drfabulous (5233) - 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 (14045) - San Leandro, 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 (6507) - 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 (3782) - 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 (3341) - 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.
douglas88 (7588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a pure black hue with a medium beige head. A nice bourbon note in the nose, also some vanilla and milky coffee. The flavor is very nice; dominant rich milk coffee, vanilla, woody and earthy, bourbon, very smooth and easy. Well made. A well made coffee stout. A creamy palate.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
damn good beer, thanks to gt for this badboy! very tasty, awesome pour with orange foam, nice coffee aroma, huge coffee bourbon flovor. nice and smooth but bold on the palate. excellent stuff no question.
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber from Steve Klenk. Pours deep black with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is patent malt, roasty coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oaty. Tastes rich, malty, with well balanced coffee, great vanilla, oaky lactic bourbon, and blackberry notes. This one is delicious.
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is smoky, coffee, and sweet roasty malts with the bourbon alcohol notes.. It pours dark oil with a biege creamy head. The flavors of sweet and roasty malts with some leather notes, but ends smoothly on the palate.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a small brown ring for a head. Aroma of dry wood, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, milk powder, grape skins, and minerals. Flavor of vanilla, caramel malts, oak, coffee, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and toasted brown sugar. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. Surprisingly dry. Nice bourbon barrel imperial stout.