OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2009
cask @ Recovery Room in Chapel Hill. Great aroma, Milk stout base with the bourbon barrel adding a coconut, vanilla, oak scent. Brownish black color, small cocoa brown head. Bitter sweet flavor, Initial bourbon bite gives way to perfect balance, imo, between the milk stout and the bourbon barrel. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish with a slight bourbon bite. Wow, this is a good as a balance I’ve had in a while with a barrel aged beer. damn good beer, Aroma was wonderful to sniff. Well done guys. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Wow. This is some tasty beer. Had this on cask at the recovery room sunday night. In the same time emacgee had those two pints, my friend Kevin and I each consumed six! The beginning of a great night of drunken revelry. Kinda great. Like the DR BA Baltic Porter, the barrel character is strong without being overpowering in the slightest. The use of the barrel in this beer actually improves the depth of flavor from the base beer which is saying a whole lot. Pappy Van Winkle is delicious bourbon so there was little doubt in my mind that this could turn out too bad. But, I honestly didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. Well done Matt, Paul, and Ryan. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Got to have this at a Cask event with Ryan and Paul, super fun. Had two pints for a combined cost of 5 dollars! After having tasted the BA Baltic Porter I was pretty excited to see how this one tasted. Pours a dark black that allows some light and produces a thin light tan head. The nose shows bourbon upfront but does not allow it to dominate. Nice notes of oak come through as well. Base stout does not come through as much in the nose. Flavor shows very nice balanced bourbon and oak, vanillins shows through as well. The milk stout comes through a tad but definitely lends itself as a nice canvas. Palate shows a very mild carbonation being cask and all with a nice tannic feel from the barrels.
I’m really liking the barrel aged stuff that is coming out of Duck Rabbit! jrob21 (3804) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Cask at ACAT. Aging imparts a vanilla aroma. The creamy texture is reminiscient of the original. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with an overall good balance. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Cask. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma of vanilla, malted milk balls, bourbon, light roast, and a touch of oak. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. I’m amazed that the barrel didn’t over power the base beer. Very well done.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Cask at Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Pour was dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, lactose, and bourbon oak, with vanilla. Taste is nicely balanced, with the bourbon nicely accompanying the milk stout flavors, not overpowering them. Finish is smooth with some bourbon coming through. Mouth is smooth with mild carbonation and average body. Overall, a nice offering from DR. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting.
Pours dark, dark brown with a surprisingly big head from a cask that showed very good retention and bits of lacing.
Dark roasted malts dominate the aroma with a balanced and non-overpowering bourbon presence. Some milk chocolate and oak as well.
The taste has the whiskey up front before giving way to the milk chocolate and dark malts underneath. The bourbon comes back with a vengeance in the finish with a solid bourbon warmth going down.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thinner than I expected with decent carbonation for a cask pour.
I really enjoyed this one and, surprisingly, thought the bourbon really did this one some favors. Very nice. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 I must admit I harbored severe reservations at even the thought of a bourbon barrel-aged milk stout, fearing the relatively light stout would be crushed under a grotesquely alcoholic bourbon presence. I anticipated the results to be frowns and a full round of tongue-clucking. Oh, how wrong I was! My taste buds greeted each and every sip as liberators.
Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a small, bubbly, off-white head.
Smell: A scent of milk chocolate and light roast paired with a very expressive bourbon aroma, with notes of vanilla, coconut, light brown sugar, and charred oak barrels.
Taste: Lightly roasted dark malts hit with sweet tastes of chocolate and vanilla. Tons of rich, well-integrated bourbon flavor immerse the palate. At no point is it ever boozy. All of the usual bourbon flavors are present and in full-force, except the coconut, which is particularly striking. Minuscule amount of earthy bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering tastes of chocolate and top shelf bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: All kinds of excellent! Kudos to Duck-Rabbit for using the prestigious Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve instead of just dumping their milk stout in a soiled tub of Old Crow. jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2 2 Oz samples at the World Beer Festival in Columbia. Wasn’t planning on rating it but Frumpty talked me into it. Opaque a light tan head. Definetly had some similarities to the regular milk stout, but the bourbon really contributed nicely, adding just the slightest whisky in the nose and taste. A little heavier mouthfeel that that your typical sweet/milk stout, but thats kinda what floats my boat. Could easily have been my number one beer of the fest.