jrob21 (3728) - 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. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
On tap at Capones. Dark brown with a thin ring of foam. Nose is coffee, chocolate and faint bourbon. Smooth medium light with a hint of carb. Taste is bourbon, oak and milk chocolate. Very good but could use a bit more richness. OldGrowth (3474) - 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. Christpuncher (3135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2013
An awesome imperial milk stout. Super smooth with a burnt coffe flavor. Smells like chocolately. Has a nice bitter finish.
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UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 Cask at Broad st. cafe in Durham, NC. Black pour, thin tan head and minimal spotty lace. Usual creamy roast malts on the nose but, with a nice twist of vanilla and bourbon. Cream, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roast. The barrel really takes an awesome base beer to another level.
adrian910ss (2582) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAY 7, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 On draft at Capones. Pours a pitch black with a tiny light brown head. Aroma of oak wood, bourbon, chocolate and malts. Taste of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate,malts and a touch of lactose. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 7, 2010
on draft at the thirsty monk. dark pout and smell of sweet bourbon. then read the description of the 23yr old pappy van winkle barrels. totally impressed with the flavor. dark chocolate vanilla bourbon burn. this stout was rick and sweet. a great sipping beer on a cold winter night. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2011
On draft at the Busy Bee in Raleigh. Pours black with creamy but smallish light tan head. Nose of vanilla, chocolate, and milk oak. Not nearly as bourbony as the Pappy Van Winkle version. Certainly more low-key, but not as flavorful. Still quite good. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Earlier Rating: 2/15/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Had the pleasure of having a couple of pints from a cask of this in Chapel Hill. Dark brown pour with the expected head from a cask poured ale, beige in color. Bourbon notes are big at first, but they don’t overshadow the other wonderful elements of this beer by any stretch: bitter chocolate, sweet coffee, caramel, vanilla, dulce de leche, tangy bourbon oak. I swear I could tell that this was aged in barrels from good bourbon, not just Kentucky swill. Immensely drinkable, too, which is a big plus. A very tasty beverage.
Pours a deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is malty, sugary, toast, caramel, roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some bitter earthy hops. Flavor is malty, sweet caramel, toast, roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak and a bitter roasty finish. GAManiac (1944) - 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.