Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Jackie O’s as a guest tap. Served in a sampler glass. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is all bourbon and a bit of alcohol. Not much else to say there; very one-dimensional. The flavor is pretty similar, but is a bit more boozy and also adds in a splash of chocolate and roast for good measure. Medium-full body and quite boozy. Not very easy to drink and way, way too barrel heavy.
DrSilverworm (5022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample on tap. Black color, nice thin light brown head, full lace. Very nice woody aroma, but not over-powering. Very roasty malts. Dark chocolate. Light smooth carbonation, dry texture. Good long aftertaste. Nice savory bitter taste, little sweet. Little whiskey warmth in there. Awesome, even during a heat wave. The first I went for in my flight of samples, and my favorite of the day, probably
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at CAH. Pours black with some head, nose is sweet coco, caramel and bourbon. first sip is similar. nice smooth finish.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft at Craft. Pours jet, thick, with a finger of clingy tan brown head. Nose is a huge, rich, complex mix of cacao, port, oaky bourbon, blackberry, dark malt. If your nose score isn;t 8 or above here you may as well retire from beer rating. The flavor is rich, complex, and intense; a (Rebecca) Medley of upfront dark malt, cacao, with mid-palate blackberry, huge oaky bourbon, vanilla, and cognac, and smooth, delicious finish with the beer/spirit boundary line being broken and craved, as I chugged the last 4 ounces of this, and would have stayed for a lot more had I not been driving. This one is a true SN offshoot, a true child of the regular parent, and a delicious beer. One of the best beers I have ever had. This just might be the best bourbon-barrel aged beer I have yet quaffed, which doesn’t surprise me, because when you take perfection and barrel age it, you end up with a more spirited perfection. Put that quote in the next version of the bible.
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured on draft. Dark inky black with a bead of greyish foam. Not much lacing either. Aroma is a faint whiff of bourbon that bows out to allow for an onslaught of roasty dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, marshmallows, vanilla, and a bitterness akin to espresso. Taste is boozy sweetness at first sip, but gives way to an earthy sweetness and an espresso-esque bitter finish. Great beer. Again, nice behind the scenes barrel notes are way better in my book than the in your face ones.
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour nice tan head light sticky lacing .... Aroma is roasted, dark chocolate, light sour, vanilla and oak ..... Taste is sweet roasty malts, dark chocolate, molasses, definitely some sour picked up, some bitter hop bite and light vanilla .... finish is dry and roasted .... abv hidden pretty well ... barrel aged added some depth but the original is better in my humble opinion
burg326 (3210) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
64 ounce growler at Markwise’s Bday bash, poured a dark black color, aromas of roast, bourbon, light vanilla, and some sweet malt. Flavors are the same as aroma, little more bourbon shines through as the beer warms, thanks Mark for the share.
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@markwise Birthday-palooza-a-go-go Gathering-growler–thanks markwise-pours black with a rich tan head. Aroma is roasty dark malt-molasses/chocolate, bourbon. Taste is sweet roasty dark malt-molasses/chocolate, bourbon, some sour, herbal hops bite.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a glass of this a while back at Sam’s, Durham. Nose preserves the lovely chocolate malt and roasts from the base beer, an old fave, and adds to it a very well integrated, subtle, and quite balanced addition from the barrel. Rare for this style this days, the modification actually enhances the base by evoking some of its sweeter and more assertive properties more substantially. Roasts are complemented by the wood, choc by the booze. Nice improvisation.
beernovice39 (3079) - Montana, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#2000 Draft at Sergio’s. Black with a creamy brown head. Scent is coffee, boubon and chocolate. Taste is Amazing! Dark bitter chocolate, coffee with notes of vanilla and oak. Fantastic stout!