CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Growler at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours an oily opaque black with a thin ring of khaki-colored head. Has a sweet, rich dark caramel malty nose with some smooth vanilla oaky bourbon and rum raisins. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel sweetness with some peppery spice and black licorice complexity before a warming sweet rich dark chocolate finish. Could use a little more body and sweetness to balance the warmth of the spice, but a nice beer regardless. jedinord (30) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2010
I don’t think this treatment is as good as the original beer. Its an excellent beer still, don’t get me wrong, but the bourbon barrel overpowers the subtleties that make the original so superior. The alcohol REALLY comes through on this one, and the peppers are lost, and the chocolate is pushed to the back. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Wow, ok, 4.5 average? Heh. I mean, this is not a bad beer by any means; in fact, it’s quite good. But 4.5 is outrageous. The barrel pretty much ruins this beer. Though the treatment is mellow, it covers up all the subtle completely that the cinnamon and peppers bring to the regular version. I guess I don’t know why I expected anything different. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Quiroga, you’re the shit bro. Woodshop 5.0 (2010) in Anaheim with many fellow Ratebeerians. Sample poured from cquiroga’s growler that looked more like a moonshine bottle. Still, oily black color with clear brown edges, some light brown swirls. Nose is gnarly bourbon with a bit of diacetyl and peppery tones. Flavor character shows a much different side, packed with perfect amounts of vanilla, smoke and oak wood. Extremely smooth finish. Interesting discrepancies between nose and flavor. Thanks for sharing Chris! adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAR 4, 2010
#1500 !! On draft at R & H. Pours a pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, dark silky chocolate, malt and peppers. Taste of bourbon, silky dark chocolate, baking cocoa, malt and hot spicy peppers. Interesting stuff.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Opaque pour with a deep dark brown head. Big aroma- some bourbon presence but it’s soft and oaky rather than boozy and abrasive. Creamy chocolate, thick caramel and a touch of peat. Quite toasted in it’s oaky character. Creamy dense body. Soft vanilla from the oak with notes of fudge followed by tons of peppery notes on the back. The pepper presence is resiny and not too hot. Residual dry oak and roast resonate in the finish. An awesome barrel-aged stout. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Clark’d this shit from Woodshop like a pro. Actually, not as bad as the high ratings lead me to believe. Yeah, lots of bourbon that cover up any trace of the peppers, cinnamon and chocolate nibs. Still though, nicely barreled and lacking the chalkiness that I get from most CCB stouts. malrubius (2863) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2010
On tap at RnH. Black with dark brown ring. Cocoa coffee dark fruit licorice and wood aroma. Rich chocolate cocoa syrup coffee dark fruit vanilla cinnamon and wood with creeping pepper burn in the finish. Rich complex and burning. Overwhelmingly complex, like a pizza with everything on it, when your favorite pizza is just pepperoni. wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
32oz "growler" from Chris Q’s awesomeness. Huge thanks! Black color. A bit of booziness. Strong bite in the taste. A spicy bite that lingers in the back of the throat. Oh that’s right, doesn’t this have some kind of pepper in it? The body leans heavy. Barrel aging is subdued but good. No oxidation. Very good. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Tap at Rattle and Hum. big bourbon nose. Nicely carbed. a bit rough on the throat, reminds you that you are alive. a touch of sweetness weird but delicious peppery bite. Sweet peppery full bodied outrageous.