TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with a thin ring of foam. Nose is coffee, chocolate and faint bourbon. Smooth medium light with a hint of carb. Taste is bourbon, oak and milk chocolate. Very good but could use a bit more richness.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 Cask at Broad st. cafe in Durham, NC. Black pour, thin tan head and minimal spotty lace. Usual creamy roast malts on the nose but, with a nice twist of vanilla and bourbon. Cream, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roast. The barrel really takes an awesome base beer to another level.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Busy Bee in Raleigh. Pours black with creamy but smallish light tan head. Nose of vanilla, chocolate, and milk oak. Not nearly as bourbony as the Pappy Van Winkle version. Certainly more low-key, but not as flavorful. Still quite good.
Earlier Rating: 2/15/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Had the pleasure of having a couple of pints from a cask of this in Chapel Hill. Dark brown pour with the expected head from a cask poured ale, beige in color. Bourbon notes are big at first, but they donít overshadow the other wonderful elements of this beer by any stretch: bitter chocolate, sweet coffee, caramel, vanilla, dulce de leche, tangy bourbon oak. I swear I could tell that this was aged in barrels from good bourbon, not just Kentucky swill. Immensely drinkable, too, which is a big plus. A very tasty beverage.
OldGrowth (2477) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask @ Recovery Room in Chapel Hill. Great aroma, Milk stout base with the bourbon barrel adding a coconut, vanilla, oak scent. Brownish black color, small cocoa brown head. Bitter sweet flavor, Initial bourbon bite gives way to perfect balance, imo, between the milk stout and the bourbon barrel. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish with a slight bourbon bite. Wow, this is a good as a balance Iíve had in a while with a barrel aged beer. damn good beer, Aroma was wonderful to sniff. Well done guys.
jrob21 (2350) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at ACAT. Aging imparts a vanilla aroma. The creamy texture is reminiscient of the original. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with an overall good balance.
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Aroma of oak wood, bourbon, chocolate and malts. Taste of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate,malts and a touch of lactose.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, sugary, toast, caramel, roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some bitter earthy hops. Flavor is malty, sweet caramel, toast, roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak and a bitter roasty finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.
Pours dark, dark brown with a surprisingly big head from a cask that showed very good retention and bits of lacing.
Dark roasted malts dominate the aroma with a balanced and non-overpowering bourbon presence. Some milk chocolate and oak as well.
The taste has the whiskey up front before giving way to the milk chocolate and dark malts underneath. The bourbon comes back with a vengeance in the finish with a solid bourbon warmth going down.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thinner than I expected with decent carbonation for a cask pour.
I really enjoyed this one and, surprisingly, thought the bourbon really did this one some favors. Very nice.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Broad St. Cafe. Itís nice when you go in expecting something very good and you get something great instead. Same dark black pour as the normal but this cask version obviously has a minimal head. The bourbon and vanilla tones contrast perfectly with the sweet chocolaty base beer. Itís like thereís a chocolate wall and youíre riding a bourbon wave. I never truly paid attention to the chocolate wall until this bourbon wave smashed me up against it. Awesome. I need more of this in my life.
tmongoose (1080) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on draft at the thirsty monk. dark pout and smell of sweet bourbon. then read the description of the 23yr old pappy van winkle barrels. totally impressed with the flavor. dark chocolate vanilla bourbon burn. this stout was rick and sweet. a great sipping beer on a cold winter night.