BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2007
I was extremely impressed with this beer. I waited along time to have it (having had the Cherry Stout thanks to SurlySober before), and it did not disappoint. It was buttery, complex, unique, and fantastic.
My sample was fresh (delivered in the previous 24 hours) from Riley’s in Madison, and it sat in my fridge for about a week after I bought it.
Its appearance was a dark color (opaque) with a sturdy head of tiny bubbles. Aroma was buttery and butterscotch-y mixed with roastiness. Flavor was roasty with a buttery, bourbon-y consistency and notes of butterscotch at the finish. It was rather complex and delicious. Mouthfeel was good. I found this beer to be highly drinkable.
This beer is both unique and delicious. Highly recommended. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Uneventful is the pour, very dark brown/black with a thin, fully diminishing brown head. the aroma is mostly malt, with notes of chocolate, caramel, roasted grains and dark fruits. Bourbon is mild, so that’s nice - usually American brewers don’t know when too much bourbon flavor has been imparted. Vanilla and charred wood notes form ranks with spicy hops to create a peppery backdrop. The flavor is very sweet, malts overrunning the rest of the sublter nuances, grinding them under their weight. Bitterness is light to mild, acidity is mild. The finish is filled with roast, chocolate and bourbon, lengthy and uninviting. Alcohol is masked well throughout. The mouthfeel is medium-full, lowly carbonated and lightly sticky. This doesn’t have any bold flaws but the results of barrel aging and the imparting of even a semi-subtle bourbon flavor are uninteresting and make the beer feel completely unfocused and bland. The base beer here, satin Solstice, is a wonderful creation. Bourbon barrel aging absolutely rips it to shreds and makes it veer towards the realm of the useless. jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle from the generous Ughhhhh - Smash!!!! Bring back the beer bong pic eh? Pop the cap - boooooom - nostrils invaded with the oaky - bourbon - vanilla combo... delightful. Unfortunately, the flavor isn’t quite up to par with the aroma. Mouthfeel is a tad thin/watery - but I like the oak and chocolate thing it’s got goin on - and I enjoy that warmth for sure. Overall, a nice beer, but much inferior compared to the other bourbon aged impy’s I’ve had... Load my plate with some Kentucky Breakfast instead, please. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 20, 2007
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) Bourbon and chocolate, not a bad combo...Pours very, very dark brown, virtually opaque, with a 1/4" of biege head that mostly stays. Aroma of bourbon, oak, molasses, raisins, prunes and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, lightly oily, very lightly pebbly. Flavor reveals several different facets - bourbon with vanilla, light oak, bourbon with chocolate, dark chocolate and molasses, char and light coffee roast. Lingering light bitter chocolate and light vanilla with bourbon aftertaste. Maybe a touch hot but not bad. Pretty darn tasty, wasn’t overpowered with the bourbon, oak or alcohol. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2007
12 oz bottle, big thanks to andrew for bringing this and its partner to close out the bachelor party drinks. Pours a thick black with a wispy a beige head. Nose is nice chocolate, roast, coffee, bourbon, oak, carmel and toffee. Medium bodied. First sip is the bourbon. There seems to be a lot of it. Carmel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak. Really abundant and complex slightly sweet, the bourbon is a little overdone, but excellent none the less. Big thanks to andrew for this.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2007
RBSG 2007 Saturday Morning Breakfast - Oil slick black, tan creamy head. Nose held fulfilling rich notes of butterscotch, sweet bourbon, milk chocolate, and coffee, with softer woven notes of vanilla and oak. Well entrenched bourbon flavors are obvious, but fade into more complex chocolate coffee, buttery vanilla icing, and smooth sweet caramel tones. A light bitterness pulls this together all too well. Full bodied and oily, pillow soft carbonation, dry oaken, bittersweet finish.. What a nice surprise this one was. Thanks Iowaherkeye…well….for leaving the bottle in our room. ;-) GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured a cloudy brown color with a tan head. Distinct malty caramel aroma with a hint of brown sugar and whisky. Slightly sweet and full bodied. Buttery caramel and vanilla flavors, again with a hint of whisky and oak. Delicious. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Date: 4/28/2007Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Event: DarkLord Day 2007
Location: Three Floyds Brewing Co. Parking Lot
Serving: 12 oz bottles (barrel-aged for 1 year) shared by nflmvp. Thank you so much!
Aroma: Bourbon and vanilla, some chocolate as well.
Appearance: Very dark brown color.
Flavor: Light bourbon and lightly roasted malts with a chocolate finish. Oak and vanilla flavors are more prominent when the beer is allowed to warm up a little.
Palate: Medium-full body, but not quite as heavy as I had expected.
Overall: A great beer with lots of bourbon and stout flavors without being too overpowering or heavy.
Rating: 8 3 8 4 16 = 3.9
4/29/2008: Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout has a dark cola brown color with a small and thin tan head. The aroma is loaded with sweet, mouth-watering caramelized maltiness and a creamy vanilla with a touch of bourbony alcohol and oakiness. There is even a twist of sweet black licorice in it as well. It smells delicious. The flavor has a really rich and sweet caramelized maltiness, accents of chocolate, lots of soft vanilla, and smooth bourbon. There is even a touch of tobacco goodness. Bourbon-soaked wood and a some warming alcohol come through in the finish, but the alcohol presence doesn’t detract from the flavor and overall tasting experience in anyway. Actually, it really combines with the other flavors nicely wand works quite well! The full body of this beer is also appropriate and it has a an smooth and slightly creamy texture. This beer is quite delicious overall and worth seeking out if you enjoy beer and bourbon!
12 fl. oz. bottle from buckybeer via trade. Thank you Mark! I really appreciate it! Rating: 9 3 8 4 17 = 4.1.
Black color, thin tan head. Dark charred malt tastes come up front, but the harsh smokey flavor is quietly displaced over time by a smoother chocolate character. Light taste of alcohol, but still that nice warming quality. Slightly sour wood aftertaste. Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2007
I’m predicting big things for this up-and-coming brewery. This particular entry would make great competition for Irish coffee. It pours so dark it’s almost purple, with a nice head. Phenomenal aroma of bourbon and oak, and maybe even a little peat. Really nice bourbon flavor over a chocolatey base. More oak and bourbon in the aftertaste, with a really nice warming sensation.