slowrunner77 (12133) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2014
A little overboard on the brandy barreling makes this slightly astringent and overly alcoholic without the huge body, but the brandy aroma and flavor is quite nice, and the chocolate and some maltiness of the base beer comes through. Could have been better, but not bad :) joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
On tap at the Barrel House. It pours black with a tan head. The aroma is rich with chocolate, nuts, raisins and red fruit. The flavor is nice and woody with more chocolate, licorice, background red fruits and alcohol. Pretty tasty. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Earlier Rating: 3/31/2012 Total Score: 3.5
On draft at Beer Rev. It pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is dark and roasted with some hints of tart berries. The flavor is nice if a bit solventy with some strong notes of blackberries and alcohol. The roast comes in a bit in the finish. Not bad, just lacks the punchy flavor you’d expect from a brandy barrel aged impy stout.
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some light tartness, dark fruits, brandy and oak, hints of coffee, and some light vanilla. Flavor interesting with a nice blend of everything. Smooth texture. A really interesting beer. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Delicious little brew. Crispness in the end but has a big malty taste. So smooth on the palate. AdamChandler (5081) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Almost black. Espresso stubborn head. Nose has a tart raspberry and like with melon. Kind of balsamic. This isn’t a sour is it? Taste is nice good roasted character with char oak and ash with licorice and a consistent sweet tart sour. Not in your face but it’s a solid tart character. I like it
Zymurgeist2 (2272) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Clear, chestnut with minimal head from the alcohol. This beer screams booze, booze, booze. The barrel really takes over here and it is sugary, perhaps a little under attenuated. Some moderate chocolate, roast and vanilla. I love the Drakonic, but this is a little too much booze and not enough RIS goodness and rich complexity. bb (9423) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Draft. Blackish beer with a light tan head. Brandy and light caramel aroma. Rich malt and light chocolate flavor with light roast and light brandy. Medium-plus bodied. Rich malt and brandy linger with light chocolate and light caramel.brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Earlier Rating: 3/29/2012 Total Score: 4
Draft. ABV listed as 10.5% and said Bourbon Barrel aged, but tastes more like Brandy. Black beer with a thin dark tan head. Acetic/sour aroma with dark fruit and light brandy. Sour/acetic flavor with dark fruit and light brandy/bourbon. Medium bodied. Sour/acetic notes linger with dark fruit, light dark malts, and light barrel notes.
Black in color with a tan head. Typical Drake’s barrel aged imperial stout aroma of vinegar. Balsamic, roasted malt, brandy, coffee, and tart berries. A bit of booze and wood, too. The flavor is very tart and acetic. Balsamic vinegar, unripe blackberry, licorice, roasted malt, coffee, brandy, and alcohol on the finish. Blah. Ratman197 (14946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2013
On tap at Drakes poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roastiness, toasted oak, bitter chocolate, fruittiness and light brandy. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, toffee, bitter chocolate, brandy and light oak with a smooth lingering roaty brandy finish. bytemesis (8537) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Tap at Barrel House. Pours opaque black with a small brown head and great lacing. Aroma is coffee, tobacco, brandy. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Medium plus body. Does not seem to be a lot of change of character from the Brandy barrels in this one.