GIJOE (469) - Monterey, California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a foamy, brown head. Nose is sweet Mexican chocolate. Taste is sweet. Thinner than I expected. Surprisingly light for 8%. Quite nice.
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arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at Rackhouse, dark black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big caramel, toffee, hints of dark chocolate in there with a hint of coffee, roast, slight bourbon and oaky tones. Taste is a mix of bourbon, oak, slight earth into roast, coffee, sweet caramel, brown sugar, finishing sweet, slightly bitter.
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Davis Graduate
Black with small tan head and light some lacing. Aroma of coconut, vanilla beans, bourbon and oak. Flavors of roasted malts, coconut, vanilla, bourbon and woody
Very nice, a lot going on but well balanced
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at this mud hole in East Bay called "Beer Revolution." Geez, the patrons here are straight out of a Mad Max movie. Pours a beautiful opaque black with a rich, dark root beer colored head. Head retention is less than average. The marbled swirls of root beer brown that sits atop the black liquid looks so rich and inviting. Coffee, caramel, and brown sugar comprise the aromas. Mouthfeel is a little thick, but not viscous. The hop/carbonation interaction creates a bit of a burn at the finish. Bourbon, chocolate, and coffee in spades. No booziness. Though I wouldn’t expect a lot at 8.8% any way. Decent barrel aged stout. Could’ve been hopped a little more lightly and carbonated less for a more sippable beer.
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Pours very dark brown/black with a tan smear. Aroma is chocolate bourbon. Full bodied. Flavor is chocolate/vanilla/bourbon/oak. Very pleasant and tasty.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color with a khaki head. Mild bourbon on the nose with a lot of oxidation, some oak, and a bit of dark fruit. Moderate roastiness with a touch of coffee grounds. Flavor is a bit better. Still oxidized, but a bit more bourbon and wood flavor along with roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit notes. A bit thin with surprisingly high carbonation.
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty sweet aroma. Deep black in color with tan head. Nice bourbon and wood notes.
wchesser (1002) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark with some medium dark foam and coffee colored foam. Nose is pretty boozy chocolate. Usual suspects of chocolate and dark roast coffee nose. Same in taste, full bodied and generous palate. Chocolate presents itself as more sweet with some milk notes. Bourbon is definitely there. Pushes all the envelopes without overstepping the bounds...in other words it’s big, but pretty well balanced. Very enjoyable.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Big Wood ’09; dark brown with silky chocolate colored head; thin, dry and oaky; very little sweetness with roasted nuts, mild baking chocolate and oats; only a little bourbon is noticeable; bone dry finish
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ SD taproom. Pours a viscous motor oil black / brown with a filmy chocolate head. Nose holds cocoa dust, vanilla, sweet oak, and a hint of bourbon. Flavor is bitter sweet chocolate with dried black fruits and faint booze. Its nice to see a bourbon barrel beer that’s not over the top, well done.