burg326 (2326) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle, poured a dark black color, with aromas of oak, raisins, bourbon, chocolate, and some vanilla. Flavors are the same, however a touch of oxidation, very little carbonation, if you have a 2008 bottle I would suggest drinking it sooner rather than latter.
TheEpeeist (2819) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 oz bottle, 2008. Dark brown with a single layer of tan bubbles. Nose is chocolate, oak and bourbon with bits of raisin and molasses. Milky medium body with a tang and some heat. Taste is quite nuanced. Obvious chocolate, bourbon and dark caramel; suggestions of cantaloupe, fig, coconut and black olive. Great complexity; this has aged beautifully.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Lost Sailor
Date: May 08, 2010
Source: Tasting, Simpson Satisifier
Appearance: black, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, vanilla sweetness, touch of bourbon
Flavor: sweet roasted flavor, vanilla sweetness, touch of caramel candy, the bourbon brings out sweetness in the malts
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
DTM (652) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. It poured dark brown almost black, but there was absolutley no carbonation. Tasted of bourbon, no surprise there, but lacked any real complexity. The absence of any carbonation really threw me off. Good, but not great.
timfoolery (883) - California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Jaschais trade. I never thought I would say that a beer could be too syrupy, sweet, and flat as this one, but I am now. I love bourbon barrel-aged beers, but this one had waaay too much bourbon, while drowned out the imperial stout. I was able to get through about 5 oz of this one before I couldn’t drink anymore. Reduce the barrel-agedness and increase the carbonation significantly, and I believe this beer would be excellent. Good beer as is.
bluejacket74 (992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, red wax covering the cap, 2008 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head that faded away fast. There’s also a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, molasses, dark fruit and roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also the addition of some coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick and coating but it also has very low carbonation, it seems almost completely flat. This sure doesn’t drink like a 12% ABV beer, it’s pretty easy drinking considering how strong it is. I think this is a good overall brew. But at $23.99 a bottle, I wouldn’t buy it again at that price.
bhiner41 (147) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent stout, the sweetness overpowers the alcohol burn. For being a bourbon barrel aged stout it is nicely balanced and not heavy on the booze. Notes of chocolate and bitter coffee. Nearly a port flavor. No carbonation almost a bit flat but very tasty.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle... dark black oil, not much of a head though... the aroma and taste are both good, basically a really solid ba beer, has a bit of a sharp finish to it that reminds me of red wine, smooth and easy to drink
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, red waxed, bottle. 2007 Vintage. Poured a dark, dark brown color with almost no head. Aromas of oak/wood, whiskey, roast, and chocolate. Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, chocolate, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Overall the alcohol content was well hidden.
DavoleBomb (1389) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to Rempo for trading me this a long time ago. 2007 vintage.
3.0 A: Black color. Pretty damn close to flat and no head formed.
3.5 S: The nose can best be described as mellow. The bourbon is the strongest component, but it is rather soft offering light leather and plum. The stout contributes sweet chocolate, some dark caramel, a mild roastiness, hints of raisin, and a good bit of molasses. Sweetness by far outweighs the roastiness. Indeed, there are no signs of any bitterness in the nose. Light oak and vanilla. Booze tingles the nostrils on a deep inhale.
4.0 T: Again this is quite mellow, but I guess that’s what I would expect out of a stout this old. Bourbon is the prominent flavor again. Leather, raisin, fig, and plum from that. More vanilla and oak than the nose suggests. A calm, well integrated chocolate, molasses, moderate roast, and dark crystal malt from the base beer. I was a bit surprised by how bitter this is. The roastiness is much more pronounced in the taste and the barrel seems to contribute a bit of tannic astringency. Overall, this is still pretty tasty and well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.
3.5 M: Heavy body, but on the lighter end of the designation. Much more carbonation than the pour suggested, but still less than I’d prefer. Good creaminess, perhaps a touch chewy, and smooth with a lightly astringent aftertaste.
3.5 D: A good, focused bourbon barrel stout. Flavors complement each other and well balanced. I wish, though, that one flavor would emerge to be the focal point of the brew (and some more carbonation wouldn’t be bad either). In any case, worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-15-2011 01:20:38