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Witch’s Hat Bourbon Barrel Night Fury with Vanilla Bean
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 4.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpongeRuiner (691) - Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2013
On tap at Michigan Fall Beer Fest. Strong bourbon flavors here. Had the hint of vanilla but was overpowered by the punch.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1926) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Sampled at the 2014 MBG Summer Fest. Black pour. Aroma is a nice mix of vanilla and boozy bourbon. Tastes smooth and rich. Lots of vanilla and lots of bourbon. Some roasted coffee as well. This is very good but gets blown out of the water by a couple other variants.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
malkyore (172) - - MAR 28, 2014
This is a stupendous beer! It’s sweet outside of anything I’ve ever tasted, there is a ton of boozy Bourbon flavor on top of everything, and the vanilla is what pushes it over the edge. It’s like drinking chocolate milk... But way way better... I’ve had a lot of beers, but this one is really one of a kind, and the fact that I live 20 minutes away from there makes it even better... Totally worth waiting in line for, even if the dude from the doctors office next door thought all the people standing in line were smoking....

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (568) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
From notes. On tap at Witch’s Hat on March 17. The pour is black as night with a decent dark khaki head and good lacing. The aroma is delightful. There is a great bourbon note on the front end that fades through a wonderful vanilla prominence on the back end. The body of the aroma is a ton of licorice, vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is great. There are the normal Night Fury flavors with a delicious vanilla kick and a sought-after delicious bourbon burn. The mouth feel is great. There is a wonderful thickness and a delightful level of carbonation with a dry, bourbony vanilla aftertaste. This was my favorite among the variants.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1276) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Draft sample at MiWBF 14. Slightly more vanilla to the already complex, booze, chocolate, and malty flavor of the original. Balanced and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (1641) - Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Updated / Tap @ Witch’s Hat: Enjoyed this one again on tap at the source on St. Patrick’s Day 2014. I don’t know if this is a new batch or what, but I enjoyed it much better this time around. Still a large bourbon presence (the largest of all the BB Night Fury variants) but tame enough to be very enjoyable. Warm bourbon, vanilla, wood,a touch of maple syrup, slightly boozy brown sugar & subtly sweet vanilla finish. Tannic aftertaste, big -bal presence, powerful stout. Bumping up the score... [Original rating: 7-4-7-4-4, overall: 3.6]

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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
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.


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