sloth (2930) - 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! 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. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours a very thick black, with really nice lasting head with huge oily bubbles that coat the glass very well. Looks just like a stout should. The nose has sour, bourbon, and oaky wood. Taste is slightly of burnt toast, the wood comes out big time, and I taste the bourbon as well in this one quite easily. Very complex and nice. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pours a pitch black color that’s completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter colored edges and a two finger frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention, only slowly receeding into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Bourbon oaky aroma with lots of dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, toast, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, lactic creaminess and more bourbon. There is such a nice blend of oaky bourbon, chocolate and vanilla probably due to only 50% of it being bourbon barrel aged.
Very roasted silky chocolate maltiness with hints of bitter dark chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee bean, toast, oatmeal, dark fruits and subtle hops. There is a nice bourbon characteristic that is not too overpowering. Again, this is probably due to the fact that it is a blend of 50% regular version and 50% aged in bourbon barrels. It’s a nice change of pace to sip on a bourbon barrel aged beer that is complex and has other flavors shining through instead of being a hot bourbon dominated beer.
The roastiness is very prominent up front but is quickly balanced by the smooth silky lactic maltiness. There are a lot of sweet complex flavors going on here and the high ABV is very well masked. Only slight alcohol warmth in the finish making it very drinkable. There are some earthy bitter citrus hops toward the end which provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Recommended.
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle. Rich diamond laced borwn head on black liquid. Rich dark chocale, espesso and light wood scent. HUGE mouth feel and flavour. Big ABV is assumed more than felt; just a warmth that slowly climbs. Big woody chocolate espresso beer.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Year Two (2009 Vintage): My god, this has some serious head. Uncontrollable, even! Its medium-brown head is stiff and strong. After two years of aging I’m surprised it’s held up so well. The aroma is really, really good! For some reason it brings be back to childhood. The wood is strong, not soggy. The flavor is hard, sharp, and delicious. It’s soft in the mouth with hints in the finish of soft, sweet whiskey. I really like this one... woody, dark, and sharp! Aging has done wonders for this beer. I highly suggest it. bhensonb (15618) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours black with a 5-finger creamy/foamy/clingy dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate and wood. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is oak, chocolate, burnt malt, and arguably vanilla. Or something. Really mouthsmacking. No heat. It just seems to get more chocolaty with time. Quite tasty. Seems to be alive. Seems to oscillate between oak and chocolate. Just can’t get "bourbon" though. waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
The pour came out a bit frothy, I tried pouring as slow as possible down the glass but this thing just wouldnt stop foaming. Eventually I ended up with a dark cola like liquid with a 2 inch head. Sticky, thick, and lots of lacing. The nose was oak, roast, vanilla, chocolate. The taste was the same with hints of some smoke at the end. I didn’t get any bourbon taste out of this though. Great stout from Pike. Cheers! pintbypint (3767) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2009
650ml brown bottle, capped, wax sealed, 2009. Black, opaque pour. Lots of light brown head, billowy, everlasting, with good lacing. Woody aroma with bourbon and vanilla, some alcoholic notes. Flavour had fudgey and dark chocolate malts, cocoa, coffee bean, slight smoke. Finish is bitter and woody, quick hit of bourbon, long roasty end, chcoolate covered coffee beans aftertaste. Full body with medium carbonation. Big, but not brash, flavours blend well without too much alcoholic interference, still a sipper. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Irwin F. Fletcher, you choose. First pour produced an entire glass of foam. as did the 2nd. The bottle is oozing foam out the top like a japanese hooker volcano. smells pretty darn good though..like the inside of an oaked barrell prison with old black dude jerry curl greese and winos...lots of drunken winos...mad dog 20/20 on their breath. Taste is smooth and very vinious and woody, kind of like the woody i’ve got right now after staring at the foaming bottle for the last 69 seconds. Smooth, oily mouthfeel with lots of soft but prickly carbonation. I really like thw wood accents here, like hanging out inside a log cabin next to a river of roasted stout...like that chocolate river in charlie & the chocolate factory, but filled with stout and not chocolate...im fat like that german augustis kid.