey and laces well, sticks around fairly well, chunky film by the end that laces a-ok. Aromas are strikingly different than itís base, offering more sweetness, a ton less on the hop scale. Oak, vanilla, faint spirit. Touches of coffee, roast, earth, and cocoa sneak into the fold. Young spirit, that telltale Journeyman flavor I remember on the nose. Gentle coffee. A bit more muted. Initial is thicker, a heavier end of medium bodied offering healthy roast, coffee, cocoa. A good deal of vanilla, oak, and gentle warming spirit. That telltale Journeyman flavor, with a good deal of vanilla and oak, but low heat/spirit. A touch of cola, more muted gentle coffee, roast. More creamy, the hops are dead, oak gives a good deal of flavor. Overall, itís tasty, flavorful, the barrel is light. The hops are gone. I actually preferred the base overall. I think specifically the lower score than the base here is the fault of the Journeyman barrel, a friendship (Greenbush + Journeyman) Iím excited about, but wary of with Journeyman being so young (and yes, Greenbush is young too.. But spirits in barrels is a whole different beast) and having such strange flavors for myself (Based not just on this beer but my visit a few months ago to Journeyman).