Travlr (24707) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Draft at Brewvival. Completely black, thick brown head. Aroma of vanilla, burnt espresso, chocolate. Taste is very roasty with brandy and vanilla, but not boozy at all. Very nice stuff. mcberko (17820) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 2010 vintage. 22 oz. bottle, sent from CooperEllis (thanks a lot, John), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of the buffalo trace barrels upfront, tar and charcoal. Flavour brings out the barrels upfront without overburdening the palate, with some smoked malt, charcoal and almost a sour tang to it, likely from the barrels - not much actual bourbon, just the presence of some sort of barrel aging. A slight improvement from the original, as to increase the complexity. But still sub-par for the style. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted chocolate malt, lightly smoked black malt and bitter coffee. Medium body. Finishes with a sweet bourbon/oaky roasted chocolate malt. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
A: The pour is essentially black in color with a thin layer of dark khaki head.
S: Whiskey and vanilla come through but the intense roastiness of the base beer is also really quite apparent. There is a bit of dark chocolate and coffee on the aroma as well. A touch of molasses and char.
T: Pretty much the same story on the palate. Whiskey flavor and vanilla with charred oak. Lots of roasted malts with some molasses and toffee sweetness as well as dark chocolate notes.
M: The body is certainly a bit thin on this beer, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are solid.
O: The barrel aging helps to take away some of the intense roast character, but it’s not an amazing beer. Benzai (15587) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2016
Bottle [2012 edition] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized quickly diminishing dark brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, bourbon sweetness, vanilla. Lovely. Flavor is dark malts, soft roast, loads of bourbon, vanilla, pretty sweet bourbon flavor flowing into chocolate and light mocha before ending with a moderate malt-slight booze bitter finish. Medium body, oily and lightly sticky texture, soft carbonation. Good beer for sure, but I was so blown away (4.7) by the original that perhaps my expectations were a little too high. Thoroughly enjoyed it though.
djd07 (14471) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a very dark brown with no head. The aroma is wood and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with strong roast, wood, dark chocolate, very good. Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Kentucky Fried Charleston Trip Beer #72. Draft at Brewvival. Pours an inky dark brown color with a thin white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, wood, vanilla, bourbon. The taste is big bourbon notes, vanilla, wood, chocolate, roasted malts, herbal hops. Quite nice. crossovert (12911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2013
It has a good roasted malt base but it also has an overbearing sweetness that lingers.
slowrunner77 (12040) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"a little light on the body for an impy stout, but smooth, and otherwise pretty nice. the jack comes through fairly strong in the aroma and especially the aftertaste, but not overdone. i’m not a huge JD fan (i liked the JD/Buffalo Trace one better) but this was done well." j12601 (11706) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pouring at the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin white head. Bourbon, wood, chocolate and roast. Roast, bourbon, chocolate warm toast and roast. Chocolate and light bourbon. Vanilla and roast. Chocolate, toast, light wood on the finish.