LinusStick (3497) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2014
It’s hard to do a bourbon barrel aged stout poorly. Aroma was perfect. Strong vanilla, oak and bourbon. Pour was a deep dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was just a tad thin, but still fantastic. Vanilla, milk chocolate and bourbon. Sweet and delectable. Tastes like a good desert. Very mild carbonation. thornecb (6020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Hot chocolate, vanilla and oak aromas. Dry with sour chocolate, hot pit fruit and molasses. Lasting oak and bourbon burn. chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2015 Has a very rich flavor with good use of BBL aging.
Slightly smokey but no burnt qualities.
Given no expectations, a pleasant surprise.
(revisited with 12 oz bottle in Nov. 2015). BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dates, figs, roast and chocolate malt with prunes and earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt and fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. DrinkinWell (389) - - APR 4, 2014
Pour start brown with decent head and caramel colored place in. Distinct notes of alcohol on the head, as well as chocolate. The bourbon barrels impart strong notes of alcohol, bourbon, and vanilla, transforming Insidious into a great barrel-aged stout.
drfabulous (8468) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2014
12 ounce bottle thanks to Greg. Dark pour. Tan head. Bourbon and some vanilla. Light for the high abv. Thin body. But overall, pretty good if not an intense barrel aged. merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Aroma: Dark Chocolate, Mild Brown Sugar, Mildly Boozy, Mild Coffee
Appearance: Dark Opqaue Hue, Passes No light, Very Thin Brown Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
Taste: Chocolate, Mild Coffee, Mild Bourbon
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3/13/14 $4.39 bottle from CBO. Not a bad beer. It's a shame that BCBS spoiled everything for me. This is a solid beer
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12oz bottle (no date, assumed 2013) from Jtclockwork, drunk 3/11/14keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Tan head immediately recedes a ring atop this clear, deep mahogany brown beer.
Less coconut and raw barrel in the nose and in its place, more grainy bourbon mixed with sweet caramel and some rather ashy, dark roast. Some doughiness or oxidation, however, is inescapable. Certainly works fine with the rest of the stout, but I’d rather see lots of bright vinousness instead of more premature oxidation. No alcohol initially, though it hasnt warmed fully.
The flavor has more of the soy-like oxidation, lots of bittersweet baker’s chocolate notes and buttercreamy maltiness. Very low carbonation, slick mouthfeel and very light prune/raisin acidity on the end. Rather simple, a bit sweeter than I’d prefer and I just can’t get past the soy flavor. Texture seems filtered/force carbonated where some natural carbonation and a more engaging mouthfeel would help allay some of the heavy, lifeless flavors. Certainly nothing wrong with the beer and it’s a fine sipper if that’s what youre going for, but dosent really measure up to the better examples of the style.
No bottling date.
Appearance: The body is an opaque black with chestnut edges. A short brown head appears for a moment, but disperses to a very thin coating with a thin and bubbly ring.
Aroma: The aroma is mild but hints at fudge, weak bourbon and a subtle fruitiness. I enjoy the aroma, but I find it to be too weak.
Taste: This tastes pretty great, chocolate and coconut are the prominent flavors with a hint of underlying bourbon and cherry throughout. The flavor is not huge, but they are balanced nicely, leaning sweet, with flavors I enjoy.
Palate: Full-bodied, almost chewy, with mild carbonation.
Overall: This isn’t an a-list bourbon barrel stout, but it’s definitely an enjoyable one that I will buy again next year. I think that this would go great with chocolate deserts.