vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Draft @ NotB. Black pour with tan head.Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malt notes, and some light hop notes that are suppressed by this malt dominance and barrel aging. caesar (7401) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2013
Bottled @ gbbf, batch br2 2012 purple wax, medium sample. Dark color, medium brown head. Aroma of biscuit, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee. Honey is gone in aroma. In taste its quite heavy on bourbon, bit boozy even. Still base beer is present. ajnepple (7370) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Backlog. On tap at GABF 2015. Black appearance with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, vanilla, caramel/toffee, oak and light bourbon. Similar flavor, a rich and malty sipper with a full body and a lingering finish. Nice. JStax (7318) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2011 Bottle shared by a generous soul. Dark brown to black with a khaki head. Big bourbon, vanilla notes and roast. Some licorice as well. Sweet and boozy. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle shared at Dan’s Birthday Tasting (Lyons, IL). 2012 Vintage. Pours a deep dark blackish hue, dark and near opaque. Some gentle brownish glow on the edges and bottom. Firm lacing with tannish frothy head atop, laces ok. A bit spirit driven, vanilla and whiskey compliments some toast, oak, and warmth. Initial is a bit hot, medium bodied with some firm spirit, toast, roast. Mellow coffee, some toffee, vanilla, and more oak. A bit thinner and hot. Middle is a bit warm, fudgey, and roasty. A bit odd. Backend is a bit toasty, carmelized, and sweet. Some vanilla, oak, and gentle smoke. Finish is a bit sweeter and spirit driven, a touch thin. A touch hot but quite nice I think.
ekstedt (7013) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
From a bottle at Haket, Göteborg, Sweden. Black with beige head. Intense chocolate and coffe aroma with molasses, vanilla and liquor. Full bodied, low carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium bitterness. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2010
22 oz bottle, via pantanap. Black pour with a small fizzy brown head that fell to a thin ring and a wispy partial covering. The nose is rather boozy and bourbon dominated, but there’s still a lot of good stuff in there as well. Vanilla, light wood, roast, bitter bakers chocolate, a little candied dark fruits. The flavor is pretty well balanced between the barrel and the beer though. There’s plenty of bourbon, but it’s as much focused on the vanilla, roast, oak, and dark roast coffee as the bourbon. Some light alcohol flavor, but it works pretty well with the slight sweetness and the vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a nice lingering vanilla and roast finish. Soft fizzy carbonation helps cut the body well. Pretty nice bourbon barrel stout. Any more booziness and it might have been too much, but I think this worked as it is. RobertDale (6988) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2012 22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and bourbon. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Very good. jfb (6984) - GERMANY - MAR 7, 2014
(bottle) pours black in colour with a creamy beige head. aroma of heavy brown sugar, toasted malts, vanilla, cinnamon and dark chocolate, with a hint of alcohol and earth. flavour is mostly brown sugar and fudge, with lots of vanilla, chewy pale malts, light coffee and some alcohol in the finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation. ben4321 (6841) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2016
22 oz bottle from Hoboken Vine. BR 1 2015. Purple wax. Dark brown in color with a frothy light brown head. Drippy lacing on the glass. Heavy barrel and bourbon on the aroma. Dark roast. Licorice and vanilla. Taste is more on the dry, roasty side up-front, sliding nicely into a slightly sweeter closing. Nice full bodied, roasty mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for a beer this high in ABV, but definitely meant to be a sipper.