KAggie97 (3533) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, rich mahogany with a thick, olive-green head that leaves thick chunks of foam on the inside perimeter of the glass. Aroma is a not-so-subtle of cedar wood and sour cherry and dark strawberry. Flavor is a foamy rush of bourbon, oak, cedar, coffee bean with an earthy finish. Nice and lingering on the tongue; not as thick and chewy as I would like but the flavors are intense enough to overlook that. Fine stout; Iíll have to buy more to see what this beer does over time.
TheDoctor (67) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful dark brown with large, long-lasting tan head. Aroma of bourbon and coffee beans and a hint of vanilla. Flavor similar.
gracefullypunk (667) - Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy! Gorgeous deep brown with tan head and plenty of lace. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, whisky and caramel. Tastes much the same with bitter coffee and bourbon battling it out in the finish.
Ughsmash (6722) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured rich, deep brown with a hefty cap of tan head. The aroma picked up charred oak, lightly-smoky bourbon, and crisp, fresh stainless steel over burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate.. some vanilla wafted through as well.. the metallic character really stood out to me, but it was somehow well-balanced with the stout. The flavor opened with tangy bourbon and lesser metallic character, with burnt black patent and coffee rolling onto the palate shortly afterward.. touches of smoke and vanilla accented.. quite dry and woody on the finish with coffee and bourbon. Medium-plus bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. a bit too sharp at certain points on the palate, but it left a memorable finish. This was a solid brew.
Ibrew2or3 (5823) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours very dark with nice brown head. The aroma is wood mixing with tart wine like barrel notes and some mild roastiness. The taste is chocolate, dark tart chocolate and some sour notes reminiscent of Alpineís Boris. It gets smooth into the finish with oak, toffee and caramel.
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The nose is very hoppy, at least while young, with some stout behind the hops, but not much. Taste is bitter and dry, with alot of chocolate. Definitely not the best aged stout iíve had, far from it. Very drinkable tho.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich diamond laced borwn head on black liquid. Rich dark chocale, espesso and light wood scent. HUGE mouth feel and flavour. Big ABV is assumed more than felt; just a warmth that slowly climbs. Big woody chocolate espresso beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black color thatís completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter colored edges and a two finger frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention, only slowly receeding into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Bourbon oaky aroma with lots of dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, toast, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, lactic creaminess and more bourbon. There is such a nice blend of oaky bourbon, chocolate and vanilla probably due to only 50% of it being bourbon barrel aged.
Very roasted silky chocolate maltiness with hints of bitter dark chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee bean, toast, oatmeal, dark fruits and subtle hops. There is a nice bourbon characteristic that is not too overpowering. Again, this is probably due to the fact that it is a blend of 50% regular version and 50% aged in bourbon barrels. Itís a nice change of pace to sip on a bourbon barrel aged beer that is complex and has other flavors shining through instead of being a hot bourbon dominated beer.
The roastiness is very prominent up front but is quickly balanced by the smooth silky lactic maltiness. There are a lot of sweet complex flavors going on here and the high ABV is very well masked. Only slight alcohol warmth in the finish making it very drinkable. There are some earthy bitter citrus hops toward the end which provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Recommended.
robforbes (1900) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a jet black with an extremely large khaki head, and good lacing.
smell is of prunes, and other dark fruits, some cocoa, oak, and sour malt.
taste is on the dry side, dark fruit, dark chocolate, malt, and bourbon, ends dry and a little bitter.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet and very oaky. Very strong oak flavour. It really dominates the palate. Finish is slightly malty and very dry. It hides the alcohol well. I can taste the chocolate, but I think the vanilla is a bit of a stretch.