Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to Hophead22. Poured black with tan head with a nice light wood aroma. Flavor was bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some coffee. Very well balanced and the bourbon was not over done. very easy to drink and enjoyed very much. Thanks Tim. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 22oz. bottle, with thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade! Pours a dark brown/black with a one finger tan head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is more subtle than expected, but still full of good stuff - chocolate, espresso, vanilla, molasses, oak, and light bourbon. Flavor is a stronger espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and oak, with a bit of citrus hops on the finish. The barrel aging is well done on this one, very complimentary without taking over and beating everything else out of the way. Nice stuff, thanks again Ben! SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 draft @ brewpub - served too cold in a stemmed glass; oily black with long lasting dark brown head; just a beauty; after it warmed it up, drank this tasty brew quite quickly; chocolate, coffee, some nuts and very mild bourbon; full bodied and silky smooth going down; toffee, caramel, vanilla and coffee in the flavors; as it is blended, the barrel aging is not overwhelming an adds a sweetness and richness; an excellent offering from Pike indeed sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Small tan head, decent retention. Murky brown color. Woody, choco nose with laid back bourbony notes, nice. Full bodied and oily on the palate, nicely textured. Choco roast flavors, bourbon coming through in a balanced manner, not dominating the stout flavors. Nicely woody and towards the end some citrus and piney hop notes pushing their way through. Fairly dry finish. Chocolatey, whiskyish and lasting. Would of loved more to gnaw on. A real treat! Props to wolfman Steve! Thanks bro! carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
black nutty oaty. brought back memories me of an angus steak beer. this would be a great pairing with red meat.
User37895 (3042) - - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle shared by Swolf3. Poured the usual for the style, decent initial tan-choco colored head. Light chocolate, some acceptable oxidation, notes of wood with the vanilla notes only very faint and all bourbon-ness surprisingly and pleasantly in the distant distant background ( probably would have missed them entirely if I wasnt told they were in there). Thanks, Steve! GMCC2181 (1611) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2009 Bottle shared by wolf. Black in color, good head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, smoke and some chocolate. Taste was woody but in a good way. Also a nice smoke, light chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt taste. Very well balanced. A creamy soft texture with a low carbonation level. No trace of the 9.5 alcohol in there eithier. Solid beer, thanks wolf! ****Updat*** Just had another bottle shared by wolf-man 3008... This one was sour???? Definetly some brett yeast in there. Interesting take on a stout.. The roasted malts, chocolate and sourness kind of counter balanced each other... Wierd in a good way riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Black pour with a nice tan head. Roasted malts, some chocolate sweetness and a light amount of vanilla. Dont get a lot of barrel in the aroma. But once the flavor commences I get a nice mix of bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood and dry roasted malts. Light burnt malts and some underlying sweetness too. Light carbonation with a smooth creamy body. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Poured a jet brown with a small head. Aromas of smoked meat and wood. Flavors of smoked meat, wood, vanilla, and dark booze.Very silky and highly impressive. dsagoas (9) - , Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2008 does not count
Great bourbon aroma. Exactly what I was looking for. Dark black, and maintained its head well. Beautiful bourbon vanilla flavor matched well the chocolaty roasty stout. On the palate, there was a little too much alcohol bite to get a 5, but still smooth enough to get a 4. Overall, one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I have had.