SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 draft @ brewpub - served too cold in a stemmed glass; oily black with long lasting dark brown head; just a beauty; after it warmed it up, drank this tasty brew quite quickly; chocolate, coffee, some nuts and very mild bourbon; full bodied and silky smooth going down; toffee, caramel, vanilla and coffee in the flavors; as it is blended, the barrel aging is not overwhelming an adds a sweetness and richness; an excellent offering from Pike indeed
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small tan head, decent retention. Murky brown color. Woody, choco nose with laid back bourbony notes, nice. Full bodied and oily on the palate, nicely textured. Choco roast flavors, bourbon coming through in a balanced manner, not dominating the stout flavors. Nicely woody and towards the end some citrus and piney hop notes pushing their way through. Fairly dry finish. Chocolatey, whiskyish and lasting. Would of loved more to gnaw on. A real treat! Props to wolfman Steve! Thanks bro!
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
black nutty oaty. brought back memories me of an angus steak beer. this would be a great pairing with red meat.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Swolf3. Poured the usual for the style, decent initial tan-choco colored head. Light chocolate, some acceptable oxidation, notes of wood with the vanilla notes only very faint and all bourbon-ness surprisingly and pleasantly in the distant distant background ( probably would have missed them entirely if I wasnt told they were in there). Thanks, Steve!
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2009 Bottle shared by wolf. Black in color, good head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, smoke and some chocolate. Taste was woody but in a good way. Also a nice smoke, light chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt taste. Very well balanced. A creamy soft texture with a low carbonation level. No trace of the 9.5 alcohol in there eithier. Solid beer, thanks wolf! ****Updat*** Just had another bottle shared by wolf-man 3008... This one was sour???? Definetly some brett yeast in there. Interesting take on a stout.. The roasted malts, chocolate and sourness kind of counter balanced each other... Wierd in a good way
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a nice tan head. Roasted malts, some chocolate sweetness and a light amount of vanilla. Dont get a lot of barrel in the aroma. But once the flavor commences I get a nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood and dry roasted malts. Light burnt malts and some underlying sweetness too. Light carbonation with a smooth creamy body.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a jet brown with a small head. Aromas of smoked meat and wood. Flavors of smoked meat, wood, vanilla, and dark booze.Very silky and highly impressive.
dsagoas (9) - , Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great bourbon aroma. Exactly what I was looking for. Dark black, and maintained its head well. Beautiful bourbon vanilla flavor matched well the chocolaty roasty stout. On the palate, there was a little too much alcohol bite to get a 5, but still smooth enough to get a 4. Overall, one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I have had.
damjadi (4) - Kaiserslautern, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice firm head with earthy/chocolaty aromas. Warm and woody flavors with the chocolate/bourbon notes caressing the tongue over a nice malt backbone. Wonderful mouthfeel and a smooth finish. An instant classic!
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a frothy tan head. Nice woody aroma with vanilla and roasty blackened malts. Medium body and smooth. Dry, blackened malt flavors at first ala 5x stout, but with a big bourbon, woody vanilla taste which gives this brew its own unique character. Very good. Bottle pour and draft at Bigwoodfest.