neongolden (409) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On tap at the brewpub, March 8 2014) Pours basically black with a small, tight tan head with a little lace. Aroma has big sour dark fruit, a reasonable amount of toasty wood, some bourbon and a slight sweet chocolate malt note. Flavour has lots of sour/tart dark fruit and a little roast malt up front with a bit of red wine character, a sweeter dark coffee/chocolate malt stout character makes its presence felt in the middle while the bourbon and wood builds into the finish, which is pleasantly dry and toasty with a lingering sour/tart fruitiness. Medium bodied with soft carb, silky smooth. Love the integration of the character of a sour with the bourbon wood notes and the underlying stout body is just powerful enough to be felt without overwhelming those items. Could sip this for ages, until the 11% puts one to sleep. Super.
Helsdon (158) - Toronto, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with thick head that leaves minor lacing. Smells of oak berries, bourbon and molasses. Tastes of toasty malts, oak, the bourbon steps in, booze and a little wine. Medium-high carbonation. A good beer. I think Nicklebrook did a better job with this type of beer with their Kentucky Bastard.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-02-15. Black body with a lovely creamy tan head. 5+ Aroma is lovely, sweetish bourbon and mild vanilla accented by a lightly tangy fruit character, pleasantly so. Flavour is similar, dark malt core, moderate bourbon throughout has a really interesting interplay with the sourness. 8+ Very smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Fantastic! On tap at the brewpub, Toronto
blankboy (6045) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Draught at the brewpub] Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small long-lasting creamy beige head and leone lacing on the glass. Aroma has lots of bourbon and wood along with sour fruit and hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavour: Wow, that’s interesting, bourbon and wood yes but also some fruity tartness and some roastiness in the finish. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. A big beer, awesome in small samples.