PhillyCraft (8323) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle with Simon and Keith, pours black with medium coffee head, lots of tony bubbles and sticky lacing streaks. Aromas and flavor of carboard, plastic, gouda cheese, graham, coffee, chocolate, and roast. Sticky palate with a char finish. More of a porter. tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013
2012 bottle with Meg. Pours black with deep brown head. Nose of roasted oak, burnt coffee, vanilla. Bitter roasted coffee balanced slightly with the vanilla and bourbon flavors.
alobar (3996) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours black with minimal head. Aroma of roasted malt,chocolate, and hint of bourbon. Flavor has dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and touch of tartness at the end. 2010 bottle. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2012 bottle from artmcd8. The pour is black in color with a big firm frothy mocha head. Nice lacing on the glass after each sip. The aroma consists of; ashy notes, lots of chocolate, roasted malt, a slight dark fruit character, and faint whiffs of bourbon. The flavor uncovers a mild earthy hop component with a lot of mocha/dark chocolaty notes. There’s chocolaty sweetness throughout with a touch of caramel. The bourbon is hardly noticed but it’s there to add another element to an already good beer. Deep down there’s some creamy vanilla that pairs well with the chocolate and what bourbon is there. Very tasty stuff. I like the level of drinkability too. Advocate_Ames (636) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2012 bottle aged in Markers Mark Bourbon barrels. A good carbonated beverage that forms a well liked head in my glass. The aroma is very rich with roasted malts. There is a minimal chocolate and sweet bourbon undertone in the scent. As for flavor I noticed dark malts, hops, faint bourbon, and chocolate flavors. The roasted malts are tasty but a little too potent. I was impressed by the pleasant hop flavor in this beverage. The Homewood leaves a malt and hop aftertaste with a mild bitterness. My palate was impacted mildly as well. Overall I really enjoyed this drink. A very fine beverage.
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
2011 bottle...pours black with ruby hues and a medium mocha head...good retention and lacing. Aroma has dark fruit and oak atop smoothe bourbon and faint vanilla...mildly boozy. Flavor has burnt wood notes and molasses...slight oak and very faint bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly lively with a roasty/oaky slightly nutty lingering finish. crosamich (474) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2010 bottle. some sour mash-type flavors here. Not infected or anything but something I have noticed in some bourbon beers. thin body, coffee, some burnt & roasted notes. easy-drinking and balanced. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
1L swing-top growler, 2011 vintage, courtesy of Beerman6686. thanks again, Dan! opens with a pleasant hiss and pours beautifully, much denser and rich than i expected, and sits deep, tar-black in the glass capped by a creamy, dark cocoa head that leaves drips of lace. aroma is great with rich, toasted oak, molasses, dark chocolate, and bourbon up front with subtle notes of vanilla, raisins, nutmeg, and maple as it warms. flavor is damn nice, maybe a bit of a let-down from the aroma though, with rich, smoked malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a hint of sweet molasses that transitions to dark fruits, oak, and bourbon on the back end. palate is smooth and full bodied but just a touch over-carbonated with a toasted, bourbon-esque finish. overall, a damn nice barrel aged stout. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2012
swing top bottle. black with medium-sized brown head. aroma of mild roastiness, light coffee, bitter cocoa, and some burnt toast. flavor of highly roasted coffee, burnt malt, dark chocolate, and little else. I don’t detect too much barrel aging at all. A pretty good dry stout. Dogbrick (14391) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Sample at the Ping Pong, Foosball, and Great Beer tasting on 03/03/2012. Thanks to JaBier for sharing a 2010 bottle. The beer is black with a medium thin khaki head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Stingy lacing on the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt and fruit in the nose. Medium body with flavors of sweet chocolate malt, dark fruit and bourbon. The finish is roasty with a dark malt aftertaste. Above average overall.