jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Draft. Deep brown body approaching black. Huge beige head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, bourbon, molasses. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture turning sticky in the finish, soft carbonation. Distinct taste of oak, roast, banana, bourbon. Tart finish. It’s great that the bourbon compliments the beer instead of dominating it. Patrickctenchi (6807) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Pours oily black with a huge, dark, chunky head.
Aroma is chocolate, cream, scent of soaked, charred, bourbon barrel.
Taste is really nice wood at the front....that special, slightly sour mash tingle, smooth bourbon....
Creamy and delicious....with bourbon increasing with warmth.....very good stuff. Chudwick (3423) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - OCT 5, 2012
16oz can - ran into opposite problem that DrSilverworm signaled; there was almost no head to speak of. Pours thick goopy black with thin tan head and spotty lacing. Nose is roasty, woody and coffee. Flavor adds bourbon and vanilla. Light texture despite the thick pour. taste is sweet with slight burnt/bitter aftertaste. Dry finish. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2012
16oz can spits out some head upon opening, and the top gets half full with brown head and dark ale. Over-filled? Be careful when opening. Very big impressively dark brown colored head that fizzes loudly. Deep black color, with bubbles on the side of the glass. Fine, smooth, but stronger carbonation. Dry texture, little loose lace. Heavier coffee, some roasty chocolate aroma. Light bourbon. Bitter sweet taste. Good wood. Some creaminess, pepper taste. Lighter body. Stronger carbonation causes this to be a bit burpy for me, holds it back. I feel like this must be much better on tap than from the can. olsonerr (90) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Pretty mild bourbon aroma, and thick appearance. More vanilla and oak notes from the barrels than the aroma would hint, but still seems to be a bit more of an afterthought. It does go really well with their olive appetizer as the menu suggests.
Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Draft. Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted sweet malt and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Earlier Rating: 4/4/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Draft sample. Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted sweet malt and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a good beer.
Earlier Rating: 6/9/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Draft sample at KFOA. Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted sweet malt and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.
Pint can from Keg Liquors in New Albany, IN. Pours a black colored body with a two finger-width, ultra dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has lots of wood and oak up front with some bourbon notes, rich chocolate, a touch of vanilla, and a moderate roast backing. Flavor is similar. Tons of oak up front with some wood tannins before a moderate roast comes in along with a richer chocolate maltiness. Bourbon note throughout with a touch of plum and vanilla before the wood increases even more into the finish. Finishes with lots of oak, a light bourbon, and a sweeter chocolate maltiness that dries before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, smooth body and a medium-high, creamy carbonation. Overall, a barrel-aged stout lacking the complexity I was hoping for. Lots of wood tannins, a light bourbon, a moderate roast, and some smooth chocolates. Not bad, but not one I’d seek out again. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Sample shared by another patron at the Twelve Percent Imports tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 4/20/12. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and light alcohol. Chocolate and a bit of a smoky flavor before a roasty and boozy finish. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
16 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a huge brown head. This can was a gusher, so I had to wait for a while for it to settle down to get the whole can poured into the glass. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice and malty. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some light vanilla and bourbon. It’s a nice smelling beer, but for a beer that was aged in bourbon barrels I expected more bourbon in the aroma. Taste is the same as the aroma, it’s all roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with a little bit of vanilla and bourbon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit creamy but also has too much carbonation for my liking. If you like your bourbon barrel aged beers with a lot (or even a decent amount) of bourbon, this brew isn’t for you. I think it’s still a decent overall stout, but at $15.99 a 4-pack I don’t think it’s even close to being worth the price. phaleslu (10893) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2012
16 oz. can via trade with alexsdad06- thanks again, Brad! Interesting sticker label on the can with "Bourbon’s Barrel Stout"- interesting name, too. Pours a deep but not quite opaque coffee brown with a dark tan head that starts at about a finger and settles into a ring and thin film. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, toasted brown sugar, charred oak, caramel, dark chocolate, and cola- roast leads the way. Flavor of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cola, vanilla, brown sugar, and oak. Subtle bourbon. Light-bodied, with a roasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation- a little thin and without the complexity a bourbon barrel impy stout could have.