JohnnyJ (4399) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler fill from stone. Murky dark brown pour, small tan head. Smooth milk chocolate, sweet cocoa and vanilla, bourbon, light smoke, and a touch of dried fruit. The alcohol is completely hidden, no booze. A nice smooth, easy drinking bourbon BA beer if there is such a thing.
onceblind (4328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark nutty brown, nearly black, with a thin foamy light tan head. The nose is immediately a bit chocolaty but transitions to a slightly spicy tortilla dough tone and some bourbon. The flavor is like a winter spice ale, totally out of nowhere for where the aroma was. Nice dark sweet malts with a bit of Christmas spices like clove and cinnamon, a bit of raisin, and doughiness with some bourbon twinged caramel on the back end. Very balanced, oddly enough, with a small touch of bitterness throughout, without much hoppy flavor, leaving way for dark Christmas like maltiness and a smooth undercurrent of light bourbon. And is that a light touch of coffee in the finish?! Very, very good.
boFNjackson (4152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest 2012... Poured pitch black with a thick, frothy, khaki head. This took the fest. My first beer and I started high with this one. Had to end with a full pour it was so good. Aroma had loads of barrel, with some more barrel, and barrel again. Moderate mouthfeel on this one. Mild smoke, as it warmed this was more apparent. Some warming alcohol in there with roast, vanilla, and thick maltiness. A nice sipper with notes of oak and more wood in the finish. Quite dessert-like. Yes please!
bytemesis (3318) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. pours opaque black, large brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is medium sweet, light roasty bitterness, light astringence. Medium body, creamy, high carbonation.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Urge. Midnight pour with mahogany edges and a tight 1/4 inch latte head. Charred wood, smoke, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, molasses and burnt marshmallow are integrated beautifully in the nose and flavor. Nothing overpowering the other but each standing out on their own. Really well balanced and delicious!
Steve_0 (2757) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cheeky Monk. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Big bourbon, woody, cocoa, figgy, dates, dark fruity, bready, and coffee in the aroma. Taste is big raisins, figs, light alcohol, roasted malt - no real smoke - caramel, brown sugar, oak, and earthiness with a light burn on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Nice stuff.
Huhzubendah (2618) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.
The beer appears a cola brown color with virtually no head or lacing. Perhaps the growler format contributed to this? The aroma offers bourbon, roast, malt (slightly charred), smoke, oak. The aroma is superior to the flavor. A bit thin and even perhaps watery, with roast and smoke. Bourbon and barrel character is prominent throughout. Overall, this was decent.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the L.A. Beer Week opening day at Stone-Pasadena. Pours a dark black. Lots of bourbon on the nose but the taste is more a balance. Not much smokiness here but very smooth with a bit of vanilla taste to me.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice bourbon and vanilla scents, taste is similar but a tad lighter and smooth.
zizzybalubba (1449) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the barrel-aged tasting at World Of Beer-Cherry Creek in Denver, CO during GABF week. Dark brown, almost black, pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of vanilla, coconut, chocolate, and oak. Beautifully balanced flavor of German chocolate cake, coffee, oak, and faint floral hops. A perfect blended beer and very, very well done.