brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 16, 2013
On tap @ GABF. Black pour with a tan head. Bourbon, licorice, and roasted malt aromas. Some ash, oak, and dark fruits. A touch of acidity and dark fruits. Flavor is more bitter than expected. Light sweetness of dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. Oak, ash, and roasted malt. Decent licorice character, too. Tmoney99 (14483) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Tap sample at CBWF. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing. Heavy toasted malt, bourbon and chocolate aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex toasted sweet bourbon flavor with a heavy toasted sweet finish of long duration. Best of fest complex standout brew.
kermis (13466) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Sample at GABF 2013. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of massive bourbon, vanilla, fudge, toffee and caramel malt. Flavour is heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor of vanilla, raisins, wood, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, and caramel. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Sample at the Columbus Winter Beerfest on 01/14/2012: Pours black with a medium thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Short strings of lacing. The nose is bourbon-forward with some dark malts in the background. Rich body with an oaky bourbon character and notes of malt, vanilla and caramel. The finish is somewhat boozy with a black coffee and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
on tap @GABF-pours black that sheets with a brown head and trailing lace. Aroma is rich dark malt-chocolate, some bourbon. Taste is rich dark malt-chocolate, some earthy hops, bourbon. Soft carbonation. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2012
GABF. Nice dark brown pour, light brown head. Straight forward aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate. Flavor is vanilla, toffee, bourbon, charred oak, very light ash and chocolate. BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Sampled from the gallon size growler you see in the picture. Thanks for sharing, Bob! Very dark pour with reddish highlights, smaller head. Great bourbon and chocolate on the nose and taste. Tastes slightly hot but this is super good. alexsdad06 (10418) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Growler at Jackie O’s (from notes). Pours very dark brown/black with a thin beige head. The aroma has dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, ash, dark fruits and a hint of smoke. The flavor is roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, ash, earthy hops and a hint of smoke. The dark fruits also are there. Good bitterness at the back with quite a bit of barrel, smooth mouth feel and medium body. Better out of the barrel.
Sampled at Cincy beerfest also. gnoff (10344) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2012
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session
Black color, brown head. Sweet, alcohol, vanilla scent. Sweet, raisin taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Stunning and wonderful, one of my best beers for the entire festival (3 sessions).