pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
12oz bottle from yet another generous soul at kuhnhenns winter party... pours very close to black with a moderate tan head. nuthin much to it more than that... aroma was huge on rich chocolate and an assertive degree of bourbon and woodiness...flavors of rich chocolate flavor, heavy wood, bourbon, and vanilla flavors. thick and sticky mouthfeel. still pretty carbonated and perhaps a little too lively for me. all in all, this might be able to rival bourbon county stout but not just quite yet. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
black as night wit no head.heavy bourbon and alcohol aroma.along with some dark fruit and roasted malt.flavor is heavy on the bourbon and oak.followed by a sherry-like finish.this ones a bit over ba’d. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Bottle shared at Friday’s gathering. I unfortunately don’t remember who brought it. Pours black with very little head. Strong aroma of liquor, heavy alcohol vapors with some malt detected as well. The flavor is in a word, boozey. Strong alcohol which masks anything else that might be going on with this beer. Heavy duty alcohol burn at the finish. A very disappointing beer in a style I enjoy very much. notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Thanks to mibirder for this bottle - thick, viscous black beer - smells strongly of bourbon and thick chocolate and roasted malt - low carbonation - thick, slick yet sticky mouthfeel - strongly boozy, with loads of oak and some chocolate character - some red wine-ish tannins add some complexity, but there is way too much bourbon and alcohol - too much time in the barrel, I think. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle, something about it was 2005. BOURBON. Warming. Therein lies the extent of my notes, and I stand by them. Again, BOURBON. I did not expect to see this beer rated so high...
LilBeerDoctor (3958) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle shared by notalush (I think). Pours black with a dark tan/reddish head that dissipates into a small ring. The appearance was definitely the best thing about this beer. Aroma is VERY strong of bourbon. The flavor is, not surprisingly, BOURBON. Too much bourbon. Sweet, icky, nasty. A disgusting beer (unless you like bourbon, of course). Drainpour. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2008
12oz that was a bonus from mbirder. 2005 Vintage from the barrel and bottled by the brewer. Shared with m gf Cyn. Pours black iwth a nice paisley light brown head. Nose has an abundance of bourbon. Taste is sweet and very very viscous with lots of coffee and bourbon. Too bourbony for me. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Draft DOTD. Pours a black beer with a white head. Aroma and flavor is filled with bourbon, plum, raisins, wood and coffee liquor. Awesome BA stout! yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
strong bourbon flavor overwhelms the backbone of this imperial stout. Not to say thats a bad thing, but a run of the mill well executed IBBS. Not one of their better beers, but not too bad, slightly more enjoyable than the unbarreled version Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Many thanks to whoever brought the 2005 vintage growler to DLD! Poured deep, viscous black with a deep brown head that stuck to the glass well. The aroma was rich and inviting with well-roasted dark chocolate, coffee, and sweeter brownie-like chocolates inter-laced with a significant barrel presence (sweet bourbon, vanilla, and toasted older oak).. this would make a mighty fine after dinner drink (or anytime for me). The flavor held serve with warm semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla beans, and dry-roasted coffee at the core surrounded and touched by sweet bourbon and toasty oak.. well-balanced and big all around.. the barrel and the underlying beer played well together. Heavier-bodied on the palate with a clean, dry, warming finish of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.. thankfully it stuck for quite some time. Although I didn’t spend as much time with this beer as I wanted to, it left perhaps the most memorable impression on me from the weekend.. which is saying a lot!