j12601 (13027) - 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. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2010
A kind soul sent me some of this. You know who you are!! Brown pour. Aroma is really all over the place. Rootbeer barrel candies, caramel, tea, vanilla, bourbon, wood. Flavor is sweet and weird. Boozey, rootbeer flavor, artificial sweetener. Hard to put a finger on this. One sip it was really fun, then the next it wasn’t so fun. Oddball brew. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a very dark near opaque brown, dark with a decent light brown head that dies to a small ring, film lacing. Aromas are a hefty dose of brown malts, Bourbon spirits, wet oak, vanilla tannins, cocoa, brown malts, a touch of nuttiness, sticky sweet caramel and toffee come in fairly big. Initial is a big dose of bourbon, chocolate beneath, a bit thinner bodied than expected, very warming alcohol on the palate. A big blast of cocoa, brown earthy sweet malts, vanilla tannins, a strong bourbon presence magnified by the thinness / inability of this beer to hold barrel. Over boozed, finishes warm, cocoa, and boozy. A bit of a mess from the barrel aged archives of Three Floyds. Pretty strong bitterness, slight almost lactic quality.. Interesting. Not a fan overall. Don’t get me wrong, there are some solid flavors in there and a decent balance when the ABV content is not considered. But, I’m just not that into it. Fairly thinned out and boozy overall, profound bitter finish. It’s ok, once you get past the ABV to body ratio. nickd717 (4818) - 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. jsquire (4559) - 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.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a very dark brown with tan head. Aroma is very strong bourbon. Some oak, some cocoa, and lots of whiskey. Flavor is strong whiskey, oak, a bit of earth. Light chocolate, some vanilla. I agree that the beer is pretty shockingly boozy and thin. Really felt it about half way through the beer. I like it, and it’s better than the original Popskull, but it’s nothing I would flip out about if I saw on tap again. Not the best BA beer from Three Floyds but still cool to try. hellbilly (3247) - 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
adrian910ss (2590) - Doylestown, PA, USA - MAY 6, 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?
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. andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2010 I tried this while mooching off of a friends’ friends co-worker while waiting in line at Dark Lord Day 2010. Aroma wise, this is the best beer I have ever smelled. Its like a euphoria of caramel and candy. Its pretty much black with a small tan head. Taste wise, this is relatively light in comparison to other bourbon barrel ales I’ve tried, rather sweet but very well balanced. I really hope to try this again, but if not I’ll always have this memory of one of the best beers I’ve ever had. 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.