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. 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. 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. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
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. 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.
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! durhambeer (2585) - 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. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 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.
Name: BA Milk Stout
Date: January 31, 2009
Source: Beerfest, ACAT
Appearance: black, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma, plenty of balancing oak, touch of sweet chocolate, light roast
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, milky sweetness mixed with vanilla, light bourbon
Overall: could use a touch more burbon, but again that might be too much
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 14/20