dmac (6429) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle shared at jimmacks Beer Wars preparty. Poured a very good looking deep dark black with a large beige head. Aroma of soy sauce, chocolate and mmm butter(ugh). The flavor is roasty enough that the butter stays away and lots of tar and tobacco coming through. Full body yet very lively fizzy carbonation. Interesting but needs tweaking. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 18, 2009
Very dark thick pour. Aroma is slightly smokey with some dark chocolate and roast. Taste is smooth with some smoked chocolate and coffee. Nice and smooth. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2009
Thanks to Scott for samples at the brewery!Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2009
Dark brown with a rich, fizzy tan head. Nose has lots of malt, chocolate, and minor alcohol. Flavor has loads of wood and malt, chocolate, and only faint bourbon notes. Dry, rather thin palate. Overall very un-aggressive given that the barrels are probably on their last legs with respect to the bourbon. That said, I enjoy the woody qualities here... keeps it unique during the current trend of bourbon bombs.
Jim Mack’s Pre-Beer Wars Gathering. Pours a black body with a tan coffee head. Roast y chocolate mineral character with a light vanilla and lots more roast y coffee. Dry coffee grinds and lots of coffee bitterness to finish. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
Growler at the T3. Smells boozy and sweet. Caramel. Dark brown with no head. Bitter taste. Crisp and flat on the palate.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Served from a bottle at toncatchers T3 tasting! Thanks to stefanje, lagunitasfan, weeheavysd, fordest, wetherel, alohac and of course toncatcher for suppling the house and grub. Flavors were a bit off for me in this one. Burnt wood, smoky ash, and hardly any bourbon. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle at Toncatchers T3 tasting. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Aroma was moderate in strength with coffee, chocolate and just a small whiff of whiskey. The flavor was coffee, oak and ash. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and acidic. Overall: I might have sung praises of this one a few years ago, but the bar has been raised, and this suffers by comparison to the likes of BA speedway. No real bourbon flavor materialized in the taste at all, this is a mediocre-good BA stout. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2009
Flip top bottle from Toncatcher. This was not so good. Pours brown with a bubbly head. Nose is sweet and rich, and bourbony. Taste sweet and burnt. Big old ehhh. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2009
1L swingtop. The body is a dense looking chocolate brown that shows virtually black at the center. A frothy, bubbly, light brown head leaves spotty lacing behind. Aromas of rich, bittersweet baker’s chocolate and espresso lay the base, while soft, woody vanilla notes and a subtle bourbon twinge add complimentary layers. Flavors are again rich and chocolaty, with notes of tasty cafe mocha and light, vanilla laden oak. The bourbon serves more as an afterthought here, but that’s not necessarily bad as the end result speaks for itself. Medium-full bodied, semi-dry, and perhaps a bit overly carbonated, the palate is a slight letdown. Good stuff overall. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pours black with a smallish light tan head. Smells of some roast, bitter chocolate, and mild coffe. Fairly simple aroma. The flavor seemed to have pretty good balance to it. Very roasty, with toasted malts, maybe some caramel cream and dark chocolate formulating the flavor profile. Seems like a pretty simple stout, but no really big flaws were noticeable. Not bad at all