Upland Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
What do you get when you age your chocolate stout in a 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Cask? Heaven on earth.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DennisG (5) - - APR 11, 2011 does not count
I must say I did not care for this beer. It went down bad and had a after taste I did not care for.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a non-offensive moderate brown color, toward the darker end of the spectrum. No real head or lacing to speak of. Holy crap is there a lot of hot, hot bourbon in the nose. Nothing really else to speak of. The taste and feel are much worse as it’s no longer bourbon, but just straight alcohol that takes this over. I believe they had just put it on tap, so maybe it wasn’t ready yet, but wow was this just completely undrinkable. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-24-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2009
Indy Brewers Fest 2009 - Aroma is full of oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor matches with a lasting chocolate finish. Palate is chewy and dry. A step up from the normal chocolate stout for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Opaque dirty oil black with light brown head. Bourbon and choco syrup nose. Well blended booze and chocolate flavor. Oily. Dry warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Outstanding brew. Pours a deep, dark black with a tan and frothy head. Aroma is like a candy bar: caramel, chocolate, nougat, vanilla, wood. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth and the taste is delicious. Lots of wood and tobacco and caramel, touches of bourbon and chocolate. Slightly bitter. Fatastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2009
Draft at brewery. 3-21-09. The touch of bourbon and barrel aging takes one of Upland’s good beers to another level. Dark brown, almost black pour with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, roasted malts and caramel. Notes of chocolate and hint of smoke. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. No surprise that it tastes of bourbon and chocolate. Medium body, watery texture and moderate to lively carbonation. It finishes smooth, almost velvety. Very nice balance between sweet malts.and bourbon. The bourbon is far from overpowering which is a huge plus. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2009
IBGF 2009, this was the one beer I marked as a must try and it did not disappoint: Basically opaque with a frothy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of bourbon (big surprise there), milk chocolate, pipe tobacco, leather, and a hint of sea salt. The taste displays lots of chocolate and toasted malt character with a bit of ashy black too before the barrel kicks in. What I found unique is that the alcohol in this beer comes off more like a plum wine or sake than it does bourbon. Oaky and earthy finish that lasts forever. The mouth feel is aggressive and lively with a noticeable warming trend upon the chest. A winner for sure and something I would like to try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (14274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Draft sample at Keg Liquors Fest of Ale. Poured black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and sweet woody bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet toasted malt and bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Standout brew that exceeded my expectations.

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