beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Excellent porter. The barrel doesn’t overwhelm leaving notes of bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Smooth but not viscous. I really like the aged beers with smaller alcohol footprints. marcus (10560) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours pitch black with a massive tan head and a strong chocolate and toffee aroma. There is a complex chocolate and treacle flavor that quickly turns pleasantly sour with a bit of cherry and a warming alcohol trail. Quite flavorful for a relatively low ABV brew. tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Aroma is bourbon, chocolate. The appearance is deep balck, tan head. the flavor is chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. The bourbon doesn’t overpower here. Medium in body. The finish is bourbon warming, light hops. Not equal to its hype. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap at Oakquinox. Pours with a huge tan head and a near black body. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, raisins, acetaldehyde. Flavors of light green apple, raisins, cocoa, and vanilla. Medium bubbles. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
On tap at City Beer. It pours brown with some red tints on the edges. The aroma is whiskey with some tart fruit and roasted malt. The flavor is thin and tart with more whiskey and a little cocoa. Thin mouthfeel.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours deep brown with a finger thick dark tan head. Nice bourbon and chocolate nose with a touch of wood. The flavor is strongly bourbon with a sweet front that lasts and a mid to finish that is slight chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. A bit thin in the body. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pours slightly brownish black with a small tan head. Aroma is simple bourbon(!), cola, coffee and citrus/herbal hops. The taste is boozy with bourbon flavors and fairly harsh with sharp coffee/roast and hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. This beer just couldn’t handle the barrel, in my opinion. HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Pours dark brown near black very little head. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, smokey chocolate. Taste is very similar oak and bourbon with a simple chocolate with a slight smoke flavor. Very simple tasting compared to the other bourbon barrel beers out there. Not better than the version of the non BA version with cocoa nibs added. bhensonb (15603) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Tap at the Rubicon. Pours very brown/black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon/vanilla aromas. Lots of flavor. Touch of treacle, chocolate, touch of coffee, lots of bourbon, touch of oak. Always seems to finish with a little mocha. Rave. Rave. Rave. Great drinking ale. Incredibly tasty for 6%! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Served on tap at BLAH.The appearance is a glossy rich black hue with a mico cream brown head. The aromas are moderate with nice smooth bourbon and chocolaty malts. The flavors are medium in intensity. A great chocolate roast flavor with some good oatmeal additions. The bourbon in smooth low intensity but nice and flavorful. Gives a nice mild and slightly chard oak character. The mouth is medium to full bodied. Slightly creamy and fairly dry. I wasn’t sure how well a moderate abv brew would hold up to barrel aging but it gives off a more moderate and still tasty flavor profile. Nicely done.