ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Poured on tap at Beachwood BBQ 1st Anniversary gathering. In the glass it’s jet black with a medium head. The aroma has some sweet alcohol and cough syrup. The first thing I notice with the taste is a roasted fruit which is very pungent. There is alcohol and vanilla to follow. The wood from the barrels comes on the finish which is very long. Great beer. DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Draft in a snifter at Capone’s during PBW 2011. Pours hazy jet black with tan head. Nose was heavy black patent and chocolate malts, cacao, molasses, walnut, oaky, spirity bourbon, vanilla. Tasted rich, a bit hot, with a large malt bill, cacao, a pronounced oaky bourbon element, some spirits, vanilla, and a level of hops in the backend. Good complexity. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Black color with tan foam. Nice bourbon, vanilla bean, coffee, dark roast aromas. smooth medium body. Vanilla, medium roast coffee, whiskey, roasty flavors--very tasty barrel brew daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Tap at our second BP stop of the day! Dark pour, tan head. All the aromas of the regular VaS are noticeable, but they take a bit of a back seat to the barrel notes. Nice fudgy, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee...rich and delicious. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
On nitro at Toronado. Black with a creamy tan head. Bourbon chocolate bourbon vanilla bourbon and coffee aroma and taste. Excellent.
peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
On tap. Frothy expresso tan head on black beer. Aroma is heavy bourbon, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and roast. Taste is dominated by heavy, semi-harsh bourbon followed by roasted chocolate malt, bitter coffee, vanilla, coconut, and some noticeable alcohol heat through the finish. Smooth and almost creamy feel in the mouth. Bit heavy handed but very good. kathouse (1926) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2011
This is nitro on tap at Aces and Ales. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Smell of vanilla, oak, and cherry. Delicious flavor of malt, vanilla, and fruit. Alcohol is very warming. Finishes thick and creamy too. Deliciously toasted. A top brew! italianjohn (3190) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Dark black pour ruby hue thin beige head .... aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon ... medium bodied tastes like sweet and bitter cocoa, bourbon, vanilla and oaky ..... up front was mostly oak and bourbon but as it warmed the vanilla and cocoa came out more little caramel in there ... finish is dry oaky and cocoa ..... an awesome brew not as good as the regular but still excellent argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Nitro, RBSG Fri evening. Medium tan head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, roast, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some Bourbon/vanilla. Creamy medium body. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On nitro-tap at Capone’s. Served in a mini snifter.
Pours near black with a really nice head that goes from light tan to nearly white at the top. Beautiful nitro head. Some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose immediately carries a ton of vanilla with some nice chocolate notes in the background. As it warms, a nice bourbon character and mild oak presence take hold.
The flavor isn’t quite as complex or integrated as the nose -- and doesn’t contain nearly as much vanilla -- but it’s still quite nice. The bourbon takes on the dominant role with some chocolate and light vanilla backing. Mouthfeel is uber-creamy and nicely carbonated. Really solid effort, and I’m glad I finally got to try this one, which has been on my radar for quite some time.
Serving type: nitro-tap
Reviewed on: 06-12-2011