ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a very dark cola brown color that looks distressingly thin. The head starts off at about one fingers of a light khaki shade, but settles down to a thin collar after a short while. Not much lacing, as expected.
S: No one note jumps out at me - rather, they tend to meld together quite well. I pick up some vanilla, touches of black coffee, chocolate, cream, molasses, and brown sugar. The bourbon presence is very subtle.
T: The first sip seems to reveal the bourbon tones, only for the second sip to wash over that with mild coffee notes. After vanilla initially opens the palate, it develops strong nutty flavors in the middle before it finishes with some bitter coffee and maybe a speck of roasted barley. I think the coffee is stale here - though to be fair, itís not the freshest bottle so Iíll let it slide. It doesnít have an annoying vegetal component, at least. Well balanced and enjoyable.
M: Itís texture is rather thin and even fragile, without much softness to make up for it. The finish is rather sweet and sticky; in spite of that, the drinkability is actually quite dangerous partly thanks to strong carbonation. The underwhelming body still kind of irks me, though.
O: I have two quibbles here: itís not very ístout-yí, and itís way too thin. Otherwise, this is a decent BA coffee stout that focuses more on balance than big, bold flavor. At its price, though, I probably wonít buy another bottle, except for usage as trade bait.
ScoWRee (408) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours as dark as night, Deep brown thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Very Oaky. Taste is very much oak and bourbon. Hints of coffee. Very nice Stout !!
Jrwhitney6 (432) - - APR 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Iron Abbey. Deep brown color. Nose of some coffee. Taste is mostly coffee with some subtle bourbon notes. A little less "bourbony" than other bourbon barrel ales that I have had. Very good.
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hershiser2 (1830) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with the tiniest bubbles of a brown head. Taste is thick chocolates, good alcohol punch, coffee, slight woodiness. Tasty
jkwalking05 (4534) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Black with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, smoke, oak, cocoa. Taste is of smoke, cocoa, vanilla, oak, and chocolate.
travita (4754) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The look is dark, tan head, black in color. The smell is coffee, malts, barrel, wood, chocolate, candy, and good. The taste is malts, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and good.
Darwenus (809) - Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Anything in Hardywoodís barrel series is worth investigating, and Bourbon Barrel Sidamo is no exception. This coffee stout pours pitch black with a thin, tan head. The aroma is a blast of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The flavor adds buttery toffee notes and the crisp, almost citrus of Ethiopian coffee on the finish. A really fine beer.
kidobutai (601) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a tap. Not the greatest head or lacing, but superb espresso tare and creamy consistency.
mike5326 (1503) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a tap. Dark brown color, medium frothy tan head. Sweet bourbon and malt aroma. Full body with a creamy malt flavor with a medium bourbon finish.
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tsd08460 (658) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: coffee, roasty, bourbon, oak, chocolate
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, coffee, bourbon
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
j12601 (9286) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BCTC 2015. Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head. Big bourbon, roast. Medium bodied, warm bourbon, soft alcohol. Warm and chewy. Wood, roast, chocolate, long bourbon on the finish.