DuffMan (9027) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ the brewpub, the first stop on TvM’s Bachelor Party Northwest Ale Trail Expedition. Okay, minus a point straight off for serving this in a schooner pilsener glass. Dark walnut brown, ring of white foam. Massive sweet rye aroma, eclipsing everything else. This is like smelling a bottle of Crown Royal! The same on the palate: hot, boozy sweet rye, with the base stout peeking out. Even with passing this around the group it remained unfinished.
Niall73 (2418) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, picked up while visiting Jacksonville. Pours dark brown/black with a ruby edge and an off white head. Fairly grassy aroma, dark fruity rum stuff, licorice and treacle. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Dark toffee, booze, licorice, light whisky, rum, hazelnut, lots of coca-cola and burnt toffee to finish. It’s a bit thin and the booze is slightly harsh but its OK.
JStax (4640) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft pour into a Belgian tulip glass. Pours a near black with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma is ashy and chocolate with some cigar character as well. Taste is sweet and ashy. As I drink it, I pick up more on the barrel. Big body and moderate carbonation.
Emeister84 (1987) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, some red wine, subtle burnt cherry, fennel. Black with a mostly lasting tan head, a little oily looking once the head fades. Dry, some astringency, earthy, woodsy, licorice and/or fennel flavors. Full bodied, boozy.
Huhzubendah (3379) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown near black bother you with a viscous beige head. Burnt toffee, ripe plum, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is a bit lacking. Sweet, finishing with a slightly harsh tannic note. Middle of the road.
UDBeernut (2567) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from total wine JAX. Pours the part of any ole’ imply stout. Big bourbon nose. Taste is wood, vanilla, bourbon, anise. Lighter body than many BBRIS. Mild booze burn, over all decent.
cobaink2 (389) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at beer junction. It runs really hot. Lots of pepper and Mexican vanilla and some cinnamon. Lots of bourbon flavor but needs some time to rest.
conway (2210) - - JAN 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Jet black pour with little head. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon barrel. Taste has a bizarre Windex thing going on and also adds some prominent vanilla on the finish. Not sure what’s going on here.
redknob (36) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Salty toffee nose. Dark black with good legs. Bourbon cask aging provides a burnt caramel flavour with strong sweetness.
WABeerFiend (380) - - JAN 16, 2015
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 Label date of 12.30.13.
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.04.14.
A: 2 finger tan head that retains well. Midnight black body with some red at the bottom.
S: Vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate.
T: Vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate dominate. Fig, very slight roastiness, and cherry are subtle.
M: Creamy silk. Perfect carbonation. Not too chewy, just perfection.
O: This is a well rounded BBA stout. It has complexity and is perfectly balanced. There is some alcohol burn on the back end. This is regularly $5.99 to $6.99 in the Seattle area, which is an incredible value.
EDIT FOR 2014 EDITION: Bottled 11.04.14. Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 03.14.15.
A: Bourbon, mint, oregano, bay leaf, plastic, and some milk chocolate. Wat.
A: Midnight black body. 2 finger off white head that recedes to foam and a large ring.
T: Mint, plastic, oregano, and bay leaf dominate. Woodiness, slight bourbon, and char are subtle.
P: Smooth and creamy,
O: This was such a perfect beer last year. The bourbon is barely there now. Mint and plastic dominate and linger forever now. What happened? I thought that my palate was messed up, so I ate some crackers and the same terrible flavor was there in subsequent sips. 3 bottles tasted the same and went down the drain.