ben4321 (3863) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Bottle at Max and Andy’s Fantasy Tasting, 5/1/10
Aroma: Rich nose of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, and a little wood
Appearance: It pours a jet black, almost oil-like pour, with a smallish brown head
Flavor: The taste is rather rich, malty, somewhat sweet, and a bit boozy as well
Palate: This beer has a rather full body, it is thick and oily, and a had a lightly hot finish
Overall, the bourbon is there, but doesn’t completely overpower this one. I guess I wasn’t very surprised, as the regular version was rather big, so the barrel aging wasn’t going to overwhelm it, just add to it. It works well on this beer, and this beer works well as a whole. Good stuff.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep brown with a huge tan head. Nose is light Bourbon and chocolate. Flavor goes a bit ashy and burnt. Medium mouthfeel.
brokensail (10795) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: After getting through way too much wax, the nearly black pour into a glass gives off far too much tan head, and it sticks around forever. We had to wait for about 10 minutes to be able to take a sip. Points off for the annoyance factor.
S: Once the mountain of foam died down and I was able to sniff it, I picked up plenty of roast (not surprising given the nature of the base beer). A mild vanilla note, oak, and some alcohol.
T: The roast is again the main flavor component here, with some definite alcohol flavor, maybe a bit of bourbon and rum, and some astringent oakiness. There is a lingering bitterness as well, from the high level of roast.
M: The body on the beer itself is nice--medium in nature. The carbonation is surprisingly moderate, given the volume of head produced.
D: This was a strange beer all around. Good, but not great, and the amount of foam still confuses me quite a bit. I would have liked more spirit character and a little less of the intense roast.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black with fluffy brown head, aroma is dark fruit, nuts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is nice and complex, dark fruit, nuts, coffee, chocolate, in the beginning, leading into vanilla and bourbon, with a bitter roasted ending. Very nice BA stout, subtle, but tasty.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by daknole -- thanks!! Pours a roasted coffee color with a trim brown head. Smells of cream and oatmeal. Tastes of toasted malt, cocoa beans, and coffee. Really smooth and subtly flavored by the barrel. Almost chalky. Heavy on the oatmeal. Totally decent.
daknole (9053) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly black pour, very big tan head. Aroma has lots of milk chocolate, barrel goodness, roasted malt and maybe a slight coffee hint. Flavor has great bourbon, chocolate, toffee and a light bitter finish. Nice stuff!
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Bottle - Thanks Buckeyeboy!!! - Pours an opaque dk brown with a medium dk beige head...aroma at first has a wet dogginess to it, but slowly gives was to carob and cocoa, vanilla, soft oak and lt bourbon...flavour, once you get past the ridiculous carbonation, is smooth and creamy vanilla, bitter chocolate and burnt wood, a fair amount of barrel presence with a lingering bitterness...this definitely has some room for improvement...
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Bottle, Pours black with a beautiful, big tan head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel,molasses, and a hint of booze. Medium bodied. medium carbonation. Not very balanced. Need some age!!!
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Max and Andy’s Fantasy Tasting. - see rating for regular version. Add to that extra aroumatic woodiness, bourbon, roast, chocolate really comes out. Smooth body and extra creamy. Adds even more astringency, however.
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 2013 375ml bottle 635/1400. Pour has a nice look in the glass again with a thick sturdy brown head that retained well. Aroma has chocolate, hazelnuts, nice roast, light lactic, and a juicy sweet punch of bourbon. So far really nice and rich with complementing bourbon and no off notes at all. Flavor again is nice and rich, juicy bourbon barrels, roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts, and light hop touches. This is not thin at all like the first release and has nice complementing barrel notes. Much better this time around, I will adjust the score to reflect this bottle.
bottle poured such a dark brown it appears black with a nice covering of brown head that comes right back with a swish of the glass. aroma has creamy dark chocolate, medium roast, hazelnut, toffee, vanilla, and some bourbon. this seems to have retained a lot of the character of the base beer without the bourbon overpowering it. mouth feel is solid and coats with some lactic quality and a low side carbonation. flavor brings in some of the richer malts, dark milky chocolate, mid range roast, vanilla, barrel wood, and of course bourbon. I like the fact the beer itself can shine and the bourbon is an enhancer rather than taking this over. I liked this almost as much as the regular version and think some of the flavors here were even better but it seems the barrel has thinned this back and I am not sure if the enhanced flavors are worth the loss of body. All that said a big accomplishment for this brewer at what I believe is there first go at a barrel aged beer. 7/3/8/3/16 = 3.7