DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured into a snifter. My bottle just says "Bourbon Barrel Stout", but I think this is the right listing.
2.5 A: Black color. Huge foamy light brown head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. The second pourís head held better for some reason.
2.0 S: This is the second barrel aged brew Iíve had today and they both smell pretty damn similar and Iím not a fan of either one. This also has a plastic, lemongrass vibe going with it, but itís not as bad in this one. I wouldnít be surprised if the "bourbon" barrel used in this one was also Stranahanís given that this is also made in CO. I donít know if Stranahanís smells and tastes like ass or if the two brewers that got a hold of their barrels donít know how to use them. In any case, the whiskey (and the aromas mentioned) dominate the nose. The underlying stout offers a bit of roastiness, but not much else. Everything else gets lost behind the booze.
2.0 T: This is perhaps the blandest barrel aged stout Iíve ever had. The whiskey isnít very strong and the stout is barely there. Earthiness, lemongrass, and melon from the whiskey. Some oak as well. Roastiness from the stout, but not much else.
2.0 M: Lighter medium body. Too much carbonation. Lacking creaminess.
2.0 D: This is more like watered down whiskey than the barrel aged ESB I had earlier today. Not sure where the stout went, but itís not here. Bland and forgettable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-13-2012 01:35:31
BeerCast_Rich (1837) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Pours black with no head to speak of. Aroma of bourbon, some sweet toffee. No carbonation to speak of, the flavours are sweet and toffeeish, with a touch of aniseed. Leads into that Jim Beam flavour at the end. No real alcohol in evidence (other than the JB) 
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a black colour with a thin head. Huge Jim Beam bourbon aroma upfront with some roasty malt and toffee. Similar flavours with a long lingering bourbon character. Not too sweet.
cgarvieuk (12765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle ... deep black .... soft bourbon ... dark roast nose.... dark malts .... sweet roast .... quite a big bourbon .... toffee malt...
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle
Received in a trade some months ago I thought I would give this unknown brewery a try. Based on this sample I wouldnít mind sipping a few others. It isnít the greatest stout in the world but it does have enough character to be average to slightly above average.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base supports a thin head. Robust lacing creeps down the sides like sheets of ice during a winter thaw. Licorice, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and anise are the main drivers along with the vanilla notes that come from sitting in a bourbon barrel. Everything plays nicely with good balance.
Flavor / Palate - Black coffee washed down with an oatmeal bran muffin soothes the palate. The dry roasted finish is gentle but not forgettable. Tasting like slightly charred white toast it lingers before beginning to fade after a few minutes. The bourbon isnít heavy at all. In fact at times it takes some concentration for it to appear. Overall not a bad release although not one to age for more than a few months.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Peaty topsoil nose, little 91 octane. Dark ruby. Heavy floral bite, sweet finish. Bourbon? Oh there it is! Raw essence of bourbon, young and classy.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap @ Rockyard. Labelled as Bourbon Barrel Stout at taphouse. Deep black appearance with a brown head. Sweet, light bourbon, light oak, oaty, chocolate malty nose. Body is a little light for the style. Oaty, dark malty flavor with light oak and light bourbon. Pretty bitter, dark malty finish. One of my least favorite examples of the style.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from Coaltrain Wine & Liquor in Colorado Springs). Black color. Small tan head which is mostly diminishing. Aroma of bourbon and light oak. Flavors of bourbon, oak, and light malt and alcohol. Long duration. Light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Fizzy carbonation. Spare lacing.
bvc (1135) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle from crizzle. Dark rootbeer brown with a little bit of a tan head. Sweet cola slightly roasty vanilla and some peatiness and fresh plum going on. Lots of oak with thin body. Some aspertame in the after taste. I donít know that an oatmeal stout is the best choice for a Jim Beam barrel.
after4ever (5845) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22. pours clear but very dark ebony with ruby highlights. thin grayish rim. very mild slightly sweet nose. light watery body. mild sweet caramel and chocolate on the mid palate, a little bit of vanilla showing. mild finish.