TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with deep amber notes and a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of a nice fresh cup of coffee, vanilla, light bourbon, chocolate and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and great coffee.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to captaincougar. Pours with a thick and inky black body with a small brown head that fades relatively quickly. Glass coating. Aromas of roasted coffee beans, green, vanilla bean, espresso, caramel gelato, strong mineral/stone notes and light oak. Maybe some dark fruit and licorice. Flavors of vanilla, toasted coconut, java, coffee, vanilla creme brulee. Huge, nearly exaggerated vanilla flavors. Kahlua. Very little barrel character. Light bubbles, big body. Very velvety texture. A very solid beer overall.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from TheEpeeist. Thanks, Chris! Pours a near pitch black pour, chocolatey and deep, opaque, with a moderatr frothy darker brown head laces ok. Stays ok. Aromas are a rich presence of oak and vanilla, Bourbon spirit, with some rich roasty coffee notes, grounds and fresh roast, touches of caramel, toffee, more chocolate and cocoa. A touch overdone it seems. Initial is roasty and chocolate, sweeter overall, with a mixture of sweet and dark chocolate, decent barrel presence, ok oak, spirit, touches of Bourbon, vanilla. Bourbon soaked raisinets, with touches of chocolate, rich and deep, some good coffee presence, grounds and mocha. Decent warming presence, rich coffee and mocha overall, decent barrel lingers. Surprisingly, the Bourbon falls behind a bit, the coffee and mocha cocoa presence take hold. Bigger, sweeter, but still roasty. A little thinner than I’d care for. But the coffee really starts to take hold and a semblance of coffee/Bourbon synergy sees the light. Some cocoa, still a little thin. Still, pretty tasty, some deeper flavors, but not necessarily complex. Tasty, finishes with roasty coffee, pretty big, grounds, mocha, sweeter with some warming spirit and vanilla tannins
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a crema cap. Nose is coffee, molasses, oats and vanilla with a whisper of bourbon. Slick medium body with a tang. Taste is an amplification of the nose with intense coffee, chocolate liqueur, coconut and bourbon. Sticky and sweet, perfect for dessert.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Tom for sharing this 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, wood, bourbon, vanilla. Tastes of bourbon (more than the aromas), vanilla, coffee with cream, and milk chocolate. Sweet with low carbonation.
drfabulous (4698) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to ksurkin. Thin head fades quickly. Taste is bourbon, coffee, malt, molasses, sugar. Very rich taste, Medium body. Nice beer.
brokensail (12756) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a thin mocha colored head.
S: Lots of dark, roasted malts and certainly some coffee. A decent amount of bitter, dark chocolate aroma and a touch of vanilla. Don’t really get a lot of bourbon or oak, though.
T: A big roasted malt backbone to this beer with lots of vanilla and chocolate to go with it. The coffee is there too, but a little bit more subtle and well integrated than on the nose. Again, not much evidence of -bals other than the vanilla.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. Fairly smooth on the tongue with a touch of warming alcohol.
D: Pretty enjoyable imperial stout. Nothing that really wows me about it, but good. Wish I could have picked up a bit more of the oak and whiskey, though.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle and served in my Bells tulip, much thanks Ken (ksurkin) for providing the brews: Nearly black with just a bit of amber highlights topped by a small frothy deep tan head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla bourbon barrel, some leather, tobacco, molasses, a hint of sea salt , meat and smoke. There is some boozy phenols but not too troubling until near room temp. The taste is moderate bourbon over a layer of caramel, chocolate and charred malts. Some light coffee and faint PNW citric hop bitterness. Surprising amount of fruit and acidity with a edge of earthy undertones. The vanilla character and sugary tone runs from start to finish, sort of dominates the coffee in the end. The mouth feel is oily and slick with light carbonation. For being a coffee stout and barrel aged, the mouth feel is not a thin as I would have expected. It is a tad warming and medicinal. Overall, not a bad brew but it still seems to be a bit muddled in the midsection, too sugary and vanilla toned and missing that something special that would have taking it to the top.
nickd717 (3623) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber thanks to bifrostguard on BA. Intense coffee aroma - like espresso - with dark chocolate and caramel malts. The flavor is also really intense coffee, mocha really as the dark chocolate is also huge. A little on the sweeter side from caramel malts. Smooth and slick on the palate with soft carbonation and not much coffee astringency. Not the best coffee beer ever but a really good and flavorful one.
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle
I’m not sure who brought this along but in the company of a couple of Ratebeer tasters anything goes. I can’t say that I was super impressed by this imperial stout although it wasn’t that flawed. In different circumstances I might have appreciated it more. However something about the balance of bourbon and beer had me wondering about opening a truly well done barrel aged release.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid liquid black oil seeped into my snifter. With almost no head to speak of this seemed flat though it was hard to tell through the darkness. Smoke, oak, coffee mingled with the smell of an ash tray which has been used only once or twice. Kind of on the light side for an imperial stout I didn’t really pick up on any additional aging.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee is the main feature followed by chocolate pudding pops and then a trace of smoke and anise. Very strong on the coffee this might be too much of a one trick pony for my tastes. I prefer something with more depth, especially if it was aged on bourbon. That never really shows up here. Overall I can’t fault Williamsburg for making a solid beer though.