ajnepple (6701) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2014
22 oz bottle as "Bourbon Barrel Stout" shared with a friend. Black, oily appearance with a small brown head. Notes of oak, chocolate, light bourbon, coffee and light roasted malts. Creamy and smooth with medium sweetness. Decent bourbon barrel stout, not worth the price tag. slowrunner77 (12147) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"You better bring your A game to this style. If this was their best, that’s just sad. Not a bad beer, but for what people charge for barreled beers, this just falls short. Too light, too carbonated, with some off fruity flavors in addition to light-moderate chocolate, roast and bourbon. Jum Beam ain’t exactly top shelf bourbon either. Right there with Odell’s as the weakest BB stouts I’ve had, though at least this one was not an "imperial"." haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with no head at all. Strong, bourbon aroma with a hint of smoky malt. Milky taste with some bourbon and roasted malt. No alcohol taste or strong smokey malt in the flavor. Not that impressed. NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Pint at the brewpub. Pours very dark with a ring of tan head. Plenty of Bourbon is in the nose, but not overpowering. It really brings out the vanilla and oak. The stout itself has notes of cola, wax chocolate and earth. Palate is pretty bubbly for the style. I could use a little more body here. Good solid oaky flavors save this one. The finish has natural vanilla hints and light chocolate. Meh. It’s pretty alright. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Poured into a snifter. My bottle just says "Bourbon Barrel Stout", but I think this is the right listing.
2.5 A: Black color. Huge foamy light brown head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. The second pour’s head held better for some reason.
2.0 S: This is the second barrel aged brew I’ve had today and they both smell pretty damn similar and I’m not a fan of either one. This also has a plastic, lemongrass vibe going with it, but it’s not as bad in this one. I wouldn’t be surprised if the "bourbon" barrel used in this one was also Stranahan’s given that this is also made in CO. I don’t know if Stranahan’s smells and tastes like ass or if the two brewers that got a hold of their barrels don’t know how to use them. In any case, the whiskey (and the aromas mentioned) dominate the nose. The underlying stout offers a bit of roastiness, but not much else. Everything else gets lost behind the booze.
2.0 T: This is perhaps the blandest barrel aged stout I’ve ever had. The whiskey isn’t very strong and the stout is barely there. Earthiness, lemongrass, and melon from the whiskey. Some oak as well. Roastiness from the stout, but not much else.
2.0 M: Lighter medium body. Too much carbonation. Lacking creaminess.
2.0 D: This is more like watered down whiskey than the barrel aged ESB I had earlier today. Not sure where the stout went, but it’s not here. Bland and forgettable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-13-2012 01:35:31
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2012
[bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Pours black with no head to speak of. Aroma of bourbon, some sweet toffee. No carbonation to speak of, the flavours are sweet and toffeeish, with a touch of aniseed. Leads into that Jim Beam flavour at the end. No real alcohol in evidence (other than the JB)  Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2012
In bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a black colour with a thin head. Huge Jim Beam bourbon aroma upfront with some roasty malt and toffee. Similar flavours with a long lingering bourbon character. Not too sweet. cgarvieuk (24793) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2012
bottle ... deep black .... soft bourbon ... dark roast nose.... dark malts .... sweet roast .... quite a big bourbon .... toffee malt... Brigadier (3695) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
22 ounce bottle
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Received in a trade some months ago I thought I would give this unknown brewery a try. Based on this sample I wouldn’t mind sipping a few others. It isn’t the greatest stout in the world but it does have enough character to be average to slightly above average.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base supports a thin head. Robust lacing creeps down the sides like sheets of ice during a winter thaw. Licorice, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and anise are the main drivers along with the vanilla notes that come from sitting in a bourbon barrel. Everything plays nicely with good balance.
Flavor / Palate - Black coffee washed down with an oatmeal bran muffin soothes the palate. The dry roasted finish is gentle but not forgettable. Tasting like slightly charred white toast it lingers before beginning to fade after a few minutes. The bourbon isn’t heavy at all. In fact at times it takes some concentration for it to appear. Overall not a bad release although not one to age for more than a few months.
Peaty topsoil nose, little 91 octane. Dark ruby. Heavy floral bite, sweet finish. Bourbon? Oh there it is! Raw essence of bourbon, young and classy.