RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle poured into snifer. Dark opaque black with a half inch creamy khaki head. Aroma is solid. Dark roasted malts dominate but also with present hints of vanilla, oak, coffee, leather, and the bourbon. Nicely balanced. Taste unfortunately doesn’t quite hold up. Thin bodied and velvety going down, too lightweight for a stout. Pretty bland upfront and too carbonated all-around. Finish has a hint of vanilla and a touch of sweetness from the bourbon. Watery and an astringent lasting effect after swallowing as well. Nice look and smell, very weak after that. weihenweizen (4041) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours coal black with light brown head. Some lacing, medium body, and low carbonation. Taste is burnt malt, coffee, and some hops. emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Draught at Beer Run. Dark garnet brown pour with one finger of chestnut brown head. Very nice nose, awesome rich caramel, coffee, chocolate, vanilla notes, barrel is very well integrated. Nice wood character. Awesome in all regards, fantastic barrel character. Almost dessertish, but not sweet or too rich. Medium body. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2011
It’s black, thick, and smooth with a huge, creamy tan head. It was excessively carbonated and took a couple of pours to get it in the glass. The color had me instantly wondering something that unfortunately was true of this beer. Because of the stout characteristics including the roasted, smokey, nutty flavors, the bourbon was really hard to pick up. There were some late woody and vanilla notes, but the bourbon was not as prominent as I would have liked. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2011
dark pour. Creamy malts and liquor. Chocolate and grassy with some bitter astringency. Roasted and toasted chocolate with some smokiness.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
12oz bottle from Liquor Barn, Louisville. Hard to believe this is 8.6%, according to BA. Thin, overly fizzy black pour with a body that screams under-attenuation. Very modest bourbon and chocolate in the nose. Body is indeed quite thin, and actually needs the carbonation for drinkability. Mildest of tannins, hints of vanilla syrup and shy chocolate malts to taste. If you told me this was a tweaked session brown ale, I might think better of it. fleagle (18) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2011
I like bourbon and I like beer, but in Bourbon Barrel Stout the former overwhelms the latter, making it cloyingly sweet and really unpleasant. I suspect I just don’t like the style. djd07 (15330) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle from bleeng at May Tasting. Pours a very dark brown almost black with a medium frothy light tan head with good sticky lacing. The aroma is coffee and light roast. Thin mouthfeel with oak and light smokey finish. A decent stout from Bluegrass. Marheb (5982) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2012 Grosse note de vanille, d’espresso et de chêne en bouche. Plutôt onctueux avec beaucoup d’effervescence. Arrière goût de carton qui gâche un peu le profil. albertfan5 (9) - Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2011 does not count
Hint of bourbon goes down smooth. Great aroma full bodied thick beer. Very good beer.