corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a tamer barrel presence than expected. Slight toasted oak and vanilla notes with only subtle bourbon presence. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee.
Medium bodied and similar to the aroma. The barrel presence is there but pretty faint with only slight earthy oak and sweet bourbon flavor. The base beer flavor is very strong with roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee and hazelnut. Slight lactic creaminess smother things out a bit before ending with a slight dry finish. Ratman197 (14686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Bottle shared by smittymack poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of bourbon, burnt carmel, vanilla, dark fruit and molasses. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, burnt carmel, vanilla, dark chocolate and light oak with a smooth lingering chocolate finish. Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate and faint bourbon. Flavor was medium bodied and creamy with bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, roasted malts and bourbon. nickd717 (4645) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
12oz bottle via trade. Very dark brown in color with a one-finger whiteh head that lasts and leaves some lacing. The aroma is pretty nice, with HUGE bourbon, backed up by ashy roast and coffee. The flavor is all right, but WAY too big on bourbon. That dominates the flavor, and a dry and ashy espressoish stout hides behind it. Medium-bodied with a rather dry mouthfeel, and a bit boozy for 6%, from all the bourbon I guess. Overall, a bit unbalanced. If they were able to fine-tune the -bal aging though, I could see this being pretty good. hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The aroma awards my senses with rich notes of toasted nuts, vanilla and bourbon. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and raspy carbonation. The flavor leans toward the bitter side of balance, but also offers moderately sweet vanilla, chocolate and coconut. Fairly bitter alcohol and charcoal finish. Bottle courtesy of MI2CA!
phaleslu (10101) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2010
12 oz. bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head that leaves a ring on the inner edge and a film atop the beer. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, plums, oats, and rye. Flavor of roasted malts, copper, vanilla, plums, smoked oak, coffee, and a little bourbon. Medium-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lingering finish of deep, bitter roast and with some ash as well. This hit the spot tonight, a very nice, simple, solid barrel aged stout. Ungstrup (37309) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of sweet matl as well as lighter notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with light notes of roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Served from a 12 oz bottle from Crown in Indy. The appearance is a rich chocolate brown with a medium frothy medium brown head. The aromas are mild with oatmeal, oak, and whiskey. The flavors are grainy with oatmeal and rye forward and whiskey in the after taste. The oak flavors have a rawness to them and dirty tone (not negatives) and a spice. Some wet coffee grinds too. The mouth is medium to full bodied with a tighter fizzier carbonation. I got to say this one grew on my quite nicely. A touch mellow but raw and tasty. rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
12oz btl. Pours dark medium body with a tan head. Smells of vanilla, raison, and a bit of that burbon. Tastes the same with some fruit to start and then fades to the burbon. Not bad. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2010
GABF 2010, dark pour, medium body. Roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon/whiskey. Pretty balanced as bourbon & wood lends itself & doesnt dominate other aspects of the beer. Nice stout