SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured black in color with a thin beige head. Aromas were of roasted malt, chocolate and creme. The wood was just a bit too strong in the midpalate as it took away from the creaminess that was trying to poke through. Hopefully this will be brewed again with more midpalate concentration to balance out the oak.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is deep black with a thin dense tan head...smell is sweet and chocolatey roasty with some faint hints of vanilla...taste is roasty and sweet with light notes of chocolate and a strong amount of wood flavors...the hints of char I picked up become stronger and stronger....good, but a little too charred...
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at Rock Fest.... poured dark brown, almost black with practically no visible head..... aroma had some nice bourbon from the barrel along with a milt amount of fruit..... flavor had a lot of barrel influence but it, ultimately, was very thin on the palate and watered down. chocolate and dark fruits were mixed in as well.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at Rock Fest ’08. pours dark brown with no head. nose of bourbon and cream. flavor is bourbon cream and chocolate, licorice as well. decent.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good lacing light tan head, opaque, millky creamy malt aroma rich barrel aroma, taste is nice malty good barrel character, some whisky notes creamy milky palate. A bit thin. Creaminess and barrel make this like an Irish car bomb. Very nice lighter stout with lots of flavor.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at RB – Yorktown. Poured deep, dark brown with a short, creamy cap of medium brown head. The aroma picked up a lotta freakin’ bourbon.. that booze rose above all else, with vanilla and lesser chocolates in the background.. more sweet, pleasant stout emerged with warmth, and made this much more enjoyable. The flavor had bourbon and vanilla at the forefront with very sweet cocoa-ey chocolates, other lightly-roasted black malts, toasted oak, and tubs of vanilla behind.. creamy finish with large doses of sweeter chocolates, bourbon, and vanilla.. tasty, but almost cloyingly sweet and thick. As creamy as a beer can possibly be on the palate and THICK!.. almost chewy, buttery creaminess.. worked well with the barrel as it warmed up. Solid brew.
ElGaucho (2387) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at brewpub. Barrel-aged version; has to be above the 5% ABV specified, although it is clearly not as strong as the BBA Argus’ India Brown Ale. I saw on the Ratebeer website that they were pouring this brew, which won the silver medal in the Classic Porter/Stout category at this year’s Festival of Barrel Aged Beers held a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t sample any of the five RB Yorktown brews during that festival and am glad I had a second chance. The description of this brew in the FoBab program reads "Cream stout aged 1 year in a bourbon barrel". Oddly nondescript aroma. Faint milk stout aspect in the nose. Opaque body with a large tan head. Served in a tulip and closely resembles the BBA Argus’. Quite a bit different though in flavor as the Creme Dreme is smoother, with sweet caramel and milk notes. Alcohol is more hidden. A little over carbonated, but very tasty.
DrnkMcDermott (2990) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Draft goblet. Interesting choice of a lower alcohol beer for barrel-aging, but it pays off. Black as any imperial stout, with a slightly thicker tan head. A bit of bourbon smell. Very silky smooth texture. Milk stout taste complimented by oak and bourbon. Light notes of root beer, in fact, has kind of a soda style carbonation. Some char toward the finish, with sour note of "staled" stout, too. No rough spots, though this tastes much stronger than advertised. Pretty drinkable as these barreled beers go. Silver medal at FoBAB 2007.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought that the original ale might be a bit light for barrel aging but was pleasantly surprised. It’s black (or, Onyx, as Tim prefers) in the snifter with a creamy tan head that engages in some slippery sheet lacing. The aroma is Bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, and some raisin. Still a bit thin bodied, the flavor mimics the aroma but adds some watery toffee, more dark fruits, and a splash of chocolate. Nice.
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