DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
$9 snifter at the Taproom. Smell is cherry cordial, despite the idea that it is simply BB Aged. Taste is also, well, I’m going to throw in an overused word, but it’s "redolent" or what I think is cherry, but then there’s some vanilla coming in, and a bit of stickiness Finally, there’s the note of cognac and Bourbon that this strives for. Very smooth palate, the Stout part of this has mellowed considerably. I am aware that we beer raters Gove way too much weight to the heart barrel-aged stouts, but this kind of beer is worth every tick I can throw at it.
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good stout beer. Good notes and sweet Bourbon. Enjoyable, solid, happy to have tried it.
pete4999 (1414) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Very smooth, but definitely heavier than the Mean Gene I had had previously. Similar, the bourbon vanilla flavors had nicely imparted into the beer. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and such, like you’d expect.
dwm1034 (754) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DRAFT at RevBrew on Milwaukee in Chi-town. Pours almost black with minimal head and a burgandy edge to the beer on the glass. Evidence of the bourbon barrel aging comes thru the nose and initial tastes. Very smooth and full of flavors....chocolate; coffee; caramel....excellent!!
drsordr (2239) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to sampler at the brewpub pour opaque black with minimal head. Nose light bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. Fairly sweet in character. Taste similar to nose with more chocolate. The bourbon balances the flavor instead of overpowering. Oily mouth feel.
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5oz pour at the Revolution brew pub pours a murky black with brown edges and a ring of beige head. Nose has a lot of licorice, molasses too, the barrel is right there, caramel, plenty of vanilla, some raisin, some dried cherry, cakey, a bit boozy too. Flavor is like booze soaked chocolate cake, lots of vanilla, caramel too, brown sugar, rum, licorice. Full, boozy, sticky finish. Well blended.
markducommun (865) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark deep brown, black, small deep tan head. Vanilla, oak, deep molasses, some light coffee notes. Deeply smooth sweetness, some lightish amount of roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate in the finish, very long, dries out. The alcohol is reasonably upfront, but not out of balance. Low carbonation, heavy body, slightly oily. Really nice.
Ataraxia (481) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black color, moderate tan head. Chocolate, coffee, bourbon barrel, caramel. a little marshmallow, hints of vanilla. Some sweetness initially and then becomes quite woody and bitter. Lively but smooth, almost creamy and full-bodied. Long bitter finish with some booziness.
DialSquare (4203) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Local Cantina. Black pour, thin tan head and soapy lacing. Aroma of bourbon, sweet dark fruit, vanilla. Tastes are the same with a big tobacco, leather vibe. Well balanced, drinkable for the abv.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at NG Wild Peach release. Pour is jet black with a medium tan head that lasts for a while. Aroma and flavor of dark caramel, tobacco, bourbon, roasted malt, oak, spice, and slight vanilla. Finish is similar with a touch of booze. High carbonation for the style.