Ferris (7699) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Lots of wood notes, bourbon and dark roast. Deep jet brown with a decent light brown head. Chocolate and raspberry, bourbon with light roasty notes. Cocoa notes and raspberry prevail.
kraddel (4567) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours black, small grey head . Smell is sweet, raspberries , dark malts . Smell is bitter , raspberries . roasted malts . Intense , very mixed . Nothing really has the upperhand . I love it !
tillmac62 (425) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOD 11/4/14. Pours black as a starless night. Normal head, lacing and retention for a barrel aged stout.
Nice nose of bourbon over bittersweet chocolate.
Light medium body with a very smooth texture that approaches slick. Light carbonation, which is normal for barrel aging, with just a hint of effervescence in the finish.
The flavor profile is intense, complex and somewhat balanced. Bourbon and alcohol dominate, but do allow the complexity to come forward. It begins with a slightly sweet blend of flavors that slowly separate beneath the bourbon. Tart raspberries lead, then flow into a light honey sweetness that yields to rich chocolate. In the middle, a slight bitterness emerges, that has an astringent alcohol bite, with a touch of roast, vanilla and oak over a rich honey sweetness - here is where honey is most evident. The finish gives that alcohol burn at the back of the throat coupled with a fading taste of bourbon and honey/chocolate sweetness over notes of grain alcohol.
djd07 (6058) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt, fruit, wood, vanilla. Thick mouthfeel with sweet roast, booze, chocolate, raspberry jam, really enjoyed this one.
rumproasts (4149) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Black with small head. Big stout with some bourbon and faint raspberry. On the boozy side, but still pretty smooth.
hopdog (9856) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz waxed bottle. Poured a black color with a small sized off white head. Roast, wood/oak, chocolate, vanilla, and lighter berries.
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of @jbwimer. Thanks man. Pours pitch black and viscous looking with a small creamy dark mocha brown head. Aroma of lots of chocolate, booze, and tart raspberries. Some roast in there, oaky vanilla bourbon notes. Interesting. Flavor is roasty bitter up front, fades into tart raspberries, some chocolate and booze. Pretty hot for 10%. The tart raspberries are a little strange intermingled with the roast here, but I tend to always have this response to fruit in my stouts. Super rich and creamy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation.
I’ve wanted to try this one for a while, and in terms of quality of the stout here it is top notch. But I think the fruit just makes it a funky experience for me. Fruit/sour/tart just doesn’t work for me with roast and chocolate. The bitterness is a bit much for the tart complement, and it makes it tough to put down more than a few ounces. Nevertheless, I’m pushing through. If you love fruited stouts, this is the bees knees. I recognize the quality of the craft here. These just never seem to hit my flavor spots.
fluffy (1947) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a very nice barrel aged stout, not quite as boozy as i thought it was going to be.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid fruity stout, though the berries aren’t nearly as aggressive or impressive as in Backyard Rye. Works well but is far from greatness.
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This brew’s raspberry syrup, bourbon vanilla, roasted malts and alcohol conjure up a sweet, Americanized chocolate truffle.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the brown-edged black.
-The raspberry aroma is intensely sweet. Fitting, but too intense.
-A light acidity helps cut out some of the sweetness in the end.
-This is quite the dessert.
On tap at the Olde Hickory Station.