suprchunk (2238) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Calm pour of a black substance. No carbonation. No head. No lacing. Big coffee aroma. That is really it. Not a hint of wood, vanilla or bourbon. Tastes like a cold coffee. No caramel. No vanilla. Kind of a one-trick pony. Itís not bad, but it isnít what it says it is.
Davhgbrew (940) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice chocolate aroma. Medium to thin bodied. Nice crisp clean taste with a good amount of carbonation. Consistent body throughout with strong roasted coffee in the finish. Alcohol flavor actually mellows as it warms and hop character becomes more present. Fine drinkin Imp stout, but no apparent taste of bourbon barrel aging, which was fine by me. Enjoyable, well balanced stout!
S_Side_Smitty (457) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a medium light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla - maybe some faint coffee, as well. Taste is very smooth with mild coffee up front mellowing to a muted ,malty, molasses finish. Medium bodied and "wet" (nothiní dry about this one).
shigadeyo (3010) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
7/12/2013: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout... I love beer and a I love bourbon and believe that the two can go well together, if done right. However, I have never really liked the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale since the bourbon just completely overwhelmed the weak, insubstantial base beer. Regardless, I decided to give the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout a try to see if they were able to find a better balance between the bourbon and a stout base beer. We shall see soon, but Iím already having some reservations about this beer since the carbonation seemed to bubble and fizz away on the initial pour leaving a dull, dark brown liquid with no bubbles or head whatsoever. The aroma is more coffee than anything else and masks any bourbon that might be there; there is just a hint of vanilla. The flavor is mostly coffee as well up front with some vanilla, dark chocolate, cherry, and barrel char; the bourbon is much more subdued in this brew (unlike the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale), although this beer drinks more like a cup of coffee spiked with some bourbon. The accompanying flavors are good, but have a difficult time cutting through all of the coffee. Also, there is very little, if any, carbonation trapped in the actual beer, so it seems a bit flat on the palatte. Iím afraid the carbonation was like a flash in the glass from the pour which is too bad as it probably would have helped to open up the flavor to allow the complexity of this beer and the licorice, cherry chocolate, vanilla, bread crust and flavors come through the coffee a bit more. It would have also probably helped the body and mouthfeel of this beer is it seems a bit thin. I do like the barrel char that seems to run throughout the flavor profile though. Overall, I like this better than their regular Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, but I wonder what it would have been like if they had left out the overbearing coffee and just done a plain bourbon barrel stout...
12 fl. oz. bottle (ALC/VOL 8.0%) from The Party Source in Bellevue, KY. Rating #56 for this beer.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft from notes. Pours almost black with a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma is oaky bourbon with coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is light bitter and follows aroma. The alcohol is very welk hidden. Awesome beer, very enjoyable
DedicatedToFun (2539) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good stout on tap in Cleveland pretty light no head, not as good as the ratings here
Poobah (272) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish-brown and opaque with very little head. Nose of dark-roasted coffee and syrup. Mildly-carbonated with a thin, watered-down syrup mouthfeel, and a cooked brown sugar, coffee concentrate, black licorice, dry finish with some elements of bourbon.
Lemke10 (784) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a slight head. Scent is a little malty with hints of bourbon. Texture is thin for a stout but delivers a unique flavor. Quite a bit different than you would expect. Pretty good overall.
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Contemplatebeer, thank you sir! Pours jet black, small brown head that settles to a bright edge. Aroma of rich chocolate and vanilla, bitter espresso. Taste is dark coffee, licorice, vanilla, cocoa. Very nice.
jagad5 (66) - - JUN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bourbon flavor so strong in their ale was almost missing. Since Iím not a big bourbon fan that was fine with me. Thereís roasted coffee and a warm woody after-taste.