Travlr (14210) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Black color, brown head. Aroma of pure bourbon. Taste is more of the same. Too much bourbon, not enough beer.
brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong Ale 2012. Nice black pour with a khaki head. Fairly sweet aroma of vanilla, burnt sugar, and bourbon. Some oak, a lot of roasted malt, and a bit of licorice. Tastes a little bit watery, but good otherwise. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, and sweet sugar. Chocolate, roasted malt, and a good deal of licorice. Some oak and a bit of cream.
hopscotch (9858) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft... DLD ‘08... This beer rocks!... Tar black ale with a small, creamy, tan head. The aroma offers strong notes of espresso, chocolate and bourbon with a touch of vanilla. Oily and full-bodied with a silky-smooth mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Burnt bitterness follows closely behind bourbony chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Whiskey-warm, chocolate and blackstrap finish. If ever there was a beer totally reconstructed by barrel aging, this is it!
deyholla (7374) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Map Room. Poured black with a small brown head that dissipated to a film around the edges. Aroma was full of overwhelming bourbon with some sweet grains and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor again had a very strong bourbon note that overwhelmed the underlying sweet grains and dark fruit.
phaleslu (7063) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft shared by b3shine at DLD ’12- thanks again, Beau! Pours a deep, mostly opaque brown with a tiny tan ring for a head. Big bourbon barrel notes burst out of the aroma, balanced by the coffee and dry roastiness of the base beer. Notes of pine, dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak also back it up. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and modest carbonation. I like Black Sun a lot and this was a nice variation.
alexsdad06 (6307) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewery during DLD ’08. Pours very dark brown/ black with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a tan ring. Aroma of toasted dark malt, some black malt, sweet bourbon, dark chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is toasted dark malt, chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla showing nice balance. Finish is smooth with a dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla aftertaste that slowly disappears. Another excellent bourbon aged beer from 3F.
BBB63 (6304) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
DLD 2008, Bourbon (Barrel Aged) Black Sun Stout: Deep brown hue with a small fading head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, earthy yeast esters, and a hint of herbal vapours. The taste has almost no hop bitterness versus the regular release with mostly coffee and dark malts taking center stage. The finish is a bit boozy and chalky. The mouth feel is medium-bodied with a smooth oily texture. It is okay enough I guess but I miss the hop character, too much coffee notes and that is saying a lot since I am a coffee drinker.
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at DLD 2008. Black with a tan head. Big bourbon/oak vanilla aroma with dry blackened malts. Medium body with a very smooth slick mouthfeel. Great taste mirrors the aroma with sweet bourbon/vanilla mixing nicely with bitter chocolate and roasty blackened malt flavors. Liked this one more than the DL.
b3shine (6106) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day. Looks average. Pitch black with virtually no head or lacing. Smells good; you can definitely pick up on the bourbon. Tastes Alright, but this is a bit of a letdown for a BB FFF brew. Mouthfeel is average. This is nowhere near as good as the BA DL varietals (none of which were on tap when I was in the bar).
TheAlum (6053) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Draft on tap at Map Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack pour, small greyish head, opaque, with a nice feel. Pretty, thicker edge clinging head, laces ok. Aromas are a hefty dose of bourbon spirit, wet oak, vanilla tannins, roasty malts, cocoa. Nice. A lot of the hops haved died. Initial is lighter side of medium, a bit thinned, but then again the beer seems to be a hard barrel ager, a thinner more drinkable, but well hopped stout. Thinner booziness, bourbon, warming, earthy florals and straight bitterness. In a shell, thinned out by the barrel and not able to stand up to extended barrel time. Tasty, but dry and thin overall. A lingering roast and wet oak. Not bad, tasty. With a lighter body, thinness, the booziness is more tolerable as I get in. The woodford is flavorful, the hopds actually are still there the flavor sticks to the backend.
2011: The beer drinks a bit thicker, more balanced. Healthy barrel. Some lingers hops. I’d bump it up a touch. Seems they’ve narrowed in their BA of this beer a bit on the 2nd try. Improved.