BREWMUSKCLES (2720) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2017 matthewjk (1111) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad try, but still paper thin for a stout. Instead of the melding together, the vanilla and bourbon flavors lead out of nowhere and are a tad incongruous with the beer. Mellow. Nice. Not great though.
i like that is rife with coffee and still stout like. the aroma is alcohol and coffee and a bit of bourbon. not heavy but busy body the coffee cuts through nicely. just moderate in the body and bourbon nicely laid back. easy roast and beery taste and body in the mid palate. nice. shawnmurphy (563) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2017
12-ounce bottle pours blackish-brown with some ruby highlights -- an odd color for a stout. There’s a trace of off-white head and lacing. Aroma: molasses, coffee, raisins. Flavor: cocoa, espresso, licorice, vanilla, prunes, molasses, smoke, oak. Mouthfeel: light- to medium-bodied -- surprisingly light-bodied for its ABV. I’m a big fan of bourbon-barrel-aged beers, but this is not the best representation of the flavors that can be extracted from the barrel. I’ve tried other beers from this brewery, and the stout is slightly better than some others, but this brewer’s beers, I believe, all start with sub-par beer. If the beer itself were better, I would think that the barrel-aged end product would be better. With an unlimited supply of used bourbon barrels for this Lexington, Ky.-based brewer, now they just need to figure out how to brew better beer before putting it into these casks. poech73 (420) - Braine, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2017
From Aushopping :: label says : "Brewed onder licence at Station Works in oak barrels with Haïtian coffee" :: ABV: 7.2% :: >> Bière Noire Nord irlandaise >> Beau stout léger est savoureux. Nez complexe sur le Bourbon et le café, le bois, le caramel avec un pointe d’orge grillé. L’attaque torréfiée, plutôt aqueuse, ronde à l’arôme de caramel, livre de fortes saveurs d’orge torréfié et de café mais qui s’estompe assez vite en milieu de bouche pour laisser la place aux saveurs de Bourbon, de bois sur des notes acres. Ce n’est qu’en finale que je note un retour le torréfié sur des notes légèrement biscuitées. Dommage que le goût de caramel surpasse un peu trop les adjuvants. Pau d’amertume.#418 stupre (456) - Nanterre, FRANCE - JUL 26, 2017
35,5cl bottle purchased @ Leclerc Le Boulou. Belle robe noire. Notes de bourbon avec beau final sur le fût de chêne. Manque de corps. superspak (5797) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2017
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/17/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of bourbon, coconut, smoke, raisin, cherry, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of bourbon, coconut, smoke, raisin, cherry, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness and slight bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, dark bread, bourbon, light smoke/dark fruit, herbal, roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming ABV for 8%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a nice BBA coffee stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Not too big on the barrel or coffee presence, but still has solid amounts. Nice levels of barrel influenced character, but less so on the actual bourbon. More of a beginners BBA stout I guess, but still nicely enjoyable.
meccahh69lol (288) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2017
This was one of my friends so-called "shelf turds" that I ganked from him when he moved so I could rate a beer from KY. Alas, while not total poop, it isn’t too great either. It has a slightly sour typical malty smoky smell of stout and pours the customary black brown with a thin head. The taste is smoke, bitter coffee, some tang, and kinda watery. It is pretty light and drinkable for an 8% abv stout, but that’s about the best thing about it. Glad to tick KY off the beer map, but this one isn’t worth your time really. Good for waiting for Hulu to come back while eating some flatbread so that you can continue Walken Week 2k17. vsyrbu (141) - MOLDOVA - JUL 3, 2017
A beautiful dark color with a brown foam, which drops pretty fast. Aroma of chocolate with alcohol. But chocolate clearly dominates. In taste, in addition to chocolate appears coffee, burnt and slightly bitter. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and watery. AssKicker (590) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JUN 9, 2017
Couleur noire, mousse légère, nez sur le Bourbon. Bourbon bien présent en bouche, mais assez fade et aqueuse. Manque de corps, manque d’alcool. Décevant. Calisky (2991) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAY 12, 2017
Couleur noire, légère mousse beige. Nez malt grillé avec note caramel et whisky. Gout malt grillé, whisky avec caramel un peu vanillé. Corps un peu leger. Petite amertume et caramelisé en fin de bouche. PAs trop mal
AWISLguy (3241) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2017
12oz bottle from the now gone Malt Shoppe in Tosa, cellared for 6 months. Very dark brown pour with a tan head leaving some lace. Aroma has caramel, roast, some fruit, chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is of sweet caramel malts, some roast, some red fruits, and a dose of vanilla, if not really bourbon. Quite sweet as the roast isn’t enough to balance. Medium bodied, which feels thin for the components, there is some alcohol presence and the blend is decent. Finishes sweetly with some length. Solid, and nothing offensive. Sweet, where some bitter depth would do wonders. 13.5