holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
FoBAB 2011. Rich chocolates a liilttle sweet milk. Black body with a creamy head. Creamy malts with with bitter chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish. Not bad. 7/4/8/4/15
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - JUN 4, 2012
On tap at churchkey. Nose is pure bourbon, flavor doesn't quite follow through. Also lacks a bit of the oomph I want from a 13.5 IS. Expected more, but still tasty.
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Bourbony coconut aroma. Black in color with a hint of tan head. Roasty and deep flavor with nice bourbon notes...just enough bourbon/barrel to complement without overshaddowing the base beer. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
FOBAB 2011. Pours a black colored body with a big, inch thick, dense and creamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has Jim Beam whiskey and chocolate up front with molasses and caramel as well as a good amount of oak. Some roasts hold up nicely as well as vanilla and a few dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Lots of chocolate, oak, and Jim Beam whiskey up front before a bit more of a hoppiness comes out at the end. Some caramel and molasses before this finishes oaky with some whiskey heat, vanilla, and dry roasts as well as some malt sweetness. The bitterness is nice and cuts the sweetness well. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, smooth body and a creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall a solid version of this beer. I liked the original a bit better, but this was quite nice. Lots of whiskey and oak, but plenty of the base stout as well. Very nice and balanced. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On draft at the Bistro Barrel fest. Probably my favorite of the night. It pours black with a tan head. The aroma has bourbon, chocolate and fudge. The flavor has noticeable coconut, marshmellow, fudge, caramel, vanilla, and a nice roasted/lightly woody finish. Excellent stuff!
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at Fobab 9. Pours black with light tan head. Really nice nose of oak and bourbon with vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate. Flavors of oak, chocolate, and vanilla. Base stout is not overwhelmed by the barrel. Really nice stout and stood up well to other beers available the that day. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Draft at FoBAB 9. Pours a really deep brown/black with a brown head. Nose is refined, lots of oak but the stout holds it’s own. Faint licorice and strong roast, some cocoa and then some vanilla comes across. Really quite well integrated though could mellow just a touch. On tasting, firm bitterness that helps prevent it from being too sweet or cloying. Nice hop character and a fair level of strong wood character. Oak tannins and vanilla. Pretty damn tasty. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2011
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, mild bourbon, and faint coconut. It’s a dark brown with no transparency and a moderate creamy beige head that leaves behind spotty lacing. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate and lighter caramel. The finish had moderate oak, coconut, and light-moderate bourbon. The oak really lingers on the tongue. Overal, it’s very good, but maybe a tad too oaky for my preferences. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest. Pours a dark black with a light tan head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, a light smokiness, some bourbon, and a bit of cherry. Pretty awesome. The initial taste is sweet dark chocolate, followed by some vanilla, bourbon, oak, and a bit of smokiness. The finish has a light bitterness and leaves a lingering oak presence. There is a bit of alcohol heat, but not much. Rich, full body without being syrupy. Relatively low carbonation. This was the best beer I had at the fest. I kept going back for more pours.