j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at EBF’s Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazy black. This thing is all chocolate and roast. A little sweetness, more roast and caramel. Not bad.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by argo0 on 12/13/09: Pours an oily opaque with a well-lacing beige head. Aroma of doughy biscuity dark caramel malts and a hint of dark chocolate and lots of fresh grapefruity hops. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and chocolate malts with some alcoholic warmth and resiny hop notes. Not much bourbon character, but still has good dark chocolaty complexity.
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours mahogany with ruby hues and full tall mocha head. The aroma is roasty heading into burnt malts and some oak. The taste is a bit bright with dark to burnt malts as well as oak notes. By midway some mild chocolate notes combine with bourbon sweetness. The sweetness doesn’t last long as oak, roasty malts and faint dark chocolate dry it out some into the finish.
markwise (4646) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours midnight black with a dark tan head. Nose is bourbon, booze, band-aid, burn, and roasted malts. Flavor is smoke, roast, some booze, some dark chocolate, and very little barrel. Not my kind of BA Stout.
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black and thick like oil. Aroma and flavor are a mixture dark chocolate, hops, some dark coffee, wood and bourbon. While a complex flavor profile, it was kind of rough - but perhaps with some age it will smooth out some. Still, a very tasting and interesting brew.
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours pitch black with a brown head into a snifter; nice frothy lacing. This is a great looking beer; one swirl and the head is back in full force, unusual for an imperial stout in my experience. Obvious bourbon presence in the aroma; vanilla, soy sauce, roasted malts and coffee, dark chocolate. Quite a bitter profile with a solid roasted malt/black coffee backbone with notes of pure cocoa. The bourbon comes through a tad too sharp in the finish, but it’s still pleasant with burnt sugar and an ever so slight touch of vanilla. Mellows and smooths out wonderfully as it warms with earthy and sweeter dark chocolate notes coming to the forefront. Full bodied with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. I liked it much better in the bottle than on tap. Far better brew than the normal version in my opinion. Incorporating the boozier and richer notes in this version in place of the abstract salinity of the original... nicely done. Cheers to Laughing Dog.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky oily thick black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some bourbon. Flavor is dark rich and complex. A little bitter from the roast, but also some interesting hop undercurrents adding to the complexity. This was a tasty beer and would probably do well with some age.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown. Nose is whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, roast and big smoke. Flavor is charred grain, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, wood and whiskey.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep dark brown color appearing black in the glass. Medium brown head shows fair head retention and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, light fruity notes. Taste is roasted malts, nuts, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, leafy bitter hops. Medium bodied. Curses to the brewery for making NO distinction on the bottles between the bourbon and the regular version, but despite the confusion, I’m glad I managed to get one of each. This definitely is a bit drier on the taste and more drinkable that the regular version.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from grape & gourmet. for clarification, the cases of this brew were labeled by the brewery as "Bourbon Barrel Aged" although the labels are the same. pours a deep black with a huge, thick, cocoa brown head leaving a thick sheet of lace down the glass. aroma is great with big notes of roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and toffee with hints of dark fruits including raisins and dates with a slight hint of vanilla and woody bourbon. honestly, the aroma leads me to believe this was actually in a barrel at some point. let’s see about the flavor...i have to be honest, the flavor is delicious and i think i enjoy this one more the the non-barrel version. big notes of dark chocolate, roast, and molasses up front with black coffee, licorice, and smokey wood coming through along with hints of earthy hops, vanilla, and a definite woody, bourbon finish. palate is full bodied and maybe a bit too bubbly carbonated for a big impy stout but remains sticky on the palate and is not overpowering with the alcohol. overall, although the barrel qualities are subtle, i honestly believe this brew is a nice improvement on the delicious base dogfather.