Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
650ml bomber poured into a pint glass. I’ve been aging this for a year, and after reading multiple reviews stating it wasn’t aging well, I decided to see for myself. As expected, even pouring slowly, it poured pitch black with a huge, frothy head... and when I say huge, I mean HUGE! I can already tell there’s something wrong with this. Aroma is malty, woody, but overall metallic. Flavor is much of the same. I can tell this had some major bourbon and chocolate undertones, but they’re too heavily masked by the metallic flavor. Palate is over-carbonated and dry. Sadly, I didn’t drink the whole thing. Overall, very promising beer that turned out to have something wrong, maybe an infection.
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.
Crel (37) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet aroma that reminds me of bubblegum ice cream. Jet black with a long lasting head. There is too much foam. Extremely strong alcohol favour with flavors of oak and bourbon being prominent. The palate on this beer is terrible, it practically evaporates on the tongue because it is so overcarbonated. There is definitely something strange going on with this beer.
Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 from 22 oz bottle. Restrained nose -- not much there. Still the same even after it warmed up a bit. Nice balance and very smooth. Couldn’t really detect the wood on it. Bitter finish. Not too bad, but probably not quite worth the hype.
MegaMaltMan (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Tasted okay on tap at Nov. 2008 WABL party, but purchased bottles of this beer in both 2009 and 2010. In all cases, whether opened right away or aged, the beer was infected (unintentional sour) and had to be drain poured.
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!