Doghair (217) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 I don?t get much aroma but the flavor is huge. Chocolate, cherries and bourbon. It?s like dessert in a glass. Becomes a little bitter as it warms. I preferred it on the cool side. I?ve never had anything like it. Outstanding!
Garlic_of_Doom (343) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dennis, thanks!
Pours black with a small, thick brown head.
Aroma is bourbon filled to the max, some raisin and a tart (woody?) note as well.
Taste has bourbon, raisins, cherry liquor praline, marzipan, figs and alcohol heat.
Round and full bodied, soft carbonation.
The woody dry after taste is surprisingly short.
OPIE788 (216) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with a dark tan head. A bit of coffee, cocoa, booze and bourbon in the nose. I got coffee and unsweetened coco followed with all the barrel notes. This is a solid beer with a big bourbon barrel flavor. I loved it but if bourbon isn’t your thing be careful.
zach8270 (3173) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Tons of roast and chocolate in the aroma with a ton of bourbon sweetness, coming from the mixture of all the barrels. Lots of bourbon in the flavor over top of the bitter roasted malts. Sweet vanilla finish.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, brought to me by Grippitis. Near black, viscous pour, tight brown crown. Sweet rich aroma with roasty elements (coffee, cocoa) and barrel elements (treacle, vanilla, wood). The palate is vey full bodied, fudgey and malty, bitter coffee, sweet bourbon, toasted coconut, boozy undertones. Delicious!
umich03jm (1498) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared at Jeff’s. Pours black with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aroma is heavy whiskey and oak, maybe some light cocoa and ash. Taste is very boozy as expected from the aroma. Whiskey, charred oak, vanilla, and just a touch of sweet chocolate. Remains pretty smooth despite the heavy whiskey booziness. Good thick mouthfeel too. Definitely a sipper. Solid BB beer but just more bourbon than I like in my beer.
tectactoe (1053) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: thanks, Jason! Deep brown, very close to block with a khaki colored head that’s quick to foam up; nice & frothy as it slowly settles to a thin film & ring around the glass. Aroma has some notable whiskey up front with a multigrain underbody; notes of wood, dark cocoa nibs, light roast, & a hint of delicate syrup. Alcohol presence is large on the nose... Taste is similar with a big kick up front of tannin-heavy oak that’s been soaking in bourbon & whiskey for a long time. Light cocoa, slightly charred, with mild notes of coconut (likely from the barrel aging). Brown sugar & faint maple syrup come out with warmth, leading to a wood & whiskey filled finish. Lightly astringent. Despite the boozy presence, it never gets too overbearing. Certainly a slow sipper, though. Would like a thicker, more "round" mouth feel, but it’s quite tasty.
wchesser (989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a trade with rxeight-thanks man! Black pour, medium viscosity for the style, pretty high carbonation. Lots of bourbon elements on the nose, vanilla, oak, some booze, along with dark malts and coffee. Taste follows...pretty standard only stout, not complex but tasty. B+ just needs some more body to push it up.
pcstuck (57) - Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla, sweet chocolate, caramel and bourbon on the noise with a coffee brown head. very drinkable with a good amount of carbonation. Vanilla and bourbon on the tongue with a bitter chocolate Finish that lingers around. You get the alcohol earth on the finish as well. Good beer for a cold night
ryecatcher (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a stouty, opaque brown-black, smallish espresso colored head with so so retention, good lacing. Nose is cocoa, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, whole lotta barrel. Mouth is medium sweet and sticky, thick and chocolatey, dried fruit (dates and figs), some vanilla, roast, boozy goodness. ABV is sorta hidden, but this is cold right now. Perfect beer for this Siberian-esque Chicago evening, with the mercury dipping well below zero, howling winds and enough snow to make even the most hardened Midwesterner reconsider moving to somewhere like... oh, I dunno... Hawaii.
JStax (2567) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a thick, viscous black with a decent sized head of tan foam. The aroma has notes of vanilla, booze, some fudge, maybe a little Oreo. Taste is sweet, chocolatey, and boozy. As it warms, more vanilla character comes out. Big bodied with lower carbonation. Thick mouthfeel.