OldGrowth (2982) - the Containment Area, 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 I’ve had in a while with a barrel aged beer. damn good beer, Aroma was wonderful to sniff. Well done guys.
TheEpeeist (3583) - Media, 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.
emacgee (4427) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to have this at a Cask event with Ryan and Paul, super fun. Had two pints for a combined cost of 5 dollars! After having tasted the BA Baltic Porter I was pretty excited to see how this one tasted. Pours a dark black that allows some light and produces a thin light tan head. The nose shows bourbon upfront but does not allow it to dominate. Nice notes of oak come through as well. Base stout does not come through as much in the nose. Flavor shows very nice balanced bourbon and oak, vanillins shows through as well. The milk stout comes through a tad but definitely lends itself as a nice canvas. Palate shows a very mild carbonation being cask and all with a nice tannic feel from the barrels.
I’m really liking the barrel aged stuff that is coming out of Duck Rabbit!
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 don’t 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.
jrob21 (2970) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: BA Milk Stout
Date: January 31, 2009
Source: Beerfest, ACAT
Appearance: black, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma, plenty of balancing oak, touch of sweet chocolate, light roast
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, milky sweetness mixed with vanilla, light bourbon
Overall: could use a touch more burbon, but again that might be too much
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 14/20
jkwood04 (4879) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at American Craft Beer Fest 2010. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of oak, milk, and coffee. Flavor of cola, coffee, and some hints of dark fruits. A really good beer.
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.
reclined99 (5) - - OCT 12, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
While the darkness of appearance can be intimidating, it is actually very smooth on the palate with no hint of the heavy bitterness associated with most beers this dark.