Kevin (2200) - Montana, USA - MAY 1, 2006
cloudy dark brown body with a grey head. roast coffee nose with alcohol. a mocha flavor with a strong cream and sugar taste. blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & Dave B. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours deep brown, almost black, with an average size diminishing light-brown head. Wonderful aroma of oak, bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, malt, chocolate and more -- very complex and a pleasure to smell. Flavour is predominently chocolate malt and bourbon with some smoke and vanilla added and some light hops and alcohol in the finish -- tastes great! Medium to full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. I’m not always a fan of Bourbon in beers but this one is just right -- I love this beer! HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and Dave B, my bottle via trade with JCapriotti - thanks man!. Poured almost impenetrable ruby-black with an average light brown rocky diminishing head. Aroma - wow! - rich oaky/vanilla bourbon sweetness, lightly smoky/peaty dark chocolate roast malt, light cherry and nuts in the finish. Taste is even sweeter (made me think of a fresh can of play-doh!), thick malt, bourbon barrel character but peaty dark and sweet chocolate overriding all of it, some light hops try in the longish finish where the alcohol finally emerges some ... solid. Mouthfeel is sweet, thick, syrupy, complex - awesome brew, not as in-your-face with the bourbon flavour as the Bourbon Barrel stout. Yum! YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2006
So what is the name of this? "Who’s Your Daddy?" or "Brewers Gone Wild!"? No matter, it’s still good stuff. Pouring out almost jet black with an ample tan head, this gave off aromas of chocolate, bourbon, anise, vanilla, some espresso, a little coconut. Rich and robust in the mouth. Smooth and silky. The flavor was deep and rewarding. All the elements of the aroma joined for a sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, sometimes alcoholic, but always delicious taste. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours deep, dark brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is subtler than a lot of the bourbon-barrel beers. You can smell the bourbon, but also the other boubon-related aromas (vanilla, oak), as well as other malt aromas such as chocolate and dark roast coffee. In the mouth, it’s also subtler (as you would expect) than the BB stouts. The flavors mirror what’s in the aroma, and in the understated complexity is it’s value, as opposed to the bigness of something like the Goose Island Boubon County Stout. I think I’m starting to lose my enthusiasm for the bourbon-barrel brews, but this was a nice mellow example of how to do it without letting it totally take over.
biermensch (64) - USA - APR 24, 2006
Chief Blackhawk meets George Dickel. This porter has a surprisingly mild aroma that barely hints at the flavors to come. Loads of caramel malt, then whisky and vanilla dominate. This is bold stuff. I thought that the barrel aging worked; close to , but not quite, over the top. Creative, tasty and fun to drink. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2006
Ah Tyranena, how I love your special releases. This reminded me of Dark Knight in many ways, except this sells for a mere fraction of the price and, frankly, tastes a lot better. There’s no over the top bourbon notes on this as there is on Dark Knight. Instead, there’s a great balance of bourbon and porter. On the nose, lots of chocolate and vanilla leading into maple syrup, molasses, more vanilla, nutmeg, and mace. A finish that goes on and on. Well done! zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours black, with a brown head. Aromas are bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavors are bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and vanilla. Body is creamy, but a little thinner than I would have preferred. Thanks to Ohio Dad for this bottle. Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Pours a deep black hue with a decent lacing and head. Aroma of vanilla and chocolate. Intense body and mouthfeel where you definately know it was barrel aged. The wood also imparts a wonderful vanilla character with mellow creaminess that balances perfectly with the chocolate malt. Overall, an excellent example of what barrel-aging can do to a big beer. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 14, 2006
thx to ughsmash for this one.
Beautiful vanilla aroma. Pours black w/ a big cocoa colored head
Lots of chocolate & vanilla flavor w/ a hint of roastiness on a medium body.