andyhwcinc (1812) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 I tried this while mooching off of a friends’ friends co-worker while waiting in line at Dark Lord Day 2010. Aroma wise, this is the best beer I have ever smelled. Its like a euphoria of caramel and candy. Its pretty much black with a small tan head. Taste wise, this is relatively light in comparison to other bourbon barrel ales I’ve tried, rather sweet but very well balanced. I really hope to try this again, but if not I’ll always have this memory of one of the best beers I’ve ever had.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap sweet with caramel overtones ,smell was awesome not over bourbon done very tasty .CHEERS!
nickd717 (4084) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this beer on tap at FFF after DLD, when I definitely shouldn’t have been drinking anymore, but oh well.Pours from the tap a cloudy dark reddish-brown color with a one-finger tan head.Aroma is really excellent. There is a nutty, chocolatey brown ale base that is really enhanced by the barrel notes. Oak, bourbon, and lots of vanilla come through.Flavor is way better than regular Popskull, which I found fairly boring and lifeless. Rich chocolate malts, caramel, pecans and other nuts, and vanilla, as well as dark fruits, oak barrel, and well-integrated bourbon. Decadent stuff, this is.Fairly full-bodied and smooth on the palate with average carbonation for a barrel-aged beer. Just a little boozy, but not more than you’d expect given the ABV.Drinkability is not great on this one, as it does overwhelm the palate before too long. Overall though, I was very impressed. The magical art of -bal aging succeeds once again in creating a great beer from a slightly above average one.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
’off draft’, tested next to a bottle of the original. pours a thick brown, slightly darker than the original, head is a lil smaller with less retention. smell is a lot better, very sweet, first thing to mind is banana bread. lots of molasses in the aroma and flavor. def a bit more complex, as both the palo and the oak are detectable in this brew, though it is subtle considering the sweetness, it is def a very nice wood and booze profile imho. the beer has lost what little bitterness it did have, replaced by more slick sweetness, but it is still better considering the more complex profile overall. if this was balanced and bittered it could be a home run considering the unique barrel process and end result. not bad, glad i got to try it.
now, after several small tests, mixing 1/3 ba and 2/3 regular adds a nice sweet and complex note while retaining at least some bitterness. would bump it up by 0.2-0.3 points if this were the actual beer but i am not gonna rate my ghettofablend.
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at DLD 2010. Pours a dark cola with a small cream colored head. Aroma of bourbon, tootsie rolls, toffee, malt and dark fruit. Taste is much the same as the aroma.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the pub. Lovely. Great bourbon flavor really makes the difference. Found it very smooth - barrel aging made a difference. Wish I could get more.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I admit I had this pretty late in the day at DLD, so my notes are not exactly cogent. I remember mostly a sensation of really liking it and that it was damn big. Black beer with a small brown head that left an attractive lace on the glass. Nose of dark brown sugar. Tons of molassess, vanilla, toffee and the bourbon notes. I wish I could have more of this when I’m in a better condition.
GranvilleTim (1850) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a thin tan head. Bourbon, woody aroma, heavenly. Taste- woody, bourbon smooth, dark fruits, alcohol. Aftertaste was fruity and woody. No lacing, but who cares. this was a wonderful beer.
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in the Three Floyd’s pub on Dark Lord Day. Pours a hazy cola brown with a thin beige head. Bourbon, toast, and faint roast up front. Smooth, tastes a bit like chocolate pudding. Very yummy, some nice dark fruit. More vanilla and pudding on the finish. Pretty good.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried beside a Marketing Ploy a few days after tapping. Again, I lacked the info to add this to the database because 3F are lazy, bootleg, metal heads who never update their draft menus, cheaply recycle the same beer stained folders, and can’t spell or proofread for crap. Though they are considered a "world-class" brewery. I shall buy them a copy of MS word, a gluestick and Sham-wow for their 13th anniversary. Let some other fat yutz add it. All criticism aside, [A] Wonderful aroma. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, tootsie roll, vanilla. [A] Pretty opaque. Very dark ruby brown to light. Brown head [F] Mostly chocolate. Cocoa. Barrel is a great complement to the rest. Caramel. No Palo Santo or hops notable. [P] The barrel is a little hot. I personally find 3Fs Barrel beers to be less than flattering in the "mellow" department. Its quite drinkable in my book, either way. Loved the base. Booze is no challenge. [O] Would be great if they did a 2 year version of this, as I still saw a "Popskull" barrel racked at DLD the other day. I highly doubt it, though. Maybe it has peaked. Own a bottle. Drank a bottle fresh. Had some on cask. This was probably the most enjoyable, even if not the smoothest version of the collabo I have had. Another kind of simple, yet flavorful brew. For the price, I’d only indulge enough to review a snifter. Nice treat, though.