ChainGangGuy (4941) - 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? bhensonb (15985) - 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 (3947) - 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 (2608) - 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.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Big Boozy Stout. Very thick. Unfortunately, the whiskey dominates too much. The 2013 version is 75% wood aged, and I'm guessing if it were cranked down to <=50% it would be better. Hot alcohol burn at the tail end. Wood aging is indeed hard. B- catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Dark dark brown with a good bit of head poured from tap. Delicious malty raspberry chocolate taste. Awesome beer ACHops (1693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours deep inky black with thin lacey mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty somewhat flat malt, with milk chocolate. Taste is big thick charred malt, with notes of oak, espresso, and dark chocolate. Finishes dry, boozy, and oaky. Easily tastes bigger than 9%. I’ll be honest - this is a serious step up in quality from Pike - I didn’t know they could do a barrel aged beer this good. Impressed. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft at winter fest. Originally went for a BA kilt lifter, but was side-sold to this one. Dark brown pour, opaque, good head and lacing. Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and roast -- the usual suspects. Taste follows, well-integrated whiskey, on the sweeter side but with pleasant balanced roast finish. Smooth texture, full- body. Overall: I’m impressed by this. Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Brown black with tan head. Aroma is vanilla richness with light oak. Taste is the same with huge barrel richness with a greater wood emphasis. Good stuff, thanks, Dan.
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