ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2011
on tap at The Birch in norfolk. pours a silky, jet black with a thick, khaki head leaving light rings of lace. aroma is damn nice with raw, belgian cocoa, banana esters, vanilla, and wood with light notes of coffee, yeast, and sweetened nuts. flavor is great with big notes of dark, bitter chocolate, wood, vanilla, and oak backed by banana pudding, creme pie filling, and light roasted coffee. palate is medium bodied and creamy almost like this was on nitro (it wasn’t) with light carbonation and a dry, bittersweet finish. overall, a damn nice barrel aged stout. DiarmaidBHK (6143) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Draft from fireworks. Pours black with a thin brown head. Big bourbon scented wood on the nose. Lots of oak and vanilla on the tongue. Silly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Very Nice! b3shine (9260) - Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Draft to snifter. Looks good; dark with nice head. Smells pretty good too; malty and boozy. Tastes good. The base beer and the barreling wed well together. Good on the palate too. Tasty! RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2012
On tap @ Stag’s Head. Deep brown/black with a small frothy tan head and notable lacing. Huge aroma of bourbon, plum, vanilla, and roasted malt. Taste is similar with notes of bakers chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and slight booziness. Nice creamy mouthfeel and dry slightly bitter finish. JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
750 ml bottle thanks to lukaduke. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma is sweet licorice, bourbon, roast, some wet wood. The taste is a darker sweetness with some roast and alcohol heat coming through in the finish. Pretty good overall.
bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with orange glints; tan head. Aroma is rather bourbon. Med body, or nearly. Flavor is bourbon, dark malt, a little treacle, some dark fruit, a little coffee or chocolate or something. Tasty stuff. thornecb (6152) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Vanilla, bourbon and oak aromas. Sharp and thin with dark caramel, chocolate and bourbon upfront turning to warm espresso and vanilla in the lasting finish. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2014
draft at Blue Monk, very enjoyable stout. almost fuler bodied. tootsie rolls. medium but not over bearing bourbon notes. mild vanilla, touch of dark fruits. damn good GenDV138 (7828) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey. Black with light tan head, some brown hue around the edges. Aromas of roast, bourbon, dark chocolate. Tastes of coffee, roast, bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, oak. Medium body with a dry finish. Low carbonation. Bourbon isn’t in your face with this one. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
Darker brown with a nice chocolate/oak/vanilla aroma. Flavor is much smoother, oaky, and full bodied than the standard version. Not the greatest, but definitely an improvement.