DrSilverworm (7999) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
32oz growler, from Lexington Beerworks. Shared with DanielCoor about 4-5 hours later. Deep, dark brown color, a little bit of light gets through around the edges. Nice little light brown head, bits of lace. Wow. Super nice aroma in the nose. Less obvious vanilla than you get in your typical bourbon barrel stout nose. Itís more rich, like a rich dark chocolate velvety dessert cake. Wow. The flavor is super. I was expecting at least some sort of bite, but thereís no hint of the alcohol. No burn, no bite. Itís not even close to being too sweet. Thereís some moderate sweetness, but a good light to moderate bitterness, as well. In the finish thereís a big amount of coffee - roasted malts in the aftertaste that contribute to that nice bitterness. Good big chewiness to the texture. Bigger body. Very light carbonation. Some nice (light chocolate milky) creaminess, maybe a little whipped cream flavor. Light hint of brown sugar. Super, super good stuff
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very smooth but not a lot of depth there. Smooth barrel and a bit of chocolate. No booze
tmongoose (1556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft at location. i have been hearing about this for a couple weeks and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. this beer poured midnight/motor oil black thick and chewy.coffee colored head that didnt last at all. oily lacing on this 10oz pour. the aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate in its decadent stage and bourbon. the aroma alone is intoxicating. the flavors you can chew on thick and creamy and chocolatey and bourbon and alcohol burn. i have had i sip of angels envy and it was good aging this beer in those barrels makes it sweet creamy texture something to behold. bowing to greatness on this one.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours jet black and thick with nice mocha head which settles and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, black cherry, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste is a perfectly balanced sweet dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, bourbon barrel is present but not overpowering. Booze hidden amazingly well by the thick oily but creamy mouthfeel. Excellent beer and hard to believe how smooth it drinks. Best Louisville made beer Iíve ever had.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
It is hard to say which is better - this or the Bo and Luke. You canít go wrong with either one. Thereís a reason that Against the Grain is acclaimed internationally. It has probably kicked by now but if it shows up at festivals be the first in line for a fantastic imperial stout.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep oily black head rings the glass with a dirty sheen of lacing. Chocolate, coffee, anise, and alcohol all warm the senses. The bourbon barrel aging is evident but not overdone. Milk duds and raspberries round out a heavy experience.
Flavor / Palate - Milk duds, coffee, black raspberries, and anise all compete for the richest texture. The smoky undertones accent a smooth experience that does not feel heavy for 13%. Despite being a filling beast this one has been calmed by the masters in the heart of Louisville. If they do not get some awards in the near future then someone has been robbed.
crossovert (8682) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon boozefest of a beer, almost has a raisiny finish with plenty of fruity booze.
deyholla (7636) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Local Option. Pours a very dark blackish brown with a choclatey dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark fruits, strong roasted malts with a bit of bitter chocolate. Flavor starts full of chocolate with strong roasted malts and a bit of a bitter bite in the finish.
ContemplateBeer (1661) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of oak, vanilla, waffle cone and milk chocolate. Appearance is black oily body with tiny mocha head. Flavor matches the nose; obvious barrel character here, but decadent and sweet and of course boozy. Palate is medium, oily and chewy. Pretty brutal, but very tasty.
drfabulous (4546) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Country Boy. Big sticky bourbon bomb. Low carbonation in pour. But lots of chocolate and very intense.
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Raisin, chocolate malt and alcohol aroma. Black with moderate tan head. Sweet raisin, cherry, molasses, and chocolate malt aroma. Mild alcohol finish. Smooth as silk - very tasty.