TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2017
Very dark brown color. Lots of dark fruit, roasted malt, oak, molasses in the nose. Low carbonation, tons of roasted malt, chocolate cake, bourbon, oak, amazingly smooth. Alcohol well hidden for the 14%. Excellent Angelmonster (197) - Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2017
This is review of Dec. 2014 vintage.
Pours a black, opaque body, head is paper thin and milk chocolate colored. Lacing was not really there and neither was head retention.
Smell is complex, mix of port wine, maple syrup, whisky, and sweet wort. Hops arent present, and alcohol, for being 11%, isn’t overpowering.
Taste is big on burnt malt, port wine, tobacco, charred oak, and finishes with some alcohol. Beer has a good amount of sweetness to balance all the other strong flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, kinda on the lighter side for an imperial stout. Wish head was around for longer, carbonation was sufficient.
Overall beer was good, cant say I enjoyed it much more than the non barrel aged version. Solid nonetheless, too bad Dark horse doesnt distribute to Colorado.
luttonm (6169) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2017
Chuck’s 85th, Seattle. Barrel Roller 2017. Darker tan ring foam, eggshell as SinH4 would say. Mostly black with some red light edges. Intriguing aroma of beer, in the pure and simple barley sense, and sticky fruity barrel flavors. Fruity banana bread, fruit cake, chalky cocoa impressions. Choco-banana candies from ex-Yu. Nicely bitter finish. Banana rather dominates, but in a fuller sense than esters alone. Bitter cocoa and simpler pure stout flavors. Really nice. BeerandBlues2 (13210) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 15, 2017
Bottle received via trade with antronnnn. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention. Aroma is heavy roast and chocolate malt with light Bourbon and oak notes, leather, light earthy and woody hops and dark fruit, malt-derived. Flavor is heavy roast and chocolate malt, light earthy and woody hops and bitterness, leather, malt-derived dark fruits and a medium dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. blueshockey24 (607) - Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate bourbon with hints of caramel. Taste is sweet rich chocolate, bready and bourbon with a chocolate bready malt finish. Excellent beer.
DrunkSanta410 (921) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle at home. Thanks Mike. Pours black, coffee colored head. Aroma is licorice, cocoa, vanilla, oak and Bourbon. Smells nice. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, boozy Bourbon. Smooth. Thick mouthfeel, velvety. A very nice beer. cobaink2 (670) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Crowler (yes Crowler) from chucks hop shop cd. Not much head on pour from crowler. Raisins, dark coffee, brownies and licorice. There is some lingering acidity from the coffee. Hazelnut is one of the stars here. There is a bit of burnt sugar on the aftertaste. The barrel is not overly obvious here but it not missed. Quite amazing. Ahuth (569) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled. Pours black not much of a head. Aroma is bourbon chocolate and vanilla hints. The palate is huge full body. Sticky. The taste is big bourbon. Malty sweetness and chocolate vanilla and some dark fruits. Great beer SG111 (1762) - New York, USA - FEB 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2017 Bottled 2016 vintage. Pours pitch black, tan head. Aroma is smoke, bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, tiny spot of raisin, leather, soy sauce. Flavor is super roasty, big boozy body, chocolate bourbon, vanilla, again, the tiniest drop of raisin, which I get but don?t think is there. boozy burn in the finish. Drinks big. Really good. fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2017
Sergey’s hunt; 11% ABV
Black color. Nice aroma, roasted malts, cardboard, coffee, alcohol, hints of black liquorice, and even sourness. Medium body, too strong liquorice flavor, sour, and burning alcohol; no bourbon.
Good beer, but weird, seems slightly infected.