nuplastikk (5371) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Sugar Maple. Deep red-brown body, thin glass rimming head. Sweet, sugary bourbon aroma. Relatively mellow and clean, the aging works pretty well here. Smooth vanilla caramel tones. Pretty pleasant.
Cybercat (4435) - Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, smoky aroma has a strong overtone of oaked bourbon. It pours a deep coffee brown with a fairly thick tan head. Robust flavor has coffee, bourbon, roast malt and oak notes with hints of toffee and licorice. Texture seems on the thin side, though, especially for a stout, and fizz leaves a bit to be desired. However, the palate (or mouthfeel, or whatever) is this beer’s weakest point, and a small one at that. Definitely a beer fit for a czar.
Lemke10 (927) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thick foamy head that last a long time. Scents of coffee, caramel, cocoa, and bourbon fume from my glass. The taste is hard to describe as it is thick, creamy, and smooth. Quite robust and yet the flavors go quite well together. Some spices and burnt sugar are also obvious. Certainly a well made, tasty beer but the value is really lacking. for half the price you can get a beer that taste just as good as this one. So while this beer is good, it’s not of the best value for your dollar.
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2013
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Tap. Dark brown pour with tan head. Smells of butter and slight bourbon. I love barrel aged beers but all i got out of this one was butter. For me this was not good at all.
wchesser (1671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought in Oct. ’11, drank, Oct. ’12. Opaque with a slow fading coffee pillow head. Nose is spiced rum raisins, and vanilla with some molasses. Big molasses flavor along with soy, burnt malts, and wood. Thin palate. This has all the right elements, but something keeps it from being great.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle thanks to hophead22. Pours with a near black body with a small tan head. Aromas are very strongly diacetyl. Little else. Butterscotch. A bit of vanilla. Flavors are a mess. Straight diacetyl, vanilla and cola. Medium bubbles, oily. Bad.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
22oz bottle. Rating #102. This bottle had serious issues, nothing but butter. Drainpour. (2044)
rubbishystuff (2150) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up at the Sprecher outlet. A miss for this brewery. Strong wood and bourbon aroma, but they were somehow off. Some root beer and cola in the aroma and flavor and stale smoke. However very smooth. Serving: Bottle
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent beer, but not a particularly great stout. Particularly for one aged in a bourbon barrel.
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the Sprecher tour/reserve tasting. Jet black pour with a small tan head. Awesome aroma of oak and bourbon. Palate is a little thin for this style. Taste is bourbon, wood, and some roasty bitterness. Aroma definitely trumps the flavor on this one. Paired with an Irish cheddar whiskey cheese.