nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Tap @ Bells tasting. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Faint hints of chocolate and roasted malt...espresso beans and then it’s a shot of boozey bourbon. Medium thick body, coating and roast/boozey with a sweet/boozey/roasty finish. Nice! AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
On tap at Oaks Cafe. Pours a very dark brown with a head that doesn’t hang around too long. Smell is an absolutely incredible bourbon with plenty of vanilla. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. The barrel aging tones the java down a bit, but this is so damn easy drinking. I have to argue with the 7.5% ABV noted here in the profile, I think it’s easily higher than that. Dogbrick (13384) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Sample at the Bell’s tasting at Brews Cafe on 3/6/08 (as Bourbon Barrel Java Stout): Pours nearly black with a wispy beige head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing. Nice coffee aroma with some oak and roasted malt. Rich, smooth body with an understated coffee character. Notes of malt, hops and bourbon flavor. The finish is mostly coffee with touches of caramel and toffee. Hit the ground running with this one because it turned out to be my favorite of the evening. Very good overall. jsquire (4537) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap at the Bell’s dinner at Brews. Dark beer with a thin brown head. The initial aroma is bourbon barrel followed quickly by burnt espresso beans. Warm, round bourbon flavors with oak and vanilla lead in the flavor, followed quickly by stale coffee, brown sugar, and an espresso bean bitterness that lasts well into the finish. Tons of flavors in this beer, all well balanced. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap. Pours the same as the regular version. Of the three Barrel aged Bell’s beers I had, this was the most subtle in terms of the barrel aging. Either it spent less time in the barrel or the coffee helped drown out the barrel notes. First aroma is the intense, rich coffee, just like the regular version. The notes from the barrel are there but you have to look for them a little. The flavor is intense, fresh tasting coffee with just a hint of the wood complimenting the coffee taste. Long, sweet, roasty finish. Good.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
On tap @ Brew’s Cafe: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, rich woody notes, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor, coffee and chocolate at first, oak and vanilla, a really nice balance or the wood and yet still maintains a nice coffee character. Very enjoyable. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 22, 2008
On tap at Maduro in Madison, WI Notes say this was called Bourbon Barrel Java Stout. Both aroma and taste are lactose, roasted malt, coffee, and oak. Great mouthfeel. My last beer at Maduro that night. Thanks to Bell’s and Maduro’s for having such a great event! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Maduro prior to the 2007 GTMW: Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin wispy-lacing tan head. Aroma of toasty malt, maple syrup, bourbon oak and sweet caramel. Body is well-balanced with a good amount of sweet caramel bourbon and coffee with doughy toffee and some oaky balance. A nice barrel-aged beer. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Maduro pre GTMW- Intense roast and sweetness. Big bold flavors all fight eachother for center stage. The bourbon and coffee were dominant and worked well together. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2007
sampled at GTMW 06. poured via handpump by Larry Bell. pours black with very small off white head around the rim. nose of stale coffee and bourbon. i didn’t think the oak/bourbon notes worked with the coffee notes this beer, it sorta comes off tasting stale and burnt.