rangerred (976) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours jet black with a thin tan head. A decent sized ring is left around the edge of the glass on top of the beer.
Coffee is very prominent on the aroma with a lot of roast and caramel along with a healthy dose of chocolate which surprised me a little bit. A somewhat subdued vanilla not but I can’t really detect much bourbon. Nonetheless a very inviting aroma.
The flavor has lots of coffee and caramel up front but not in as strong of dose as is present in the aroma. Almost no bourbon at all but rather vanilla, chocolate and caramel. All of the flavors are a little bit thin but they work well together. Roast and char lingers long after the other flavors have cleared up. Mouthfeel is quite thin for the style with a light bitterness and a lingering stickiness.
Overall, a good coffee stout but not on par with Founders Breakfast Stout and roughly the same price. If this becomes available in TN I will gladly pick it up because of no alternatives. In other parts of the country, however, there are better alternatives.
Christpuncher (1573) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent bourbon barrel stout. Really smooth and balanced beer strong boboim flavor. With a boozy finish. Had a draft.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
czar (4934) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
pours unclear medium dark brown, red tint, with a reviving light beige cap, minimal retention and lacing. stale coffee, roasted grains, roasted acidity - almost tart; citrus, pine, booze, plain dark malts akin to a poor black ipa, spicy berries, tons of pepper, cigarette buts, hint of vanilla. light carboantion, light body - slightly watery - clearly lacking for style; acrid and ashy-coffee finish. disgusting.
redtechnj (235) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance- Ink black with a thin off white head, below average lacing.
Aroma-Roasted malts, bourbon,coffee.
Flavor- Coffee, roasted malts, Chocolate, smoky oak, slight hint of bourbon.
AdamJackson (3080) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2015
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
12oz bottle, split 2 ways at fridge temp. Pour is pretty dark but not pitch black. 1 finger head that fades to nothing. lots of coffee aroma, roasted malts a bit of chocolate, almost any barrel. This is just not good. sweet, fake pretty bland. almost no mouthfeel at all. tiny barrel presence, very weak. sadly, not good.
hoplover66 (33) - SPAIN - FEB 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Espuma cremosa que desaparece rápidamente. Aroma de café, licor. Sabor tostado, café, alcohol, especias, se intuye un poco la madera del bourbon. Poco cuerpo, carbonatación baja. Postgusto bastante breve más bien dulce. No está mal, pero el precio es elevado para lo que ofrece.
Gearz (36) - Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2015
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from bottle. Lovely jet black color with no head.
Coffee taste immediately up front but completely lacks any bourbon or
boozey after-taste that should follow a bourbon barrel aged beer. As a matter of fact, this tastes little more than cold coffee!
Wouldn't drink this again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
chinchill (2473) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle allowed to warm to about 50F then served in a snifter.
A: A very dark ruby-brown that is black in the glass but with reddish highlights at the edges when held up to the light. It starts with about a finger of light khaki head that quickly settles to a ring.
Aroma: Vanilla, roasted malts, light coffee, toasted bread, bourbon barrel and faint chocolate. Aroma is the strong point of this ale.
Flavor: lightly sweet. Bourbon barrel adds some vanilla, toffee, faint wood and, of course, bourbon. aftertaste
Feel: Carbonation is low. Body is medium. Smooth but with a light astringency. Some warming.
Overall: a good ale but only average, at best, for a Bourbon Barrel Stout.
Reginasaur (1) - Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee, Hints of caramel, touch of bourbon. A bit underwhelming overall, but definitely good. Just not worth 12 dollars for four 355 ml bottles.
rondphoto (2472) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Nearly opaque dark brown color, beige rim head, thin streaks of lace that drop back in the drink. Aroma of malt and bourbon. Taste is carbonated malt with the addition of alcohol on the swallow. I smell the bourbon, but I don’t taste it. Actually a simple brew, easy enough to quaff, but not memorable.
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark espresso appearance with thin khaki head. Smoky, coffee, Bourbon, molasses and oak notes. Full-bodied and full-flavored.