ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark cola color that isnít entirely opaque. The mocha-colored head is nice and creamy, and about two fingers high. It fades down to about a half finger after a while, and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass.
S: Wow, this is sweet. There isnít much bourbon on the nose...but there is a solid oak presence, giving off very strong vanilla notes. Beneath the vanilla are strong chocolate and molasses tones. Aromatically, it strikes me as an enjoyable-yet-straightforward dessert beer.
T: There is a bourbon presence here, but itís pretty basic...the vanilla notes are massively bold yet they lack the additional subtleties of a BCBS or Parabola to make them stand out. I also notice touches of chocolate; otherwise, this is more or less a vanilla/tannin bomb. Even a single 12 oz bottle can become wearisome to drink.
M: Quite sweet, yet with a drying, tannic finish. Iíd actually reckon itís a bit too tannic on the back end, verging into mild harshness. I could also use a bit more body to properly support how syrupy the texture is.
O: Itís not undrinkable, however its sweetness is way too fatiguing. Even worse, the beer itself seems designed to showcase the barrel notes, but theyíre far too basic to really succeed at that, either. For about 6 oz, I thought this was pretty good; for the other 6 oz, I couldnít wait for it to end. So, if youíre gonna try it, make sure you split it with a friend, and donít expect BCBS.
ordybill (1225) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark, thick, black color with a medium sized tan head. the aroma is cocoa, oak and sweet molasses. The taste has a nice bourbon bite and brings in the cocoa and oak. A really good brew.
AndySnow (6378) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, bourbon.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, liquorice, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate.
screigh (625) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black. Almost no head at all. Almost 100% bourbon aroma. A malty bourbon explosion. Oak flavor with a dark fruit finish.
Alphadelic (2098) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick vanilla ice cream nose. Itís thick And delicious but a bit too sweet to be excellent. The vanilla from the barrel is the star all the way through. No real boozy heat to it which surprising and quite delightful.
jflopsu (1084) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with light brown head. A strong bourbon and sweet malt aroma. A very strong bourbon taste with caramel, sweet malts, vanilla and dark fruits. Definitely a really strong bourbon barrel aged beers.
crajun (1146) - , Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle to glass; couldnít read bottled on date; now in texas? pleasantly surprised as milk stouts are hit and miss with me but this was very solid - aroma has chocolate malt; app is dark with red on edges. taste was sweet - chocolate sweet; some barrel aspects. solid!!
daniele (7721) - ITALY - MAY 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap scura non molta schiuma cioccolato al latte buona luppolatura abbastanza resinosa leggero etilico
tightslice (817) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beltramoís in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is marshmallows, chocolate cereal, vanilla extract. Taste is creamy and mellow vanilla, chocolate with some nice warming bourbon on the finish.
bierkoning (12019) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 Bottle, thanks PotjeBier! Black colored. Malt, soft roast and abundant bourbon and vanilla in the aroma. Malty sweet alcoholic flavor with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Creamy, warming, Nice.
joeneugs (5441) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Artistic Table. It pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma has some anise, licorice and cola. The flavor is sweet with cola, vanilla, anise and coffee. A little wood. The body is a little weak for such a big beer. Decent, but not great. A little too sweet, simple and lifeless.