hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2008
On tap at the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, wood, light bourbon, and light smoke. Tastes of wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocoalte, and roasty. Bourbon was not overpowering. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Name: Bourbon Stoutnuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Appearance: black, wispy beige head,
Aroma: sweet chocolate and vanilla aroma, touch of bourbon, light roasted blended with oak,
Flavor: rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, nice vanilla sweetness, light oak, roasted come in from behind to add the balance,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Snifter at GT. Opaque brown-black body. Not much head, gone after a few minutes. Smooth and sweet, nice mixture between caramel, chocolate. Lightish on the booze. Smooth, middle of the road, but quite alright. Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2008
On draught at the brewpub in downtown Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark cola brown brew with virtually no head. Aroma of toasted dark malt and just a touch of bourbon and oak. Taste is medium bodied, no carbonation with flavors of toasted dark malt, vanilla, oak wood and some bourbon. Finish is slightly watery with a more distinct toasted dark malt and just barely any bourbon in the aftertaste. Not an in-yer-face bourbonized stout but just a dark beer with some light bourbon character. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #89. Draught sample at the brewpub, mid-August 2008. Interesting that they had both this and the "regular", non-bourbonized version on tap at the same time. Anyway in this case the bourbon does no favors; the stable head on the regular Spetsnaz is replaced by a quick-dying one here, the body seeming just as inky and opaque but thinner...nose is all bourbon, perhaps some raisiny-grapy notes are in there but they’re pretty hard to find...body is also boozy and vinous, very sweet, though it does dry out and some toasty malts come in for a nice finish. Ehh, in the end it’s not bad but definitely simpler and less interesting than the "regular" version.
Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
On tap at brewpub
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Compared to Blake, I did not find this quite as impressive. It is an interesting experiment to be sure as it is not every day you barrel age an export stout. Still, the net result is too much bourbon and too little stout in the end. Thankfully it comes in a six ounce snifter so that you don’t have to attempt to drink a full pint. I would recommend trying it but if you are expecting something out of this world be prepared for some letdown.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge one and a half finger tan head sat for ten minutes until the glass began to warm. As it did the head slowly receded to a half height. The body was dark but only borderline black. The bourbon base is obvious from the start in the form of vanilla and oak but it is complimented nicely by hazel and coffee. Pecans and cocoa complete the spread which is worth spending some time admiring.
Flavor / Palate - Much like the non-barrel aged version the mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. However, once you get past that this becomes a very enjoyable beer. Vanilla, cocoa and expresso tweak the senses before the hazel and brown sugar hit the back of the throat. As it warms the bourbon becomes more and more obvious until it is all that can be detected. Don’t let this one get too far above 50F or you’ll be overwhelmed by the alcohol. If I were rating this on the first half it would be a 4.0; on the second half it loses some points. The net result is still a solid 3.6.
Draft at the brewpub. Poured an opaque black color. Head was tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor was similar with mild roasty malt. Slightly sweet on the tongue. Very smooth mouth feel and full bodied. I’m a sucker for barrel aged beers and this was was well done. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Pours to a blacker body than the base beer with a nice tan head. Nice lacing. The aroma is HEAVY on sweet bourbon and lactose sugars. Chocolate malt and coffee. The flavor is lactose sugar, chocolate malt, rhubarb, dry roasty black patent, bourbon, and vanilla. I love how the bourbon works in a foreign stout styled beer. (A first for me). The palate is smooth, lightly alcoholic but not fusel. Delicious!!! cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
On tap at brewpub, pours black with a thin dark brown head, the aroma is roasty with some bourbon and chocolage, the flavor has a front end that is a ton of bourbon and not alot else, there is a little bit of chocolate in the finish, completely unbalanced for me with way too much bourbon and not enough chocolate and malt. arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2012
Black pour with orange-tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, Sharp vanilla, and yellow cake batter. Flavor is an acidic roast with red wine-like flavors, wood tannin. Some light bourbon. Acidic finish.