Ungstrup (38423) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2006
On tap at the brewpub, RBSG 2006. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of roasted malt and chocolate - the aroma is surprisingly weak. The flavor is sweet with notes of whiskey, roasted malt, and wood, leading to a dry end where the whiskey lingers around. Compared to other barrel aged beers, I’m disappointed in this one. chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
This one is aged in proper oak barrels, rather than being impregnated with oak chips as in the normal version. And the influence of the oak is quite apparent in the aroma - vanilla with vinous notes and a good hit of sweet coffee. More vanilla, toffee and some chocolate, in the flavour. A bit reminiscent of fudge. Finishes relatively sweet. Definitely a couple of notches up from the regular version. On tap at the Dominion brewery.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2002
Major vanilla aroma with hint of alcohol. Vanilla stays with flavor, along with maltiness and slight bourbon. Aftertaste turns bitter, yet all the while keeps its vanilla. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 (Draught) Pours black with a medium-sized tan head. Sweet chcolate and vanilla aroma. Flavor of semi-sweet chocolate and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Nice creamy palate, somewhat bitter. Good beer! hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2004
From my notes (tasted ~ 2 years ago). My wife went to work at a client in Va for a week and as a surprise, she brought me back a Growler of this (no wonder why I married her!). Still have the Oak Barrel Stout labled growler. Poured dark with a tan head. Strong woody aroma with vanilla and chocolate. Could taste teh bourbon flavor on top of the oak, chocolate and vanilla. Very good beer. After revisiting this from my notes, I would like to have this beer again.
hopscotch (11242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Re-rate: 12/17/04:... Draft... This beer rocks!... Wow! I can really smell and taste the bourbon in this batch. I’m a sucker for anything bourbon. Higher score!******
Original rating: 1/10/04:
New Moon black with a hidden, clear, crimson hue. Creamy head. Great lacework.
Notes of Tia Maria or Kahlua, vanilla, chocolate, oak and cherry. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, crisp, bitter finish. No bourbon detected... and I know bourbon. Still, a very nice beer. DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Draft at the Green Leafe tavern in Williamsburg, VA. I rated the bottled version 4.0, and I liked this one even better! Pours dark brown, with aroma of bourbon, vanilla, malt, coffee, and scotch. Tastes very malty, with a creamy vanilla, molasses, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, slight smoky, roasty, even slight fruity finish. One of the most complex and drinkable stouts I’ve had. I found this one to be more intense in flavor and complexity than the bottled version. This one is so good I’d consider driving 5 hours to get more. I’d force a Hindu to eat prime rib to get a growler of this stuff. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Name: Oak Barrel Stout (BP)3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
black, frothy tan head, strong sweet buorbon aroma, rich complex malt flavor, low bitterness
Name: Oak Barrel Stout (BP)
black, whispg tan head, sweet vanilla aroma, rich sweet malt flavor, lots of vanilla character, nice woody bitterness, fucking amazing
Name: Oak Barrel Stout (BP)
somehow seems subdued in the days of big Bourbon beers, but really just shows better balance
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Served from a gowler, a tan head sits atop a mostly dark brown body. Heavy butter in the nose, really covering up everything else that might be down there. Seems to be another bourbon aged beer that produces a byproduct butter scent. Have to say it has a nasty chalky butter flavor, but it’s quite smooth on the palate. Not impressed. Is there something wrong with this growler? If it’s true I’ll have to take down this rating. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pours a thick opaque black with a thin light tan head. Subtle bourbon oak aroma well-balanced with roasty malt. Starts robust and malty sweet with an oaky bourbon balance and hints of vanilla and dark chocolate. Well bodied for a regular stout, yet smooth, drinkable and very enjoyable. Much more balanced and tastier than the non-brewpub oak chip version. Many thanks to jeffc666 for sending me a growler!