MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Back Log. Bottle Gift from Matt Rementer. Couldn’t remember the name. This was just okay for me. Strong notes of burnt malt. Subtle notes of dark chocolate, fig and roast. But that’s it. There is no real blend of anything else. The burnt malt is really all I taste. 93 beers left before retirement. demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Pitch black pour. Brown head, not much retention, no lacing. Aroma mostly bourbon with some chocolate. Definitely thin on the body. Flavor tasted off to me. Neither the chocolate or the bourbon was very prominent. Keeping hitting on an unpleasant burnt taste. Overall just didn’t come together for me. joecon (37) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Simply delicious!! Very dark, very chocolaty, taste of bourbon--very well done. Vanilla. Mix it all together and it is one of the best stouts that I have had in a very long time! If you can get it--do so--I highly recommend it! bshep (151) - - JAN 6, 2016
Strong taste. Great for drinking alone. May be hard to pair food with especially off cask. But if you are looking to just drink something, it’s GREAT! corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention, especially for the style and ABV. Takes a while to settle, leaving streaks of soapy lacing in it’s path.
Inviting aroma with a strong chocolate/cocoa presence and a subtle bourbon barrel character that’s nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some damp earth and toasted oak along with sweet and spicy bourbon, vanilla bean and toasted count but the wood and spirit notes aren’t overpowering. Just the slightest bit of toothpick character and delicate bourbon followed by silky sweet chocolate, subtle roast and dark fruit. Hints of coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal but the sweeter, dessert-like notes really stand out. I’m picking up some baker’s chocolate, fudge, molasses and flourless chocolate cake. There could be a bit more bourbon/barrel presence for me but it’s a nice change of pace to smell a bourbon barrel aged beer that isn’t a complete booze bomb.
On the fuller end of medium body with stronger bourbon barrel and roasted malt character than the nose suggests. Dry, bitter and nearly acrid with strong burnt wood and toothpick flavor. The oak us more prominent than expected but the bourbon presence is still subtle. There’s some spicy, boozy sweetness but unfortunately, most of the silkier barrel notes found in the aroma are missing. Bourbon flavor isn’t bad but it’s somewhat weak and overpowered by the wood and heavy roast. The sweeter dessert-like chocolate notes seem to get lost a bit was well. The malts taste smoker and somewhat burnt with hints of charcoal, toast, bitter dark cacao, oatmeal and ash. Mist of the lighter chocolate sweetness is masked, only shoeing up toward the finish. Still, the high ABV is well masked and although it appeared harsh at first, this beer is relatively easy to drink. Decent but not something I would want to try again.
chinchill (4995) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2015
22 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet at about 45F.
Opaque and essentially black body with red-brown highlights at the edges. Weak head; only a few spots of lacing.
Aroma: bourbon, wood,and chocolate, with hints of dark dried fruits, fruit cake, smoke and vanilla.
Like the aroma, the flavor is lightly sweet, has some wood. vanilla and more bourbon. However, the bourbon barrel has less effect here, the chocolate is mostly hidden until the aftertaste, and there’s a solid dark roasted grain base. A bit boozy.
Feel: smooth, full body seems a touch under carbonated. The 9.5% ABV is partially hidden but mostly evident; the maekchu (3911) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2015
Bomber. 1-2 years old. Nose of dark chocolate, berries, dark fruit, and light bourbon. Dark brown color with a dark tan head. Smooth chocolate initial, bourbon emerges immediatley and is very well blended, thick dark fruit, and good chocolate, nutty finish. Some alc. warmth. Medium heavy body and very creamy. Smooth and delicious. Not a barrel bomb. More delicate and well blended than most barrel stouts. Love it. redtechnj (315) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Appearance- Deep, dark brown with an average medium Brown head.
Aroma- Big bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla
Flavor- Sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, dark roasted malts, vanilla. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2015
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with tan foam. Nose is chocolate banana, bourbon, coffee bean and fig. Medium body with fuzzy carb thinning with airy alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, raisin and wood. A bit too much barrel for the base brew. koleminer20 (3597) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2015
22 oz bottle shared by Spencer. The pour is a medium to dark brown with a finger of decent khaki colored head and no real lace. The aroma is pretty plain. There is a little chocolate, much less than I was expecting, some light roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla. Very disappointing. The flavor is just as disappointing. There is a little more chocolate flavor. Kind of milk chocolate. The vanilla almost vanishes and the roast sticks around just like in the nose. The mouth feel is thin and light with a soft carbonation and lingeringly chocolatey aftertaste. Finishes much better than it starts
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