ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
Special thanks to unclejedi for sharing this one and allowing me to hop on the Barrel-aged Bandwagon.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body capped by a frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Fragrant nose of Pike’s XXXXX Stout served one final shot of bourbon and then buried alive, six feet under the ground in a simple wooden coffin.
Taste: Roasted malts with slight chocolate and coffee overtones and a restrained sweetness lead followed by 2x4 planks of oak and even white pine. Touch of anise spiced prunes. Thin sliver of lemon rind. Earthy, vaguely spicy hop character with resinous bitterness. Quarter jigger of bourbon. Given a chance to warm a bit, the flavors really start to come alive. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering wood flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel that I can’t help but find agreeable.
Drinkability: The drinkability factor is quite high, helped by the fact the alcohol was so well hidden. The XXXXX Stout made even better. Don’t you want that? ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle from Dr. McDonald of the NW Passage. Great work! Nose is light, creamy, sharp minerals, and a mild candy-orange sensation. Flavor is much the same with smooth DARK chocolate, rocky texture like a CO beer, and a sharp finish. Didn’t taste much wood or vanilla. A very intense green-ness dominates this beer, that’s why the aged effects don’t compute for me. Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2009
2008 from 22 oz bottle. Restrained nose -- not much there. Still the same even after it warmed up a bit. Nice balance and very smooth. Couldn’t really detect the wood on it. Bitter finish. Not too bad, but probably not quite worth the hype. Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. i agree with bman1113vr about this suffering from the previous old stock cellar reserve brandy. pour was black with a copper head. aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood, and hops. flavor was chocolate, dark roasts, and hops. med and slick body with low carb. SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a black with tan head, no light getting through this! Aroma of dark roast, some alcohol, faint wood. Flavor of rich dark roast, some sweetness, wood, nice roast bitter. Mouth feel is full body with low carbonation. Overall, good stuff!
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of coffee, wood and roasted malts. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a light hint of grapefruit. ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Notes of fudge, bitter chocolate, citrus hops, medicine. Creamy thinner mouthfeel, and medium short finish. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. This beer might have suffered as the previous one in the line-up before it was North Coast Reserve Brandy. Pours with a light brown head over a black body. Aroma of coffee, lots of hops, chocolate, wood, and cinnamon. Taste is woody with chocolate, coffee and some citrus hops. Water like mouthfeel with light bubbles. Somewhat thin feeling for a Imperial Sout of this ABV. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Nose-soy, unami, smoke, smoked fish. Taste-fish food, unami. What can I say? This MF’er is good. mar (5444) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black pour with a cream head. Nose of vanilla roasted malts and coffee. Nice and thick on the palate with a heavy roasted flavor. Slight vanilla in the flavor.