SpongeRuiner (529) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Michigan Fall Beer Fest. Strong bourbon flavors here. Had the hint of vanilla but was overpowered by the punch.
Mittenator (1037) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at MiWBF 14. Slightly more vanilla to the already complex, booze, chocolate, and malty flavor of the original. Balanced and smooth.
tectactoe (1046) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap: enjoyed right after the Coffee version of the same beer. Looks the same - inky black with only mild, dark brown trim. Creamy, tan-ish head is survived as a foamy film. Aroma is (obviously) less coffee-centric, though it still has big reminders of coffee beans. Some sweet vanilla beans, mild cocoa, oak, & a much more defined bourbon presence. Bourbon is more defined in the flavor as well; bourbon soaked oak, lathered in semi-sweet vanilla drizzle. Far from cloying due to the heft of the barrel-aging influence. Still get some roasty coffee in the finish. Pretty good, but I prefer the Coffee version.
mikem409 (1456) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Pours black with no head. Nice toffee and creme brulee aroma. Taste is lots of sugary roasted malt, slight lingering vanilla and lite bitter.