badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Black with a thick creamy tan head. Chocolate, grain, light smoke aroma with a faint bourbon presence. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, smoke, and very faint bourbon. Silky medium bodied palate.
JohnnyJ (5400) - 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.
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at GABF 2012. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is smoke, molasses, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some mild vanilla, bourbon, and oak notes, but not enough to give away the barrel aging. Flavor is sweet malt, chocolates, smoke, and vanilla with hints of barrel. Medium to full in body and very nice overall.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks, Moll! Nose is a bit boozy and barrel heavy. Flavor has some booze an roast with light oxidation. A bit thin, but well carbonated.
boFNjackson (4200) - 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!
Steve_0 (3745) - 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 (3472) - 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.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - 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!
rxeight (2577) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Fobab - this was one of the better beers at an all star festival. Dark dark pour. Big flavors in this one. Oak and smoke dominate this one, with a nice subtile bourbon balancing it all out. This seems to me like a stronger version of smoked porter and then bourbon aged. This works incredible well. The bourbon mixes great with the smoke. Both are strong but neither overpower. I could sip on this all day.
beersearcher (2382) - 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.