jandd1983 (2593) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the brewery. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of bourbon, vanilla, oak and leather with chocolate notes. The taste was of bourbon notes, oak, vanilla, booze, raisins and coffee. Just awesome.
AdiBeer (1354) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: intense bourbon, vanilla, heavy bread and grain malts, prunes. Appearance: black, medium, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: massive bourbon sweets continue, alcohol, same flavours as in palate, prunes, intense vanilla with caramel. Overall: incredibly nice Imperial Stout, the bourbon cask makes a massive difference. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.
Beergeek23322 (2340) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10/16/2014. On tap at the brewery. Black with a beige head. Roasted malt, booze, chocolate, coffee. Complex, balanced and thick. One of the best imperial stouts out there.
Beardaxe (183) - - OCT 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 750ml into snifter. Overwhelming bourbon aroma. Thin bodied. Lots of bourbon and not much else. Harsh carbonation. Way too hot for 12%. The base beer seems lost in all this. Not sure if this was a bad bottle or improperly stored (1.5 years old bottle procured in a trade), but it was not awesome. I was so hyped for this and was massively let down.
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a beer. The bourbon cask version is simply amazing. Again, thanks to O’Brien’s for the excellent tap list. A sinful, opaque black that is so powerful it bends light in its direction and absorbs it. Fluffy, creamy, cocoa colored head. Velvety smooth. The 12% alcohol is only barely noticeable. Chocolate aroma that made my stomach growl.
jflopsu (580) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark black with brown head. Has a strong bourbon, coffee, and chocolate aroma. Starts a little sweet with cocoa but turns to really strong bourbon and dark liquors, some coffee and malts. A strong coffee, liquorish, and dark liquor aftertaste.
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely still carbonation. Monstrously elegant toasted wood, coffee and vanilla notes, giving way to a rich layer of fudgy, aged malts. Voluptuous toasted wood backdrop with the traditional coffee/tar Speedway character, only with seemingly less alcohol. Tingly plum skin, fudge, and vanilla lead the way into the finish with more toasted wood/caramelized flavors than bourbon. The toastiness thwarts the sweetness and ups the complexity.
nuplastikk (4566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle shared by Brad. Oily beige head. Black brown opaque body. Rich caramel booze tones. Excellent cocoa, vanilla, barrel tones. Rich, a slow sipper. Almost approaches birch tones every so often.
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Everything about this was planned to be marvelously decadent and did not disappoint. The perfect amount of bourbon. Texture was a velvet wash of creamy dark chocolate with a top-notch (think Jamaica Blue Mountain) espresso thickness. Hint of licorice and toasted coconut. Molasses-like mouthfeel. The liquid version of drinking a Girardelli flourless torte. I imagine some ripe raspberries and pound cake alongside this delight.
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque charcoal. Small caramel ring eventually find its way to the top. Soft, inky smooth mouthfeel. Extremely still carbonation. Monstrously elegant toasted wood, coffee and vanilla notes, giving way to a rich layer of fudgy, aged malts. Voluptuous toasted wood backdrop with the traditional coffee/tar Speedway character, only with seemingly less alcohol. Tingly plum skin, fudge, and vanilla lead the way into the finish with more toasted wood/caramelized flavors than bourbon. The toastiness thwarts the sweetness and ups the complexity. The wood-aging worked wonders here, though it could stand to be beefier and more complex.