illiniphil (101) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ouch black with a full dark tan head. Flavors are coffee, bourbon, a hint of dark fruit and bready oak (if that's a flavor lol). Crisp and dry finish with a reasonable abv make this a very drinkable and excellent stout.
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madvike (2374) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours black with a thick foamy tan head. Nose is mellow bourbon, marshmallows, and booze-soaked bread. Less pungent than I expected. Taste has a lot of the same character--sweet mellow bourbon, marshmallow sweetness, some milky sweet dark roast, a hint of ash, a bit of coffee, and a sweet warming finish that surprisingly transitions into a dry, almost ashy finish. Real thin with low carbonation. Would have liked more coffee flavor--it would help cut the sweetness a bit.
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, slight tangy, bready notes, hints of earth, grass, slight vinous notes, touch of chocolate. Taste is better, some slight tang into creamy dark chocolate, roast, hints of earth, slight oak, finishing slightly bitter, dry.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Arminís apartment. Thanks Armin! Pours a black appearance with a brown head. A bit twangy, light vinegar, metallic, chocolate, coffee aroma. Strong vanilla, a bit fruity, strong roasted malty, coffee, slightly twangy flavor. Flavor is better than the aroma but still not that great. Barrel isnít that forward. Ok.
demmbonz (410) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint bottle to snifter. Black pour with a nice thick creamy head. Some oak in the aroma. Muted bourbon flavor. Low octane. Mild flavored. Ok.
revtork (6) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kind of "beery." The bourbon barrel effect was muted and the stout itself leaned more to the ale side of the taste meter.
vlan1 (51) - Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from HawkerB. Pours dark brown almost black with a thin but persistent beige head. Mild aroma with Coffee and Bourbon being the distinguishable notes. Pretty even tasting. Mild Roast coffee, oakyness and a hint of bourbon. Fairly disappointing for such a highly rated bourbon stout. Not awful but by no means above average
keanex (1134) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body appears pitch black in the glass with a tall and dense dark tan head. The head has great retention, maintaining its shape for a bit with a sort of foamy texture.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit mild in strength, but the smell seems astringent coffee, coconut, cocoa, and bourbon. I wish the strength were more so I could really get more of what this is about.
Taste: The intro is mild bourbon and earthy coffee, the flavor builds by the mid-taste and adds some coconut. The finish is a bit oaky, slight vanilla, with bourbon present. The coffee is throughout, and lingers for a bit on the finish.
Palate: Full-bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: This is a good stout, but I expected a bit more coffee flavor. I didnít realize this was 5.3% until half way through, but my thoughts remain. This is a good beer though, I am impressed that they aged a 5% stout in a bourbon barrel and managed to not have it dominate. This is balanced nicely with good flavor, though I wish it were a bit more bold.
tmoreau (1916) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2013 On tap at the upper level brewery bar, and dispensed to samplers with a light ruby highlighted, black/brown color, with creamy, brownish tan head foam, and clingy waves of lacing. The nose was roasted, with chocolate, some coffee, creaminess, vanilla, and light bourbon. Woodiness, and a bit of smoke were also noted, along with a moderate hop bitterness, and some tanniny astringency, but was tempered by smooth malt. Medium+ bodied, with some dryness to the finish, and no real booziness to obstruct the full flavors developed after a two year barrel nap. Very nice finale to our tasting session! Thanks Scott, Bill, and of course Joe, who we missed this year. Recently shared a 16 oz. bottle with beer friends. Same enjoyable notes, with maybe more noticeable light grain/oats in the aroma, and silkiness to the mouthfeel. Just a touch less impressive than my initial draft encounter, but then again, that was just released at the source. Probably, it was the atmosphere, or the fact that I was on vacation!
AZmatt25 (5) - USA - OCT 19, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aged in 4 Roses Bourbon barrels to give it that slightly sweet and warming flavor. The best thing they have.