wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Tasted on 1/4/12 on draft at the Clybourn Brewpub. Pours completely opaque nearly black with a thin tan head that leaves a decent collar. The nose is a very pleasant blend of whiskey vanilla, caramel, and oak, with dark chocolate and coffee undertones. The flavor is slightly tart and astringent coffee, with the whiskey vanilla, caramel, oak, and dark chocolate taking a back seat. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bitter coffee with a touch of vanilla oak finish. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2014
[Tap] Opaque black pour without much head on top. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla and light booze. Roasted malty taste is a little on the astringent side. Ash, bitter chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and tobacco. Alcohol becoming more noticeable in the finish. Seems a little thin for the barrel treatment. Wish it was a bit more balanced as well. Tasting notes from 12/2011. arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Pour on tap, dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of roast, chocolate, slight oak and vanilla in there, hints of coconut in there, bourbon, touch of dark sugars, touch of dark fruits in there as well. Taste is big bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut, hints of earth, grass, slight caramel and toffee, finishing fairly bitter, slightly sweet. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2013
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, oatmeal, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, light lactose, bourbon, caramel, and roasted malt. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Multiple samples at GABF. Nice dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma has great medium barrel notes, tahitian vanilla, dr pepper, toffee, plums, chocolate. Flavor is sweet with just enough roast and a nice dose of the sweet bourbon from the barrel. Charred wood and some asphalt. Really good stuff.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Big chocolate and oat scents. Taste is a creamy chocolate with a big roast. jredmond (8283) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Sampled with Andrew and Moreau at GABF 2012. It was almost unfair to try this after the XOCHOLATE (whatever) beer. It’s essentially a tamer version with most of the same notes (chocolate, bourbon, light vanilla, oak) toned down much more. Lighter body, not as syrupy with some slightly roastier tones coming through. With that being said, I still thought it was excellent and well balanced. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
draft... dark brown, almost black but for the edges that are much lighter...I like the nose, good balance of vanilla, bourbon, cream and coffee... taste lets me down big time, the base was way to light for barrel aging, super thin, watered down bourbon, don’t get any oatmeal stout at all holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Sampled at GI Cly. A dark black with a thin head. Lots of bourbon in the nose. Coffee chocolate essence and something that’s kind of odd all overpowered by that booze. A good amount of that bourbon in the flavor. The chocolate and malts are overpowered but since I like bourbon I don’t mind. Decent. ryanfolty (2545) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2011
December 28, 2011 tap at Clybourn. Opaque black with almost no head. Aroma was bourbon, chocolate and hint of vanilla. Taste was a bit of let down, but similar to aroma. Slight carbonation and medium bodied.