Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz, 1/30/13, Garrison Brothers edition, Bottle 37
A: Doesn't pour as dark as I thought it would be as a "dark ale". Darkish amber I guess. Looks dark brown with light coming through and reddish tint. Initially a half finger of slight off white light tan head. Sticky lacing.
S: I am actually getting some tartness on the front. Some vanilla and wood notes. Wonder if that's infection? It's slight but seems to be starting to come through, although it's still a nice nose outside of that.
T: Initially a touch of tartness up front. Very carbonated. Some creaminess. Some nuttiness. Chocolate. Not dark, but milk. Dryness. Lingering booze.
M: It's full bodied. Not as creamy as I would have thought.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2013 13:19:09 | More by inlimbo77
3.3/5 rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed at NXNW along with a delicious meal. On tap in a chalice via an imperial-size pour.
A - very dark brown, not quite black, arrived with no head and very slight streaky lacing
S - sweet, dark fruit on the nose dominate, also a hint of vanilla
T - light initial grassy hops quickly replaced with dark fruits (plum and raisin), slight enduring bitterness but not very powerful
M - surprising light with low carbonation
D - quite drinkable, but expecting more character
I was hoping for a little more from this beer, not sure if it was just this batch but it seemed to lack concentration and intensity. While it's in a Belgian style, it doesn't have nearly the punch of a true Belgian.
Serving type: on-tap
11-20-2011 18:34:46 | More by DoktorZee
3.25/5 rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed on my phone, so shortened... also reviewing to style... hence the lower score.
Served in a 10 oz snifter with little head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak...and not much else. Taste is a nice mellow bourbon with the typical vanilla and oak, but that's about it. A little on the boring side but still, it is nice to see brewpubs making bourbon aged brews, and it hits the spot nicely.
Serving type: on-tap
03-29-2011 23:13:46 | More by crusian
4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Filled a growler at NXNW and decided to upgrade to the barrel aged option. Glad I did. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass.
The beer itself is a dark, deep brown. The head is a relatively white foam that leaves good lacing. Good contrast.
The nose is a wonderfully smooth bourbon. Vanilla and wood. Fantastic. Maybe a bit caramelly, too. The nose has good retention of it's smell, too. Just wonderful.
The taste is bourbon dominated, but that's about it. The base beer seems bland... and the barrel flavors are a bit muted. Not nearly the match of the nose. At times, this seems watery, but the carbonation is good. All of these combined make it very drinkable. A very nice offering.
Serving type: growler
02-20-2011 22:30:39 | More by UTCengOwl
Black Jack (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
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