SuIIy (1983) - 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. Dogbrick (13018) - 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. 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. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest, poured by Mr. Bell himself! Poured a very deep brown with some lighter brown at the edges. Nose was deep, with lightly-burnt coffee maltage, hints of dark chocolate, rich vanilla, and oaky bourbon sugars. Burnt coffee bitterness and citrus tartness provide a fine first impression on the tastebuds... followed up by more coffee grounds, dark chocolate, oak, and warm bourbon. Flavors meshed very well. Fuller on the palate than it appeared in the pour, with sticky dark malts and alcohol at the finish. Excellent brew!
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. 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. Pailhead (6540) - 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. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Tap @ GTMW 2006, with a handshake and “God bless you” to Larry after he filled my glass to the brim. Opaque and midnight brown in color with no movement anywhere. Sweet chocolate morsels and caramel chipped cookies implore the nose, annotated by a whisky & rye trait and an aged mocha bean depth. All in all, a priceless, priceless, priceless bourbon chocolate array. Oozing liquidity streams into the mouth with chocolate and caramel accented bourbon. It’s a straight, mystical stream running down the hatch. Caramel mocha coolers become a main flavor player with a classic milk chocolate elegance. Granular grinds are melded into the straight stream, conjuring up semi-sweet chocolate nodes as it passes through. Coating palate warmth with a vanilla bean complexity. Delicate artesian fudge with interwoven bourbon-soaked mocha beans create an ever memorable finish. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Sampled from bottle at Larry Bell’s Brickskeller event. Deep jet black color with a ring of light beige head. Great nose of intense coffee, oak, light bourbon and yes, a note of that furniture staining stuff (in a good way). Flavor is very earthy and coffee-like with some caramel, wood, light tinge of bourbon and roastiness. The body, although smooth, was a bit on the thin side with very light carbonation. One of the more enjoyable oak-aged beers I’ve had. Very nice stuff.