aaronh2012 (91) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2009
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is one of the most overpriced beers Iíve ever seen. I couldnít even tell this was aged in a bourbon barrel. Iím pretty sure they aged it for a few hours in a barrel so they could justify doubling the price. If youíre looking for a very mild stout and price is absolutely no object, then by all means give this a try. If youíre intrigued by the Bourbon Barrel aging, then youíre better off with Micholebís version.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafť:   Pitch black, large light brown head, rather foamy, super sticky lacing.   Looks superb.   Faint oat aroma, pale cocoa and roasted malts.   Lil bit of a hop nose as well.   As it warms a bit of alcohol is noticeable.   Tart dry and a bit hoppy on the tongue.   Certainly roasty, a little cocoa, somewhat chalky.   Bourbon is very faint, if at all.   Has a slight sour aspect as well, but not much.   Body isnít as heavy as I would like, but it is rather malty.   Lingering alcohol and bitter roasted malts.   Decent, but didnít taste much at all of the barrel aging.   Could stand to be a bit more viscous as well.
nimbleprop (3875) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Pours an oily, opaque black with a very creamy, beige head. Aroma is of soft vanilla, citrus hops, brown sugar. Flavor has plenty of molasses, brown sugar, burnt toast, a little bit woody. Finish is dry with some coffee bitterness and some sweetness.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. The bottle is not labeled as Bourbon Barrel Aged, but the case is labeled. Pours black with full foamy brown head. Aroma roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and molasses with bitter dark chocolate finsih. With mild wiskey at the end.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Small brown head atop oily black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, vanilla, light grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate/caramel. Medium-full body. Minimal Bourbon qualities.
PostFallsJeff (2) - USA - DEC 11, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle into a goblet glass
Pours like used motor oil, as it should. Black center with ruddy brown trim. Thin dark head.
Hugh aroma. So much going on itís at my limit to pull it together. Wood and grains, big barley, bourbon(of course), coffee, toffee, chocolate and through it all hops vying for attention. Do not put this in a conical glass, us a goblet to get the full aroma, itís worth it.
Flavor so big it could bring the dead back to life All that the aroma promised and more. Wood and toasted wood, roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, caramel and more wood. Flavor opens up as the beer warms. I wonít refrigerate it as long again.
Satisfying and warming. Excellent winter beer.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Supposedly this is the bourbon barrel version, although the label is the same. Got this at Grape and Gourmet. Pour is jet black with a short, thick tan head. Aroma is big roasted malt, vanilla, molasses and dark chocolate. Light licorice throughout. Taste is strong licorice and vanilla, with more molasses, dark chocolate and burnt malt. Body is thick and chewy with bubbly carbonation and a pleasant alcohol warmth. Ends with more vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Bittercreek: Pours pictch black. The nose is bright and roasty with light oaky notes and ample vanilla, chocolate, coffee and other prerequisite imperial stout things. The flavor is balanced and delicious; not much in the realm of bourbon aged though. I like it when sometimes a barrel aged beer shows a good balance of the original idea melded with the barrel. Sometimes you get too much barrel though. In this case, thereís not enough. Itís great, but not enough different to be worth emulating.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ EcoBrew Fest - Pours dk brown with a small tan head...boubon dominated this brew in each sense, so I did not enjoy it quite as much as the original one...aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla and cocoa...flavour is similarly bold, nice bitterness from the oak and charred coffee, balances well with the dark malt...still a fun brew, but a terrific argument in itself for everyone burnt out on BA Imperial Stouts...
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Super bitter aroma and taste with a lot of coffee notes and a slight oak note from the barrels.