WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 2007 from mike shared with some pals with catan at my house. Nose is sick, rich bourbon with vanilla. Black pour thin brown ring. Taste is big, rich with a big bourbon kick, really damn good. Yum yum yum thanks bbb.
deyholla (5374) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Sampled from the bottle at the 2010 March Metro Detroit tasting. Poured black with a minimal head. Aroma had a great balance of both dark and sweeter malts with a slight undertone of bourbon. The bourbon was a bit more present on the tongue towards the finish but the flavor starts with sweet grain and chocolate notes.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
chalky charcoal aroma, some toasted caramel and rich bourbon. jet black, absent head. rich with alcohol, hot rich, and overpowering. strong liquor, somewhat thin finish. Chewy charcoal
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, capped and waxed. thanks kan! pours jet black with very little dark tan head. big bourbon and vanilla nose, lots of coffee and dark chocolate there. sticky flat medium body, approaching thickness. dark chocolate, coffee, roast, prunes, bourbon, oak, and vanilla on the mid palate. long roasty finish.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bourbon barrel nose - hints of apple, wood, vanilla, soy, chocolate, minimal hop presence. Dark brown edges around a black beer. Bourbon sweetness, brown sugar, chocolate, light roast lingers along w barrely notes. Somewhat hot, thin body no carbonation.
MeadMe (1170) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Barrel Series
A: Pours a nice dark brownish black hue with a tan colored head.
S: Lots of roast, with hints of oak, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit.
T: Roasty coffee, dark chocolate, and light dark fruit. Hints of coconut, oak, and wonderful vanilla as well.
M: On the fuller side of medium creamy mouthfeel.
D: Good, real good beer. Vast improvement on the standard offering.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Vintage. Poured an opaque brown-black color with a small tan head. Sweet roasty aroma with some doughy notes and a touch of vanilla. Roasted flavor with a taste of dark chocolate. Medium bodied and very warming.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to goryshkewych for this one. Pours dark brown/ black with a tan head. Nose is roast, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, booze, earth, and lots of depth. Flavor confirms all suspicions: balanced as hell with a lack of dominating booze flavor and lots of complimentary bourbon. Roasty, dark fruit, and vanilla throughout are this winner’s claim to fame. Medium to full body and nice finish of bourbon and roast.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle vintage 2007 shared by someone at the Pliny the Younger tasting up in Santa Rosa. Pours black and pretty thick with a minimal head. Great nose on this one - loads of rich chocolate and sweet roasted malt, along with coffee and a touch of booze. Flavor is a bit of a letdown after that, but still pretty good. Coffee, chocolate, roast, and caramel/toffee. Fairly full on the palate with low carbonation and some appreciable booziness. Pretty solid overall, but not a standout.
gkost (1703) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown. Nose is coffee, cocoa, brown sugar and roasted grains. Flavor is burnt coffee, hints of smoke, roasted malt, molasses.