bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor of vanilla, raisins, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel.
brokensail (11854) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ GABF. Black pour with a tan head. Bourbon, licorice, and roasted malt aromas. Some ash, oak, and dark fruits. A touch of acidity and dark fruits. Flavor is more bitter than expected. Light sweetness of dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. Oak, ash, and roasted malt. Decent licorice character, too.
jcwattsrugger (11286) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @GABF-pours black that sheets with a brown head and trailing lace. Aroma is rich dark malt-chocolate, some bourbon. Taste is rich dark malt-chocolate, some earthy hops, bourbon. Soft carbonation.
Tmoney99 (11231) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap sample at CBWF. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing. Heavy toasted malt, bourbon and chocolate aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex toasted sweet bourbon flavor with a heavy toasted sweet finish of long duration. Best of fest complex standout brew.
daknole (9624) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF. Nice dark brown pour, light brown head. Straight forward aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate. Flavor is vanilla, toffee, bourbon, charred oak, very light ash and chocolate.
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Columbus Winter Beerfest on 01/14/2012: Pours black with a medium thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lacing. The nose is bourbon-forward with some dark malts in the background. Rich body with an oaky bourbon character and notes of malt, vanilla and caramel. The finish is somewhat boozy with a black coffee and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
gnoff (8010) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session
Black color, brown head. Sweet, alcohol, vanilla scent. Sweet, raisin taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Stunning and wonderful, one of my best beers for the entire festival (3 sessions).
BMan1113VR (7881) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GABF. Pours with a pitch black body and a tan head that stays. Aroma is big time vanilla/vanillin, barrel, alcohol, chocolate, light esters. Some yeasty notes and a bit of green apple. Flavors are very tasty, chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon. Somewhat dry. Boozy and tannic finish.
BVery (7109) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled from the gallon size growler you see in the picture. Thanks for sharing, Bob! Very dark pour with reddish highlights, smaller head. Great bourbon and chocolate on the nose and taste. Tastes slightly hot but this is super good.
douglas88 (6501) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had right after the non-barrel aged version GABF 2011. Pours a pure black color with a small beige head. The aroma is dominated by sweet vanilla and bourbon, some dark fruit. The flavor is very nice; super sweet and hot bourbon, vanilla, hot sugary flavors, light roast and dark fruits. Very nice.