ganache (6087) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottled 01/15/15. Nose is very sweet and oaky, tons of vanilla seeping up with strong and presumably sticky caramel, spice; they’re right to name it after the dominant wood character. Heavy spirits (Bourbon, very slight Port). Pours cloudy amber with firm carbonation and a dense, foamy beige head. Taste is sweet and hot very fiery alcohol, very heavy body with medium bitterness and extremely heavy spice and oak; strong vanilla, caramel, sugar, with just a wisp of smoke. Toffee and sticky lips. Man, that Bourbon essence is strong and warming, dominates all it surveys, but at least the strong malt base resists buckling under the weight, and there’s enough fresh (citric) hop character to add balance from that part of the spectrum (oils are a nice counterbalance to the alcohol, as well). It’s an extreme and unchecked barrel-bomb, to be sure, but a superlative sipper for Bourbon and cigar fans. hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured brown with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malts and caramel. Some fruit notes, malts and certainly lots of bourbon/wood notes. Very good beer. djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle on the RBWG bus. Pours a clear copper with beige head. The aroma is caramel and vanilla. Thin mouth with sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel with a boozy finish. radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Draft at Il Forno in Frederick, MD. Served in a classic pils glass (!?), hazy tannish dark brown color with thin tan head. Aroma notes of heavy malt sweetness, dark fruit, caramel, oak, vanilla, light chocolate and bourbon. Taste adds notes of toffee, molasses, apple, dried fruits, smoke and earthy hops. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, rich with sweet caramel-like finish. Not boozy at all, heavy bourbon and sweet malt notes. Pretty tasty. stevoj (5864) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Don’t know where to start, so much going on. Caramel, toffee, wood, bourbon, warmth. Nice creamy thick head and lacing. Makes my lips tingle.
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a large frothy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, wood, bourbon, mild raisin. The taste is toffee, vanilla, wood, apple skins, bourbon. Medium bodied, mild heat. Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Strong Bourbon character on the nose. Appearance is very dark brown with a small tan head with poor retention. Flavor is full of bourbon and oak with notes of chocolate. Roast character is smooth. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a well made bourbon barrel stout. Bourbon flavors are high now, but with age they will blend in with the beer. It's a good beer to age.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhonemabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Earlier Rating: 4/26/2014 Total Score: 2.7
Aroma of bourbon, oak and caramel. Appearance is a cloudy brown with a medium sized white head. Bourbon flavor is strong. Oak is in support. Malt contains some hints of caramel. Medium fruity esters. Hop bitterness is high which provides some citrus notes. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present and strong. Overall, there is too much bourbon flavor and not enough malt complexity.
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[6669-20140816] Bottle. Mild toasted grains and lightly soured aroma. Slightly hazy, amber brown body with a quick foamy white head. Soured grains flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA; Labelled "Bourbon Barrel Aged Devil’s Milk")
Overheard: "I knew my husband would die!" "... Because I trust you." -- tricked into trying a sour beer
Really tasty and drinkable barleywine. Carmel taste up front, then the wood, and a tasty sticky hop finish. jflopsu (1862) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours a dark amber with light white head. Has a strong dark fruit and malt aroma. Has a heavy dark fruit, malt, caramel, and raisin taste. A medium body.