Dorwart (2500) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice strong medium brown head of very fine bubbles. Reduces very slowly. Rich aroma with lots of butter toffee, roasted malts, light bourbon, oak and some sweet cany sugar. A hint of funky sourness in the nose also. Color is a very dark brown. Very rich flavor with loads of sweet malts, butterscotch, brown sugar, chocolate and more alcoholic bourbon. Quite the hot brew but is somewhat balanced out by the solid malt bill backing the brew up. Alcohol burn and warming on the swallow. No funkyness detected in the taste like was apparent in the aroma. Finishes hot and sweet and smooth and very tasty. A bit out of balance but still a very potent ant tasty brew.
Brentv (622) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. On tap at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland, OR. Black pour with a big beige head. Aroma and taste of bourbon and roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Sweet and bourbon, but not overpowering.
ciocanelu (999) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 30, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really dark brown color with creamy, mocha head. Aroma is full-on bourbon, caramel, fudge and butterscotch. Taste follows with the fudge and caramel, chocolate cake, bourbon and a roasty bitter finish. Slightly boozy but it’s not bothering at all. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. A really well made bourbon barrel aged imperial stout which I think should get more attention.
ABUSEDGOAT (2539) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is roast, chocolate, vanilla, moderate barrel, light darker fruit. Medium to full bodied, nothing really groundbreaking here. Alcohol hidden well, predictable flavors - pretty nice.
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose, Calif.
Purchased: April 14, 2016
Consumed: May 14, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle (estimated Nov. 2015)
Picked this up on a work trip to San Jose, Calif., on April 14. Slightly was fearing drinking it there, so now here we are. Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout? Yes. Malt beverage aged 6 months in Wild Turkey, Bourbon barrels? No. I have a hate-hate relationship with Wild Turkey from some high school stuff. Gave their Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout a 3.86 back on July 19, 2014 and hoping this one is better.
Poured a pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy, tan head. Nice serene setting on the top. Above average sporadic spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)
Surprisingly not as much Wild Turkey (or booziness) as I would have thought. Also got bourbon, toffee, caramel, chocolate, hints or crayon, cooking chocolate chips, oaky wood and a touch of coconut (wishful?). (Smell - 4.25)
Tasted just as good as the nose to me. Pleasantly surprised. Got warming in the body right away. Specifically got cooking chocolate chips (looking it up - semi-sweet Nestle Toll House morsels), bourbon, wood, mild vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, toffee, coconut (more than the nose), roasty nuts and chocolate. (Taste - 4.25)
Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)
This was just a really good beer. So much better than I thought it would be. Loved it. (Overall - 4.25)
4.25 95 A
superspak (4400) - Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, raisin, plum, light smoke/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, coconut, toasted oak, dark bread, dark fruit, smoke, char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast bitter and oak spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warmth and light barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV, even with the warming barrel notes. Really big on the barrel presence, but not overdone at all. A highly enjoyable offering.
rondphoto (3747) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Ei8ht Ball / Bellevue KY --- Opaque black color, beige head that drops to the rim, a few lace blobs. Taste is rich toasted malt infused with dark chocolate and yeast rolls that adds bourbon alcohol warmth on the swallow. Everything drifts slowly from there to a long warm finish. Huge, chewy, complex, balanced, totally rad.
EvgeniyKurilov (154) - - APR 22, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Beergeek SPb. Black with brown ring.
Aroma is really tasty. A lot of rich dark chokolate, oak and vanilla, bourbon.
Taste the same but too boozy. Nice dark fruits flavours. Good warm effect. I like so.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Pony Bar HK with Paul and Andrew. Pours a deep, dark brown body with no head; some minor lacing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of rich roast, lots of chocolate, marshmallows and sweet chocolate syrup. I didn’t get too much alcohol distraction on the palate either, and at nearly 14%, that’s pretty impressive. A solid offering from Anderson Valley.
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown imperial stout with a thick frothy lacing mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with light grassy hops, resinous and smooth, light alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, vanilla bean, molasses, alcohol warmth, resinous hops, very nice. Bottle at Cajun Café spring beer fest 2016.