Bule (1167) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a black color with a bit of head. Mild bourbon flavor that lingers. Blueberry fruit.
AirForceHops (4345) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Paid a steep price for this bottle at 7- 11 Kittery, ME. Spilt this bottle with Willrunforbeer, sorry it sucked! Pitch black color, no head. Aroma is light chocolate, mild oak, and a mild coffee grounds. No bourbon but it still smells proper.
The flavor is slightly sour oak, charred grain, mild chocolate hints. No bourbon found here at all. I have no doubt the sourness should NOT be here. Maybe the infection killed the bourbon? It upsets me that to pay a premium for a bottle and it is infected.... Nobody else has had a problem with infection??? Hard to believe it was just my bottle... *sigh*
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared by AirForceHops. Thanks, Chris! Pours nearly black with a light brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, multigrain bread. Bourbon is missing from the flavor. Itís dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight sour.
TBone (13816) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (from Brooklyn). Opaque black color, good beige head. Strong bourbon vanilla aroma, some toasted malts and alcohol. Medium-bodied to full-bodied. Sweetish vanilla, some alcohol. Vanilla overdose. A bit too much vanilla.
maxifunk777 (26) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good but not great beer but with that said I am sure there are plenty of people whoíll love this beer. Its enjoyable I would drink it again but not one I would seek out. Good job Thirsty Dog.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2015 Bottle: Very deep shade of brown, almost black in the center with a quarter-inch thick, light-tan layer of foam across the top. Huge bourbon barrel character in the nose. Heavy, boozy bourbon, wood, faint vanilla & back-end coconut. Light cocoa nib & caramel sweetness, but the booze is very pungent. Flavor is the same. Tons of bourbon flavor, although the heat isnít there. Itís pretty smooth, really, but the bourbon flavor is very dominant still. Oak, coconut, vanillin, burnt & caramelized sugars, roasted malt, a pinch of chocolate. A touch of sharp tannin towards the finish, lingering with bourbon & oak. Medium, silky mouth feel. Itís good but it would be better if the bourbon would just mellow out a little.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours your usual RIS impenetrable black. Forms a fizzy head of deep tan bubbles, which dies rather swiftly - by sip #4, there was not even a ring. Carbonation lines the bottom of the snifter, making it appear almost tan at the bottom.
Smell: Oak, caramel, and vanilla well out of the glass so thick you can practically fold them. There are hints here and there of dark stone fruit and chocolate, but itís mainly that caramel-vanilla blend.
Taste: Bourbon opens the flavor rush in a torrent of oak, caramel, and vanilla, almost exactly as the nose promised. As the initial burst of booze subsides to an undertone, bitter dark chocolate and dark-roast coffee manifest, with faint plum and currant rolling through as well. At the finish, the oak character surges back to the forefront, leaving an aftertaste of wood from a plum barrel, soaked in caramel and booze. As the beer warms, the plum and currant become bolder in the flavor profile while adding a hint of date, and the chocolate is joined by a touch of blackstrap, while the coffee fades a bit into the background.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied but not quite chewy, this beer glides smoothly along the palate.
Overall: Iím glad this is currently a shelf beer for me, available any time I decide to purchase it. Iíd put this up against most any hyped limited rare barrel-aged stout, and expect it to come in at least 90% as good, if not as good or better. Thirsty Dog knows what theyíre doing in the barrel-aging department.
stoutgap (49) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz to snifter,black with small dark creamy head that left quickly, aroma of molasses,burnt,heavy alcohol, lacking the dark fruit and tobacco of the regular S.N. Med full body with average carbonation a bit thin for a RIS ,likely due to a bit to much bourbon. This is still a good beer
Beerathon (1536) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a damn good beer. Black pour with semi-creamy cocoa colored head and lacing. Hop bitterness is present, along with big bourbon and oak notes, some bitter/dark and sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Boozy, Itís a sipper.
bigda83 (412) - Jamestown, New York, USA - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a small tan head that faded quickly. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, wood, and faint bourbon hit the nose. Flavor was nicely blended with some coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roast nuts, oak, and mild bourbon. The bourbon wasnít over-powering, but worked in nicely. Full body, sticky and oily texture, average carb, and a little bitter and mild burn to end. Nice!