sonnycheeba (6259) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Bottle. Pours deep, opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is bourbon, caramel and roasted malt, prunes, earthy hops, oak, milk chocolate, and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominate with oak and some supporting hops (light bitterness) and dark fruit esters; bourbon undertones throughout with a dry finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth. TheBeerGod (6253) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, frothy brown head. Aroma is sweet with vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, booze and burnt caramel. Taste is big chocolate notes, roasted malt, burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses, and booze. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation and lots of lingering alcoholic warmth. Ends with more burnt caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Damn tasty! JK (6252) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Black. Boozey aroma. Sweeter than the meph, and some dried fruit quality. Alcohol is hidden in the flavor. Heavily roasted mal. Excellent beer. Thanks Brian. tom10101 (6225) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). Thanks Os! Black with a small quickly diminishing beige head and no lacing. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with molasses, red fruits, bourbon, chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, coconut, soy sauce and light bitterness. Obviously, there’s alcohol warming in there. Sticky hot finish. Full body. Low to moderate carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Really complex brew with a fairly good balance. Good drinkability for a 17,42% abv RIS. I tried it on an hot summer day and I had no problem to drink my half of the bottle. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2012
(12oz bottle) pours near black with dark tan creamy spare head. Nose of huge barrel character, toasty marshmallows, low roastiness, graham cracker, bourbon, vanilla, smooth alcohol, and a creeping cherry character. Endlessly complex. Taste of rich fudge, light oats and cream, alcohol, wood char, medium roast character, light cherry (perhaps from the alcohol kick), and a medium thick body that’s not overly assertive in any way, surprising given the ABV. Just an amazing beer.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
2012 vintage. Black with a tan head. The aroma is extremely boozy with some strong chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is also very boozy. I get some big oak, maple and vanilla notes up front, with some chocolate and roasted malt coming through second. The barrel-aged notes are very obvious and really add a lot to the beer. Quite boozy. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. TimE (6067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
Pitch black color. A bit too rough, dark chocolate with a fair amount of oak. Sweet malty mouth with lots of tooties rolls. Very sweet. Still a bit too rough to rate properly. I would like to revisit in a year or two. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2015
Batch no 4. Bottled Feb 13, 2015.
This was poured into a mini snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin concave lacing after a one finger off white head dissipated within about a minute.
The smell had a sweet bourbon with nice roasty notes and a smooth sticky chocolate with an underlying gently smokey oakiness.
The taste was sweet and roasty smooth leading into a big super smooth roasty aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with sticky notes strolling over my tongue. Carbonation was felt nicely.
Overall, I say this was a wonderful bourbon barrel stout that I would definitely have it again. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Huge huge flavors, tons of bourbon, sweet and boozy, I like it, can drink a lot though