Dogbrick (8119) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask version at Winking Lizard’s 5th Annual Real Ale Fest (03/23/13): Dark brownish-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Lots of roasted coffee in the nose plus some malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and subtle bourbon. The finish is roasty with a mocha aftertaste. Above average overall.
Earlier Rating: 12/11/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Sample at the release party at Aficionado’s. The beer pours brown-black with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, malt and dark chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of sweet roasted malt, chocolate and oaky vanilla. Subtle bourbon. The finish is sweet with a mocha aftertaste. Above average overall.
wxman (1426) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque nearly black with a thin tan head. Rich roasted malt taste of chocolate, espresso and caramel. A keeper.
maxwelldeux (3662) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a small head. Nose has some bourbon on it, but not too strong; the roasting of the stout does come through. Taste has some roasting and coffee with just a hint of bourbon coming through. Not bad, actually.
AndyW68 (1069) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with off white to tan head. Aroma is bery faint. A little coffee and a little sweet. Taste is burnt coffee, sweet and dry finish.
Patrickctenchi (3646) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cola-ruby-brown with a quick dark head.
Unusual, initially off-putting scent....Slightly decayed coffee grounds...
Flavour is sweet coffee, dark chocolate, roast...
A slight tang from the barrel...sharp carbonation.
Not much bourbon, but a very nice tasting stout...pity about the aroma, though.
hardypc (39) - - FEB 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is something different being a coffee bourbon barrel stout. Unlike other bourbon barrel aged beers I have had, this one picks up a slight amount of bourbon flavour, but this one is more steered to the coffee flavor. A smooth finish with the aroma and taste of coffee give this stout something different. The color is nice and dark and pours with a nice head formed on top. Almost want to add a drop of cream to this delicious stout.
queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Rotted/decomposed vegetal and ashy aroma. A little coffee under the rotted smell. Black brown with a thin tan head, almost no retention. Coffee malt, ash and a little tart oak flavor. Light watery body, lively carbonation.
NeoHippie2 (991) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad, but the bourbon flavor is way too subtle, if I wasnt actively searching for it Id think this was just a coffee stout. That being said, still a decent brew just needs to be left in the bourbon barrels a little longer.
beermomz (20) - USA - FEB 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, thanks Andrew. Should be called a coffee stout, lots of coffee taste but very little bourbon. The bourbon came through a little after it warmed up. I don’t typically like coffee stouts but this was smooth and didn’t have the bitter aftertaste.
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn, people have been rough on this one lately. I had some of my wife’s draft at The Lackman, served in a snifter. Pours a mostly opaque dark brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma of coffee and rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, sticky toasted brown sugar, vanilla, and mellow bourbon and oak. The flavor follows the same lines. Unlike the KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, the barrel takes a backseat to the malts, which are very roasty here. The body is thin, with moderate carbonation. Aside from the ABV - which is right on the line - this doesn’t seem like an imperial stout. Not bad but I wouldn’t order it in lieu of other bourbon stouts, if available.