MIBRomeo (2346) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 vintage.. thanks to Blake for sharing.
Black pour creamy tan head w/ some good lacing. Still dominated by alcohol in the aroma now some bourbon notes as well rather than just alcohol chocolates and a touch of vanilla. Still a 7 but a better aroma than the non BA stuff. Palate is a bit thinner than the non BA part. Flavor lost a lot of the great roast to it.. now its is mostly sweet vanillas and bourbon some chocolates lost that french silk part. Very nice but not as good as the non BA version.
dpjuart (974) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pulled from Nateís cellar. Thanks for sharing. Pours black with rimming film. Nose of chocolate, vanilla, raisin and licorice. Chocolate dominates with dark fruits, raisins, vanilla. Puckering and dark. A bit thin. No carb. Tasty. Chocolate, roast and raisin. Solid beer.
sliffy (2037) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, roasted notes, chocolate, some vanilla, and some slight woody notes. Flavor, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, vanilla.
1FastSTi (3150) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber via Bill. 2005 vintage. The beer looks much the same as the non-barrel aged version. The aroma is also very similar, except it has some sweet vanilla notes. The flavor, non-surprisingly, is also much the same but has strong vanilla laden bourbon. A bit young yet (glad I have another bomber). The one significant change from the regular version is the liquid caramel palate that was not apparent before. Nice texture, but I liked the standard version better.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 vintage, thanks to Blake. Reddish dark brown, sparse creamy light-tan head.
Bourbon soaked chocolate malt aroma. Licorice. Cologne, brown ale malt.
Flavor is also bourbony! A little too much so, but some palate acclamation makes it a bit better. Chocolatey malt, vanilla, licorice.
Pretty good, a little hot. Very drinkable nonetheless
3fourths (6939) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours regular black and dark brown colored body with a thin, filmy dark tan head which dies quickly. Lacks lacing and heft in the appearance. Nose is moderately strong bourbon and butter, some light char and wood, thatís pretty much it. Body is a bit too thin, flavor is a little thin and tinny, with more char, wood, bourbon and especially butter in there. Canít say Iím too impressed by this one, it seems a cheap knock-off of Full Sail BA Black Gold and Ottoís BA Jolly Roger, two of the better bourbon-aged stouts. Drinkable, not bad at all, but not one of the better barrel aged beers. Seems like just another íme tooí beer.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the tap
Aroma: light, bourbon, vanilla, oak, some butter notes
Appearance: dark brown, little head, no lacing
Flavor: light, alcohol, slight butterness, some vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak
Palate: very thin, strong alcohol, slight bourbon and vanilla aftertaste
Overall: at least on tap, itís more like a bourbon barrel aged imperial porter than a stout, too thin for a stout. Weíll see, as I also picked up a bottle to share with mjames.
Nate (3326) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. The aroma seems to have two strata. The first contains the elusive and wonderful notes of vanilla, coconut, oak, caramel, buttered rum, plum and spun sugar. The second has aromas of wet hardwood, cherry, licorice and toffee. Itís vaporous enough to affect the sinuses. Iíll have to set one down for a year or so and see how it matures. Very fruity essence. Dark black and oily with thin, dissipating brown head. Slight lacing. Heavy velvety body with medium carbonation. Big alcohol warming. It starts out sweet, with a rich maltiness laced with vanilla and rum, burnt coffee, molasses and caramel. There is a distant woody-oaken character here and following up of smokiness. After the initial sweetness, there comes a wallop of dry tannic bitterness. Good hoppiness but also a rough chalkiness or astringency that might have come from the barrel. Donít know if it was raw oak or an old bourbon barrel. Thereís also a big alcohol presence and you feel every bit of that 9.0%. The after has a nice licorice and nutty bitter flavor, though is still a bit harsh. I bet this will smooth out with a year or two of cellaring. Otherwise, this is a real treat, and the best Marzoniís beer to date.