SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: Midnight black pour with a beautiful head that is creamy and leaves lots of lace. Dry cocoa dusted nose of bittersweet chocolate and nuts. The body is creamy with a nice complexity. Lots of vanilla and fudge, balanced with a punch of bourbon and oak. Drinks easy and is actually pretty refreshing.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap on RBSG bus. Imperial brown-ish. By that I mean it is like what lots of brewers would call an imperial brown. A bit less roasted than an RIS with more biscuity, toasted malts. Aroma has that black lager, milky caramel sweetness. More maple syrup than Canadian Breakfast.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle courtesy of iceicebaby on BA. thanks, sean! pours a dark brown with a thick, creamy, khaki head and sticky rings of lace. aroma is great with big notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon layered atop buttery cinnamon rolls, dark malts, and toffee with hints of raisins, dates, and maple bars. flavor is quite tasty as well, slight let down from the aroma, with more prominent dark fruits, bitter cocoa, and smoked nuts with the sweetness of the vanilla, oak, and light maple syrup coming in late with just a hint of spiced bourbon. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a bittersweet finish. overall, a damn tasty bourbon barrel brew.
flatmatt (1013) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma, holy hell, it’s all kinds of sweet vanilla frosting, molasses, bourbon, cocoa. A bit more restrained in the flavor department, but still similar, sweet with molasses, bourbon, vanilla, smoke, oak, cocoa, red grape. Again kind of frosting-esque in its sweetness. Deep and complex beer, yet it has the refreshing palate of a lager. Very surprising and extremely good.
deekyn (992) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - pours opaque black/brown with orange ring. No head with some legs but no lacing. S - nice rich aromas. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, molasses, toasted coconut, brown sugar, vanilla, graham crackers, marshmallows. Dried husky cereal grains. Surprisingly rich. M - amazingly light. Average carb. Weak palate for such a strong rich nose. Lingering fake grainy chocolate. Lightly sticky end. T - burnt sugar water. Wow, bland. Fake chocolate, sweet toasted caramel, toasted coconut. Toasted malts. Some cereal grains. Strong cola. Earthy damp oak. O - great nose, weak execution. Bourbon barrel aged malty water 3.1
oRos (976) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Pours black with light Brown head. Aroma is bourbon. Taste is lots of vanilla and bourbon. Flavor fades
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown color with some auburn highlights and a moderate beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma consists of smoky bourbon and brown sugar glazed ham. Sweet, lightly fruity entry leads into a moderately smoky malt profile end fairly bland. Thin, not much body a all. A pretty big let down.
jbeatty (915) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks to Sarro, 03/01/2012. Pours rich, deep brown, thin tan head fades to splotchy surface haziness, fine lacing rings the glass. Rich aroma, buttery caramel with sweet chocolate fudge, vanilla, prominent bourbon profile, light roasted black malts on the end . Taste does not match for me, a lactic tartness throughout, with bitter caramel, sweet roasted malts, stale woody aftertaste. What was buttery in the aroma perhaps indicative of beginnings of infection, a shame.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this. Pours out near black with just a hint of light coming through the edges of the glass and a dense white had with great lacing. The aroma is mostly bourbon with some mildly roasted malt and bread. The flavor is the same with a hint of sweet vanilla and a fair amount of alcohol. The body is medium-thin and aqueous with soft carbonation. Good brew but only ’cause I like bourbon beers, but otherwise the balance is pretty off. I don’t think the base beer just has enough flavor or body to handle the bourbon.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Cbus tasting 11. Poured a dark brown black color. Aroma was vanilla malts and bourbon. Taste was a bit wild for me. A bit of everything. Vanilla, malts, chocolate, lots of bourbon, and even some sort of tartiness. A fruit, cherries, maybe?