fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Draft, pitch black appearance with creamy tan head. Big bourbony, dark fruit aroma. Taste is super smooth, bourbon, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Very good. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Draft, Roll out the Barrel Party at the Eccentric Cafe. Deep opaque brown-black body, thin to medium brown head. Nose of licorice, molasses, and raisin; also sharp alcohol. Body sharp and sweet with lots of raisin, chocolate, and roast, finishing with spritzy alcohol and an indistinct bite. The oak is modest. koleminer20 (3798) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On draft at the Eccentric Café. The pour is a nice black with a thin dark mocha head and minimal lace. The aroma is very booze heavy. Licorice and dark fruits take over half way through and carry through the finish. The taste is great. Very heavy, with the alcohol and fruitiness prevalent. The bourbon maintains it's dominance and the beer finishes really smooth. Very thick and coats the mouth. I'm liking this a lot.
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Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and bourbon barrel come through heavy. Appearance is dark black, with a brown head. Taste is sweet, caramel, coffee, toffee, finishes strong with bourbon. Mouthfeel is perfect, thick, wonderful. Overall, I compare with flavor to Dark Horse Plead The 5th, that is, delicious. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2013
On tap at the source... Pours a deep silky black with a creamy light beige head... Sour mash barrel forwardness with chocolate notes throughout. More emphasis on the aforementioned ... Flavors of bourbon sour mash and more of that sour mash aspect in the finish. Smooth chocolate and cocoa through the middle. Medium bodied and silky with adequate carbonation.
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Best of the Barrel party for me. Pours pitch black with a nice mocha head and no lace. Nose involves toasted coconut, butterscotch, clean hop notes, dark chocolate in droves, light smoke, raisin, molasses, figs, bbq oak char, and vanilla. Quite sweet, lightly tart, and quite bitter. Heavy body, oily viscous, fair carb, sticky, with a long warm bittersweet finish. Hell yes all around on this one. bwa5879 (949) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Lighter brown than the rest of the roll out the barrel day stouts. No head. Smell of dark fruit and bourbon. Low carbonation, watery mouthfeel, clean finish with bitter carbony taste. Strong maple/molasses/brown sugar bourbon flavor, bitter indistinguishable hops, booze, cocoa. Agreed with tectactoe, not too sweet. This is my favorite of the day. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Aroma is much like barrel aged expy. Malt, oak, bourbon dark fruit and coffee, with anise. The anise really shows through In the first sip. Coffee disappears for the most part. Very smooth chocolatey bourbon goodness prevails. Nice sticky finish. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Tap: Black center with some deep brown around the edges; super creamy tan foam sits on top and lasts for a long time. Aroma is sweet and smooth cocoa nibs, lots of brown sugar, molasses, like oak, and a low bourbon presence. Certainly barrel aged, but the barrel aged products are mild and well integrated. Taste is sweet brown sugar, milky cocoa, smooth, oaky bourbon, light licorice sweetness, lots of molasses, very smooth and well put together. Good improvement over the original Dagger Stout. Nice level of sweetness without going "too sweet". Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate, molasses, citrus hops, caramel, vanilla, lighter bourbon, and coconut. It pours a dark dark brown with no transparency and a small tan head. The flavor starts with chocolate and molasses. The finish has mild citrus hops, light bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and a touch of maple syrup. It’s full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel.