mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Black pour with a dense brown head. Nice looking pour. Aroma was lots of bourbon and dark roasted malt. Bits of cocoa and coffee crept in, good bit of vanilla. Flavors were bittersweet cocoa, heavy bourbon, touch of astringent malt, light vanilla. Plus mouthfeel with light carbonation. Not too shabby. DialSquare (4977) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
On tap at Daily Growler, UA: black pour with thin tan head. aroma of burnt sweet chocolate, little vanilla, oak. tastes are dark roasty, bitter coffee - donít get much bourbon. still good, but little disappointing as a variation on the base. think I like base better. - 7.4 tillmac62 (727) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Pours dark as a starless night. Normal head, lacing and retention for a barrel aged stout.
Rich nose of bourbon over mostly chocolate, but roast and hints of dark fruit are also present. As it warns, coffee is noted.
Light full body with a rich smooth texture that is almost creamy. Normal carbonation for barrel aged with effervescence in the finish.
The excellent flavor profile is well balanced and complex. It begins with bourbon, under which is sweet dark chocolate that progresses to roast and coffee, then rotates to a caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Notes of raisin, plum and molasses are detected across the profile. It finishes smoothly with sweetness, and a slight alcohol note, roast bitterness and a fading bourbon flavor.
GIJOE (1196) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Pours black with a huge pillowy tan head that lingers long. Some lacing. Nose is intense boozy dark-roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla with notes of coffee, bourbon, and a hint of wood.
Taste is quite sweet, but the hop bite comes through. Aftertaste is like bourbon filled chocolates.
Full body. Mild carbonation. Very tasty brew. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Dark black with a brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is sweet, chocolatey, bourbon. Smooth, drinkable, really good.
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Huge bourbon aroma, taste is dark malts and chocolate balanced wonderfully with the bourbon, so good! kraddel (7779) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2015
Side by side with the regular . Pours black, small grey head. Smell is bourbon, oak, roasted malts . Some herbs shine trough as well . Taste is sharp bourbon . Some heat . Roasted malts , oaty, some coffee . ben4321 (6391) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Location: 12 oz bottle as pictured (gold foil), 2/9/15
blackflag321 (689) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Aroma: The nose is heavy bourbon, some sweet vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and a little ash
Appearance: This one pours a black color with a fizzy froth of brown head and some splotchy lace
Flavor: The flavor is sweet and bourbony up-front, with a heavy ashy, smokey finish to it
Palate: The body of this one is pretty full and fairly heavy, with nice, dry, smokey finish
Iím not sure where I got this from, Kramer maybe? Itís had been in the back of the fridge for a while. This one is actually pretty unique due to that smokey/ashy flavor. It actually surprised me. I really appreciate how well it worked with the imperial stout and bourbon flavors to provide balance. This beer reminds that big beers like this can have depth of flavor, and that they donít have to be straight booze on top of sweetness.
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2016 Bottle pour to snifter. Similar (of course) to the non- bourbon version. Bourbon accents were muted. Surprisingly, I liked the non-bourbon version better even though Iím a sucker for bourbon barrel aging. ColovianTrader (464) - - JAN 31, 2015
Vanilla bean and bourbon forward. Other flavors of dark chocolate, lightly toasted grains, oak, brown sugar and hints of roasted coffee. More dark chocolate and raisins in the finish. Tart cherries come through as it warms. Medium/heavy bodied and very smooth.