Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Very malty aroma.
Dark, dark black, with a small tan head.
Molasses, coffee, bourbon. Fairly heavy.
Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation.
sloth (2568) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, gots the B on the cap, nice package! Pours a large brown head, lasting and plenty of lace. Opaque blackness. Nose of citrusy/piney hops and light whisky. Full bodied, slick on the palate and a tad sticky. Light whisky flavors, roast, faint chocolate, piney hops and some medicinal cherry notes. Big malty lasting finish. I,m gettin the almost 11% ABV now.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, toasty, smoky, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate, and a bitter spicy finish.
aaronh2012 (92) - 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 I’ve ever seen. I couldn’t even tell this was aged in a bourbon barrel. I’m pretty sure they aged it for a few hours in a barrel so they could justify doubling the price. If you’re looking for a very mild stout and price is absolutely no object, then by all means give this a try. If you’re intrigued by the Bourbon Barrel aging, then you’re better off with Micholeb’s version.
gkost (1710) - 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.
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.
Drake (9433) - 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.
nimbleprop (5329) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Dogfather, BA
Date: December 29, 2009
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: smokey roasted aroma, touch of sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate and dark caramel flavor, touch of roasted, just a hint of bourbon, earthyness along with the oak, long bitter roasted finish
Overall: way over the top with the smokey character
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
5000 (6299) - 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 @ Brouwer’s Café:   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 isn’t as heavy as I would like, but it is rather malty.   Lingering alcohol and bitter roasted malts.   Decent, but didn’t taste much at all of the barrel aging.   Could stand to be a bit more viscous as well.