pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2010 Snifter at smallbar fulellerton... Pours a rich deep silky black with a thin khaki tan head... Nose is hugely barrel with vanilla and bourbon overtones... Flavors are a continuation of the same with a focus on the bourbon barrel with softer vanilla notes followed up by some bitter chocolate which extends through the finish with a combined sweetness. Can’t recall how this compares to the non ba version but this probably lost its essence by the barrel-aging. Thin to medium bodied. Not bad overall.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering on 1/13/10, provided by RSRIZZO). Black color. Small tan head. Moderate soy sauce aroma with light alcohol. Moderate chocolate flavor. Long duration. Light bitter and light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 - Brouwer’s Café Big Wood – Seattle, WA
Big bourbon and chocolate aromas. Stout like malts with lots of extra goodies smooth with oats and deep chocolate flavors. This was a big bad ass brew.
kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is a Velvety dark chocolate smell, like fudge. A smooth mouthfeel with an alcohol burn to it. Flavors are of strong bourbon and chocolate. This is a beer that stood up to and demolished the blue cheese flavors lingering in my mouth post-cheese tray. This beer will kick you in the throat and scream "ALCOHOL!" at you, in a good way. Absolutely hit the limits of my tolerance for alcohol burn while still being enjoyable. Very powerful. Would have rated higher if apparently I was less of a pansy about this beer.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2010 Tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood ’09. Black with a moderate brown head. Aroma is rich, velvety chocolate with a bit of toastiness. The bourbon flavor is quite powerful alongside the rich chocolate. The alcohol presence is noticable but welcome, and the whole experience is like drinking a bourbon filled chocolate candy. Very boozy, intense, and bittersweet. Yummy.
hombrepalo (1714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2009. Bourbon Chocolate! huge on the bitter chocolate. Poured a dark brown oily color with some tan head. Aroma of chocolate and wiskey. Taste is bitter sweet chocolate. Nice balace between this and the bourbon. Really nice.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ Brouwer’s Stout Night to start SBW - jet black with trace tan head; tons of bourbon upfront on the nose with a trace of bitter chocolate; flavor wise it was more balanced with sticky texture and raw, bitter chocolate; pretty nice, but a little much on the bourbon and it didn’t really stand a chance next to the founders canadian
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone bourbon 12th strong sweet bourbony nose. Sweet vanilla with underlying notes of bittersweet chocolate. Black pour with t thinbeige head lots of lace. Bourbon sweet, tons of it, some roast and chocolate underneath but barrrel overwhelms. Weird aspartame mouth feel underneath. A little thinned out. Hella damn boozy. Sweet whiskey notes. Lingering vanilla notes light roast.
Would prefer more velvetty mothfeel.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dense heavy black, sweet weighted aroma of burnt grain, topsoil and charcoal. Sublime character of perfectly coaxed out bourbon, charred oak and a touch of cream.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Back in Black Stout Fest for SBW. Pours black with a decent light brown head. Smells and tastes like tart oak, leather, tobacco, and cherry, in addition to the typical roasty coffee/chocolate stout notes. Good stuff- I liked it a little better than the bourbon IRS but not as much as the Founders Canadian Breakfast.