wchesser (2110) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel Aged on tap at Rackhouse Pub, Denver.
No head. Dark black opaque. Lots of bourbon and oak vanilla notes, a bit of roasted dark malt. Very well balanced. Not a lot of the stout shows through unfortunately, but the bourbon doesn’t overwhelm. Stout carries it well, but isn’t strong enough to represent itself equally. Alcohol dangerously well integrated. Delicious beer. Had it with a whiskey bbq chicken sandwich with bacon-good pairing, but this would be just as good with a chocolate dessert. 50belair (3670) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 Bottle. Dark brown/black pour. Chocolate covered berry aromas. Definitely infected. Sour berry notes invade the rich dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, and bourbon flavors. I can see the potential here and would very much like to revisit this beer... (original rating 3.8)
Re-rate (’08 vintage on tap at Stone) - Big bourbon aromas. The bourbon dominates this bear with pleasant dark roasted malt, mellow caramel, and bitter chocolate undercurrents. Good body and mouthfeel. Now this is what I was looking for..... douglas88 (9513) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2012
On tap in Denver for GABF 2012. Multiple samples of the 2008! Pours a totally black color with a small greyish head. A great nose of big bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is a massive Impy with roast, chocolate, bourbon, heat, some vanilla and lingering bitter and sweet bites. Big bourbon for sure, but balanced and drinkable despite the heat. Awesome! Ibrew2or3 (8748) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Beer number two for me at GABF 2012. This 2008 vintage pours black with a mocha colored head of foam with sort of tan looking swirls here and there. The aroma is rich, sweet, smooth and bourbony to go along with dark roasted malts and a sense of spicy black licorice in the background. The taste is similar with a solid degree of smooth bourbon surrounded thinly by dark roasted malts and a pleasing sense of chocolate. This is rich and sweet and not fully bourbony and has a pleasing balance. Headbanger (4012) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Sample at Finnegan’s ’08 Vintage 4/3/10 (Stone Beer Week)-Pours black with tan head. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla. Taste of the same with sweetness added in. This full bodied brew had a nice balance and was simply awesome.
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2014
500 mL bottle (2014 Fyoder’s Classic). Hot, bourbon-heavy aroma, but the booziness doesn’t overpower the rest of the nose, which includes anise, dark chocolate syrup, light oak, and caramelized molasses. Pours a clear super-dark brown. Delicious taste of dark chocolate, burnt biscuit, moderate aged bourbon, woody oak, some vanilla bean, and a bit of cocoa powder to finish. Slightly chalky and dry palate with a thinner body than the normal IRS. A damn-fine barrel-aged beer right now (April 2014), but I’m curious to see how it develops with some cellar time. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
This one poured a very dark brown wo black with a beige head. Aroma was of bourbon, light smoke, anf fudge. Flavor was similar,very mellow barrel aging, soft vanilla, oak and chocolate. All around tasty beer. Art (3219) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Night and day with the Mikhail’s Odd. I don’t understand how this one is so much better. Bottle thanks to csteele, shared at pre-DLD tasting. Pours a deep dark blackish brown with a tan-brown head. Aromas of vanilla, fudge, soem caramel. Taste is sweet with some bourbon heat. Thick mouth feel. bytemesis (8808) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle - thanks GT2! Pours opaque black with a very small dark brown head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is quite lovely, bourbon forward with chocolate and vanilla notes. Medium sweet and light plus bitter, strong bourbon, oak, vanilla and chocolate again. Medium light body, a bit creamy perhaps. Quite hot. A bit too bourbon forward and a bit too light on the body to be perfect, but pretty darn good. rxeight (3188) - Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2014
14 QM bottle, via craftshack. Thanks Bob for the heads up on this top 50. Thick black pour with a touch of a tan head. Aroma has a lot of oak and vanilla. Taste is a nice punch of smooth bourbon, heavy on the oaky vanilla side. Has a slight sour on the back end. Closest comparable is Black note. Very good stuff. Definitely ready to drink now.