Bendrixian (1188) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black color with good lace. Big malty sweet chocolate , esprosso grounds aroma with stewed fruit and vanillin as it opens up. Big. Rich. Boozy whiskey finish. What more can one ask for. Primo stuff.
peterschreurs (64) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I still believe that this is hands down the best bourbon stout in terms of year round availability at a reasonable price. It also happens to be a pretty decent stout. I’d probably give it a tad lower rating if it weren’t for those two reasons but I have to give credit where it is due when I can go into most every grocery store where I live and pick up a bottle at any time. That has to count for something.
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DerWeg (1533) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark brown w cognac highlights, fine tan cap. Taste blossoms with malty toffee, oak vanillin and bourbon caramel candy corn. Rich and smooth with a full palate that shows some dry hop balance. Fruit flavours of black raisin and very smooth alcohol.
Berard (356) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin creme colored head that dissipates. Mild chocolate aroma over light carbonation. Thick mouthfeel, bourbon vanilla flavors in a roasted malt stout. I bet this is nails on draught.
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Dr_Fellini (633) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown mahogany color with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is a pleasant light roasted malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Flavor loses a lot of the bourbon character, more of a light roasted malts. Lighter in body than most bourbon barrel stuff Iíve had. Lingering light roasted malts and a touch of the bourbon barrel. Decent. Nothing fantastic.
johnnnniee (2515) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a deep dark brown with faint garnet at the edges and a smallish bubbly beige head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of roast, caramel, vanilla, light wood and bourbon with a faint cardboard. Little to no hop aroma, this one seems a bit sweet based on the nose. The flavor is roasty caramel with hints of toffee, vanilla and light oak. Light fruity notes midway through with a sweet bourbon and brown sugar linger at the end of every sip. Medium body, light level of carbonation. Nice easily assessable barrel aged stout. The oxidation in the nose is a little off putting, but the beer is quite tasty.
CopterScott (161) - Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with very thin tan head. aroma is roast, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor is roast, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. soft carbonation and thick sticky mouth feel.
jsporrer (32) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It didnít have much of an aroma but it pours very dark with just a few brownish bubbles. I was looking forward to the variety of flavors it contained but was disappointed. The only thing that I could taste was the oaky bourbon flavor. It seemed to overpower everything else and the other flavors didnít come through. At almost $5.00 for a 12 oz bottle it wasnít worth the price. It wasnít very harsh for having such a high alcohol content but lacked in the variety of flavors I expected to taste. It isnít bad but just not nearly as good as I thought it would be.
robinvboyer (3298) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet woody bourbon, loads of roasted, charred malts and some very noticeable alcohol. Very full mouth feel with a super soft carb. The finish is quite sweet at the beginning and finished a medium bitter with a great not over powering at all bourbon, woody, vanilla finish. this is how bourbon barrel beers should be. Subtle, not massive barrel bombs.
KarenShuttle (11) - - DEC 9, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is it for me, this is my favorite RIS, they sure do charge a fortune for it at Midway airport... $17 for a 12oz pour. But why is it worth every penny? Itís deep and dark, smooth and sexy with all that and more, the ABV is noticeable but not in a bad way, the texture of the finish is just divine.