zinvegas (10) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2012
My new favorite beer. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very much bourbon with hints of chocolate. The beginning of the sip gives you a very hot, boozy flavor, but the oak, chocolate, vanilla, and even a bit of cherry flavors mask the high ABV after the initial taste. Aftertaste is lingering malt and a hint of vanilla, and the mouth feel is also very nice for a beer with such a high alcohol content. beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is lightly roasted malt and bourbon. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak/bourbon. Very nice. Alcohol is noticeable, but it is 13%. Finish is fairly smooth with no unpleasant lingering aftertaste. Medium to full body. A very good beer. But a sipper. Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2012
2012 Vintage poured into tulip
Appearence: Pours a dark brown to almost black in color with about a one finger size head. The head is of a light brown color that dissapates quickly to leave some real nice lacing behind.
Smell: The smell is of a rather simple bourbon and vanilla with a slight alcohol. I do pick up on some possible chocolate and a sweetness like molasses with some faint roasted character. It is a pretty sweet smelling beer.
Taste: Upon initial taste I get the bourbon and vanilla followed by some of the sweetness and some faint chocolate. On the swallow I do notice a light hop character that really seems to tone down the sweetness and prevents this from being overly sweet. I must mention that the alcohol is fairly well hidden but at the same time noticeable. I do get some very, very slight alcohol burn but in no way unpleasant. A rather simple tasting beer but one that for that reason is easily enjoyed!
Mouthfeel: This beer is surprisingly smooth. I was expecting this to be "hot" and not as creamy as it is. The carbonation is pleasing and the body very enjoyable too. Itís silky smooth in my mouth and not too viscous but like I said befor very creamy and smooth. Excellent feel!
Overall: Just a very enjoyable experience with this one. Not overy complicated but a rather straight forward beer that is a sipping pleasure. Iím interested what some time would do to this but it is so good fresh I donít know if time would do this one good.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Bottle, bottled on 3/14/12. Poured into a chalice. This beer pours a tinge lighter than black. An inch worth of mocha head rests atop. Light lace left behind. The nose is sweet with vanilla, maple, gingerbread, chocolate, oak. The bourbon isnít as strong in the nose as Iíd expected.
Moderate mouthfeel, with decent carbonation presence. Slight oily feel on the back end, but drinks nicely. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Again, the bourbon is underplayed, but its subtlety is what I like about this. Rounds out a nice roasted brew, giving a welcome sweet balance. I usually like to split my bombers with someone, but this one was a treat to drink on my own. Loved it.
ryanfolty (2538) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Date: June 29, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: Trade with some dude who I am forgetting in my drunken stupor Description: Black pour with some red at the edges. Aroma was bourbon, wood and roasted malt. Taste was consistent with aroma. Full bodied and smooth. 2011 vintage.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Love the woody bourbon scents on this beer. Pours a nice black, has a big alcohol bite that is rather nice. Bottle shared by Ryan.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2012
2012 bottle. Poured black with a brown, lacing head. Delicious and complex nose of the expected bourbon, with vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee beans, plum, raisins, hints of molasses and licorice. Dense, oily as it should be. Well balanced, with a long lasting roasty, slightly bitter aftertaste. Just perfect. Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 2012 Release on tap at The Bruery Provisions, an from a bottle. deep, almost creamy black color. Aroma is deep chocolate, vanilla and oak. Incredibly smooth for such a big beer, and the taste balance between the classic stout flavors of chocolate, coffee etc. are amazingly balanced with the big oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors, and hints of dark cherry. I canít wait to see how it ages. csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Iíve had this a couple times, bottle and draft - pours deep dark brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon and oak up front with coffee, vanilla, smoke in the back. Mouth feel is a bit lighter than other ba stouts. Tastes bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses, toffee. Great stuff ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2012 Huge beer. Pours almost black with a medium head. It pours with a thicknessin to the glass. The nose is big with alcohol and a sweetness that is hard to describe. There is also some vanilla. The taste is great. Again the beer has a uniqueness that probably comes from the barrel aging. Almost a cough drop taste. Chocolate and some licorice also are blended in. Long finish, Iím glad i have 3 bottles left.
Re-tasted on 9/5/12 - The beer has changed since my last taste. This one almost had a Mounds candy bar taste, like it was melted into the glass. I really enjoyed it.