tmoreau (4980) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2018
Shared bomber poured to a snifter showing a hazed, deep walnut color, a presentable layer of tan froth, with dots & ribbons of lacing. The nose was cocoa, molasses, vanilla, a touch of dried fruit, and lurking bourbon. Medium+ bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, with some bourbony booze, slight roastiness, earthiness, and dryness. A solid Strong Ale. AWISLguy (3610) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2017
On tap at the Cleveland Pub in New Berlin for the Payco Christmas get-together. Muddy pour. Aroma has big barrel, with raisin, molasses, some caramel and other sweet malts. Taste is sweet; bourbon, sweet malts, some light dark fruit presence. Finishes sweetly alcoholly, but not over the top. 13.8 CofStout47 (26) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2017
On draft at links Chicago. Aroma: bourbon upfront with vanilla on back end. Strong taste of bourbon with vanilla and Carmel. All the right flavors but comes across a bit too aggressive. markducommun (1232) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2017
On draft at Links. Fairly opaque dark brown, not much head. Raisins, whiskey, molasses, sweet. Some light bitterness, mostly sweet. Some oiliness, not nearly as heavy as expected. Long finish. Fair bit of alcohol. Good. mcberko (20908) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2017
On tap at The Beer Mongers, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma brings out rich, heavy bourbon barrels upfront, followed by vanilla and caramel. Flavour is wonderfully rich, with loads of bourbon upfront, followed by vanilla and heaps of caramel. Very sweet, but not cloying. For this high an ABV, there is barely any heat. Really expertly constructed. Lovely.
alexsdad06 (11727) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Draft to taster at Cappy’s from recent notes. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, brown sugar, mild spice character, vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, some alcohol though it is 13.8%, I like this better as it warmed. Tmoney99 (15405) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Draft. Poured cloudy dark brown with a moderate frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid sweet beer. scarletfire65 (1566) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Draft at Kasey’s Tavern in Chicago. The aroma is more Canadian or Irish whiskey than American Bourbon. Thin palate for the ABV. Boozy with lots of vanilla and oaky notes. A bit of coco, loads of vanilla bean, some butterscotch. Overall, not extremely complex. Doesn’t finish satisfyingly, it’s too "bright" and young. Overall, this is green and would benefit from another year in the barrel and a year in the bottle. dinkle50 (1639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Brown pour with barely any head, certainly not much to look at! Aroma of whiskey and vanilla. Light bodied. Tons of whiskey notes and vanilla. It really tastes like a vanilla coke with bourbon. I think this needs some time to mellow out. It was overly assertive fresh. Lingering vanilla is nice, but this beer is a bit too extreme for me. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Draft pour on tap at the Kedzie Avenue Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a deeper caramelized ruby brown hue, healthy darker middle and haze show some char orange glow on the edges. Frothy creamy tarnish head atop films, dies to a good foamy ringer and laces solid. Aromas show distinct vanilla bean, a bit sweet and sticky with firm oak and spirit. Toasty biscuits, caramel, brown malt and Toasty bitter cocoa, dark and a bit punchy at times. Initial is fuller bodied, but the barrel has punched this one around for awhile. Caramelized, sweeter vanilla bean essence, coconut and barrel presence. The cocos nibs help temper the backend a bit, bitter semi sweet and slightly roasty appeal. The vanilla is firm and potential up front, tapering off a bit as the cocoa comes in and taking away some focus from the more potent tannic and woody edges. Carmelized, toasty, a bit of that telltale molasses earthy brown malts. Enough body left as we taper out to hold up to the barrel. This is pretty solid but not my idea of my favorite style. It holds up, it incorporates the treatment well, and the barrel is potent but not over to the overdone side. Solid barrel offering. Tis the season.