deyholla (11721) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2016
On tap at Red Cow North Loop. Pours black with a creamy deep wood brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a nice combination of dark grains and roasted malts with a hint of barrel coming through. Flavor has some dark fruit with a good amount of dark grains supported by barrel and a hint of roasted malts. Stine (1792) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Black pour, no other hues, light tanned foam. Whiskey informed aroma heavily leaning on coconut, vanilla, browned butter. Roasted malts and tannic fruit undertones are present but treading water. The flavor is confused and mired in the same conflict. Without an amplified malt structure the spirit influence is suffocating. Creme brûlée and toasted coconut, German chocolate cake dripping cloyingly, all over this; the fruit and rustic spice characteristics of the original lacquered over. Still somewhat fun, warming, and high quality to the expected degree. ryanfolty (2574) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2015
December 5, 2015 - on tap at Happy Gnome. Dark pour with limited head. Aroma was whiskey and roasted malt. Taste was light whiskey, roasted malt and some coffee. jackl (8210) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Keg @ Steel Toe. Deep brown pour with a thick tan head. Nose is rich and full of whiskey character. Boozy raisin and vanilla dessert. Toffee. Sweet grain. Tart fruit skin. Some black pepper. Nose-prickling heat. The flavor is pretty well balanced. Sweet and toasty. Lightly hot finish. Pretty oily. islay (2805) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 Initial rating from 7-12-13: 4 or 5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s tap room. Consumed on 5-18-13. Pours dark brown with taupe head. Elements of milk chocolate, chocolate-covered raisin, bourbon, lemon, and toffee in the sharp aroma and palate. Medium body. Fizzy in the palate. Really quite good. A medium-sized beer that is as aromatic and flavorful as a very big beer. 8/3/8/3/16=>3.8. Re-rate 1-17-16: Approximately 8 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Consumed on 1-16-16. Pours dark brown with a small to moderate amount of taupe head. Nice shade of head. Decent lacing. Looks good. Bourbon, raisin, and brown sugar scents. Complex and interesting aroma. Smells good. Milk chocolate and vanilla flavors. Roasted malts and bourbon dominate the taste. Tastes good. Medium body. Lively and smooth in the palate. Very good beer across the board. 8/4/7/4/15=>3.8. Combined rating: 8/3/8/4/15=>3.8. I didn’t realize I had already rated beer, and it’s nice to see that my scores were similar.
bnielsen13 (265) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours dark with a light head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, chocolate, molasses. Flavor is bourbon, malt, chocolate, with kind of a disappointing finish, nice beer overall though. TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours dark with a nice whiskey aroma. Flavor wallops me with whiskey and malts. cocoa and some wood on this as well. excellent. burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Overall, this tasted to be a heavily barrel aged malted beer. As it warmed up it got much nicer to drink & smell. The dissent was hard to pick out of the beer though. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2013
On tap at the brewpub, dark black pour with an off white head. Aroma of whiskey, molasses, cocoa and vanilla. Taste of molasses, vanilla, whiskey, nice barrel notes in the finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Awesome variant on this great regular dark ale. Aromas is big boozy bourbon and this tastes like a lighter BCBS that you could actually have more than one of in a night.