JStax (3315) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour at the source. Pours a thick black with a beige head of foam. The aroma has roast, coffee, caramel, wood, barrel. Taste is delicious toasty sweetness. The barrel plays beautifully off the toffee and caramel notes. Thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Awesome beer.
tectactoe (2514) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Kuhnhenn: This is the new 2014 batch, released for Winter Solstice. Mostly black body with a thin, fleeting dark-khaki foam & collar. Roasty aroma with notes of mild char, bitter chocolate malt, toasted oak, hints of coffee, a slight booziness, & some very mild dark fruit. Lots of wood. Flavor is the same way - tons of wood. Not so much bourbon or booze, just plenty of spicy, charred, toasted oak. Very dry, & not as sweet as you might expect. Dry cacao bean, dry coffee, & dry, overly roasted malt. Only a touch of bourbon in the periphery. Despite the barrel aging, it’s not quite as robust or complex as it’s non-barrel aged brother. Earthy, dry finish with tons of oak & prickly tannins. Needs some sweetness for a better drinking experience. Otherwise, a good beer that evades greatness.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellared sample shared by FlandersNed (thanks!) at the brewpub. Strong aroma and perfect black appearance with a taste of chocolate, molasses and bourbon and a thin but warming mouthfeel.
Sammy (9057) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Bottle shared with the owner and FlandersNed at the brewpub. Wonderful. Dark brown. Some coconut, rich malt including chocolate. Rich and special. Not boozy
alexsdad06 (6101) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Small sample at Kuhnhenn’s winter solstice party. Thanks to masonjer for getting a sample for us on Saturday before we left. Pour was black with a small tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma was big bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood, dark fruit, and some Port character. The flavor met all of my expectations: rich malt, molasses, dark chocolate, bourbon is well integrated, vanilla, dark fruits, some woody hints from the barrel, with only a slight touch of the 14%. Full bodied with an oily texture. One of the few beers that sticks to the glass, your mouth, .... for a very long time. The small sample was truly a treat.
BigBeer45 (1282) - Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn’s, listed as 13.5% alc., a few gallons special released on Sunday the weekend of the Winter Soltice 2008, this was aged for two years, half glass servings (6 or 8 oz.) in a tulip glass, beer was black with dark ruby at the edges, there is no head, no bubbles at all, I swirled the glass and could not get any bubbles to wake up, it has legs that are evident and placed a film on the sides of the glass when swirled, aromas of Port Wine and/or cooked Port Wine (sort of like a Port Wine that has been simmering for while in a sauce pan, this is the only way I can describe it), chocolate, dark roasted malt, some faint fruit and bourbon aroma, flavor of dark roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, and dark fruit, some alcohol flavor from the barrel aging but not as prominent as some other Bourbon Barrel Impys I have drank, some alcohol on the palate but not much considering this is a 13.5% alc., mouth feel is a bit more than medium, little tingle in the nostrils from the alcohol, a very nice sipper.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at the 2008 winter solstice. Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, wood, spice, port, and dark dried fruits. Pitch black hue with a medium tan head that completely diminishes and leaves no head. Flavor is awesome. Notes of sweet molasses, dark dried fruits, dark red wines, and smooth bourbon. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. Fantastic and worth the journey. One of my all time favorites.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
small sample at kuhnhenns winter solstice party. huge thanks goes out to masonjer for having the cajones to ask skip for a sample on saturday and an even bigger thanks to alexsdad for drinking a third of the sample after one sip!...pours a pretty dark and viscous black with a thin film of light tan head that turns wispy fairly quickly. very leggy as it coats the side of the glass.... rich bourbon and chocolate aroma that takes on life as it warms to room temperature... sweet decadent chocolate, toffee, and vanilla flavors with a moderate barrel influence. extremely rich and has a oil like nature that completely coats the mouth. my excitement for trying this may have influenced my score but it was still pretty darn good.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
In short: A intense round and woody Imperial Stout. The best bourbon barrel imperial stout I’ve had.
How: From the keg at the brewery, not even on the menu but gratuitously offered to me by Bret, on of the brewer/owner. Thanks a lot buddy if you’re reading this, hope you enjoyed my little quebec treat.
The look: Black body with a few big bubbles acting as a head
In long: Nose is complex, not your usual bourbon-all-over-the-place fare. This one smells like molasses, wood, dark fruits, vanilla, earthy three roots and of course bourbon. Taste expands on the aroma and adds black chocolate, a lot of toffee, more vanilla, a strong roasted presence, burnt caramel, black liquorice, and probably more, I got tired of typing on my laptop and really wanted to savour the moment. Remarkably very little alcohol presence. Soft cask-like carbonation. Extra full body with a slight sticky mouthfeel. I couldn’t believe how easy to drink this monster was. IMHO this is one on the rare very successful integration of bourbon barrel in an extreme beer. This is what I was hoping the Dark Lord Oak Aged or Stone Bourbon RIS would be. One of the brewer/owner of the brewery went to the back and came back with that free treat for me because I looked like a beer geek (sitting by myself taking notes on my laptop and asking pointy questions). Once again proving the one true fact about acting like a beer geek: it may help get you beers but it will never help you get girls.
MrStitch (138) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at Kuhnhenn’s. First I have to thank Eric for sharing this special treat with me. Three Floyds eat your heart out... if Kuhnhenn’s ever bottles this Dark Lord is done. Pours a deep dark brown/black with a thin brown head that disappears into a thin blanket and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is huge, oak, bourbon, earth, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee all playing a part in creating this wonderful smell. Taste is stunning to the taste buds, like a desert explosion in beer form using every one of the factors in the smell to create one of the most even and well crafted beers that I have ever in my 32 years of life had the honor of experiencing. Literally every thing that you could taste in the beer you could smell as well and none of it was overpowering to another part of it. I really wrestled with giving this beer a 5 but to be honest it deserves nothing less and will get nothing less from me. Simply put... Absolutely Brilliant.