hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
clear cola brown with a slight off white head.
it smells like bourbon barrel aged root beer barrel candy, untoasted fennel seeds, vanilla and frozen raspberries.... tart and crazy woody.
the flavor is awfully like rootbeer and the remaining aroma without the raspberry fruitiness. it is surprisingly not sticky. 9/3/8/3/15
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
ten minutes later something magically changes in this thing... all the good attributes disappear only to leave watered down generic label whiskey and medicine...wtf? happened?
Bottle shared by the Notorious DAK. Unsure how you nabbed this one, but thanks. Pours a dark borwn color with nice legs but no discernable head -- sort of like an ASU student. Smells WTF -- root beer, peanut oil, soy sauce, and raspberry jam. That’s what I’m going with. Tastes silky with cherry juice, caramel, further raspberries and lactose. Kind of reminds me of Shorts PBJ. jsquire (4666) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2010
I admit I had this pretty late in the day at DLD, so my notes are not exactly cogent. I remember mostly a sensation of really liking it and that it was damn big. Black beer with a small brown head that left an attractive lace on the glass. Nose of dark brown sugar. Tons of molassess, vanilla, toffee and the bourbon notes. I wish I could have more of this when I’m in a better condition. adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAY 6, 2010
On draft at DLD 2010. Pours a dark cola with a small cream colored head. Aroma of bourbon, tootsie rolls, toffee, malt and dark fruit. Taste is much the same as the aroma. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Served on tap at the FFF Brewpub on DLD. The appearance is similar to the regular with a nice dark coffee brown but with no real head. The flavors and aromas begin sweet with vanilla and bourbon. A lot lighter in body then the BA Dark Lord sampled the same day. The flavors then move more towards sweet toffee, hard caramel candies. A nice brew where you get the effects of a year of aging on top of the bourbon really adds some nice layers to the brew.
j12601 (13298) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
On tap in the Three Floyd’s pub on Dark Lord Day. Pours a hazy cola brown with a thin beige head. Bourbon, toast, and faint roast up front. Smooth, tastes a bit like chocolate pudding. Very yummy, some nice dark fruit. More vanilla and pudding on the finish. Pretty good. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2010
Tried beside a Marketing Ploy a few days after tapping. Again, I lacked the info to add this to the database because 3F are lazy, bootleg, metal heads who never update their draft menus, cheaply recycle the same beer stained folders, and can’t spell or proofread for crap. Though they are considered a "world-class" brewery. I shall buy them a copy of MS word, a gluestick and Sham-wow for their 13th anniversary. Let some other fat yutz add it. All criticism aside, [A] Wonderful aroma. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, tootsie roll, vanilla. [A] Pretty opaque. Very dark ruby brown to light. Brown head [F] Mostly chocolate. Cocoa. Barrel is a great complement to the rest. Caramel. No Palo Santo or hops notable. [P] The barrel is a little hot. I personally find 3Fs Barrel beers to be less than flattering in the "mellow" department. Its quite drinkable in my book, either way. Loved the base. Booze is no challenge. [O] Would be great if they did a 2 year version of this, as I still saw a "Popskull" barrel racked at DLD the other day. I highly doubt it, though. Maybe it has peaked. Own a bottle. Drank a bottle fresh. Had some on cask. This was probably the most enjoyable, even if not the smoothest version of the collabo I have had. Another kind of simple, yet flavorful brew. For the price, I’d only indulge enough to review a snifter. Nice treat, though. nickd717 (4997) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
Had this beer on tap at FFF after DLD, when I definitely shouldn’t have been drinking anymore, but oh well.Pours from the tap a cloudy dark reddish-brown color with a one-finger tan head.Aroma is really excellent. There is a nutty, chocolatey brown ale base that is really enhanced by the barrel notes. Oak, bourbon, and lots of vanilla come through.Flavor is way better than regular Popskull, which I found fairly boring and lifeless. Rich chocolate malts, caramel, pecans and other nuts, and vanilla, as well as dark fruits, oak barrel, and well-integrated bourbon. Decadent stuff, this is.Fairly full-bodied and smooth on the palate with average carbonation for a barrel-aged beer. Just a little boozy, but not more than you’d expect given the ABV.Drinkability is not great on this one, as it does overwhelm the palate before too long. Overall though, I was very impressed. The magical art of -bal aging succeeds once again in creating a great beer from a slightly above average one. chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2010
Had this on draught at FFF a few days before Dark Lord Day. Jet black with a brownish head that recedes quickly. Bourbon and vanilla in the aroma. I felt like I could get a buzz just smelling this beer. The alcohol aroma was overpowering a bit. Taste is vanilla, bourbon and tart fruit, such as cherries. Medium bodied with a sweet finish that leaves an alcohol and vinegar taste. The bourbon and alcohol overwhelm this beer making it a bit unpleasant. Certainly an interesting beer to try once, but not something I’d order again.
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Dark reddish-brown pour with a thin tan head. Bourbon, woody aroma, heavenly. Taste- woody, bourbon smooth, dark fruits, alcohol. Aftertaste was fruity and woody. No lacing, but who cares. this was a wonderful beer.