sonnycheeba (6539) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, fizzy beige head; short retention and decent lacing. Aroma is bourbon, roast and caramel malts, milk chocolate, plums, coffee, and oak. Flavor is roast malt dominate with some dark fruit esters and earthy hops; bourbon and oak undertones throughout with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, prunes, dates, light chocolate and roast malt, earthy hops and faint licorice notes. Flavor is malt dominant, roast and chocolate, with dark fruity esters of prunes, plums, and raisins, vanilla and bourbon with a lightly sweet finish. Full body and medium-light carbonation. flyingzambonie (49) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
A wonderful example of a stout aged in barrels. Complexity level added with the bourbon overtones. Very noticeable but not overwhelming. Stout characteristics still come through.
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75cl, at 10%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, woody/roasted and slightly spicy/salty, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, yet expensive! dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
My review might be skewed by the cigar I’m enjoying... Just FYI. I feel like they are going for Dragon’s Milk with this, and as New Holland’s "crown jewel" is the gold standard, this brew comes up a little short. The aroma is good, the look is good, but the taste/palate just don’t quite deliver. Don’t get me wrong, its smooth and delicious. Not too many coffee flavors, lots of cream from the oak. Its just missing something and that something is probably the panache of the new holland brand...
Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
Keg at The Pony Bar UES, NYC. Pours clear, rich brown with a fine, light tan cream head. Nose holds lots of rich brown bread and milk chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary chocolate, light roast, very faint earth, brown sugar, light toffee, toasty malts and very light alcohol. Full bodied with average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Very mellow warmth on the finish with lots of dark sugars, dark bread, milk chocolate, caramel, faint vanilla and mild bitter earth. Not bad. wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Strong bourbon aroma which I love. I think it is lacking in body a little and the bourbon flavor hides the maltiness. Pours with a short-lived but beautiful head. AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2012
750 mL bottle - pours jet black with big, huge tan leather head, beautiful lacing, fully lasting. Light aromas of chocolate and malt, very slight. Taste is more alive, though, with wonderful dried fruits, chocolate, maple, vanilla, finishing with easy oaky bourbon flavors, log finish that keeps giving, touch of bittering dryness at the end. No hotness to speak of at 10%, smooth as silk palate, warming as it goes down. Really good. Nickls (2616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Tap. Nice lasting creamy khaki head with curtainy lacing, nearly black but clearly mahogany body. Bourbon really overcomes most aspects at first in the aroma, some vanilla, savory soy notes as well...missing the stout in the aroma but not badly. Base beer comes in more for the flavor, bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toast, soy and and savory finish. No sweetness to be found. Medium to heavier soft body. arone12 (935) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours a dark brown color with a lighter brown head. Pretty thin head to the beer. Smells of chocolate and some bourbon! Little bits of alcohol in the taste but not much at all. Nice chocolately finish with some caramel flavors mixed in. Pretty tasty beer.