1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
GTMW 2006. The beer pours to a black watery body with no head. The flavor is nicely coffee and bourbon with an oak mix. Mellow. The cask really made the java into something else. The aroma is a balanced coffee and charred oak with whiskey notes. Nice coating moderate palate. keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
On tap at Great Taste of the Midwest. Poured almost pitch black with almost nonexistent head. Smelled like liquor (bourbon), which just didn’t mix well with the coffee aroma for me. The taste was of weak coffee and roasted malts. Woody taste from being barrelled. Not awful by any means, but not quite worth the hype either. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
On tap: Aroma is loaded with roasted coffee with light chocolate and vanilla. Dark brown, virtually black, with an insignificant off-white head. Flavor is loaded with roasted coffee just like the regular version. Chocolate profiles is much bigger and light vanilla as well. Hints of wood hide in the background. Very tastey. SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 2005 Eccentric Day. Pours an oily black with a small, foamy tan head. Nose is oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, light bourbon. Tastes of coffee, bourbon, sweet sugars, chocolate, vanilla, oak. very smooth mouth feel, with a nice warming feeling in the end. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
2005 Eccentric Day: Enjoyed with Styles and Pailhead.
Opaque with a small creamy tan head and left an oily film on the cup. The nose displayed characteristics of coffee (duh), mocha, vanilla, prune and raisin, peat, wood, and yep bourbon imbuded wood. The taste starts with a heavy dose of coffee bitterness with a sweet vanilla and mocha overtone. Got some notes of a woody and earthy undertone further on before finishing with an interesting mineral and hop bitters finish. The feel is VERY WARMING, lievly and sharp with an oily body. Very good barrel influence but it did start to overpower as it warmed. I will take the regular Java over this but still nice to try once.