Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch no. 2, bottled. A very dark brown (almost purple) pour, very thick brown head. The aroma is very intense, mostly bourbon with light notes of coconut, and malt. The taste is very full bodied with strong bourbon flavor. Sipping this beer is a slow process, which opens up notes of coffee and chocolate. The alcohol is very strong and the finish is very dry and malty. Overall is this a great barrel age from Avery, strong and complex.
jkwood04 (4030) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, some oak and vanilla, a little chocolate and coffee, and some dough. Flavor the same with a lot of roasted malts and bourbon. Smooth, thicker texture. A really good imperial stout that is not as sweet as others that are this strong.
Travlr (12260) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty much black color, brown head. Nice aroma of dark cocoa, vanilla, espresso. Taste is big, boozy sweet coffee, chocolate, vanilla, figs. Nice.
Defensemaster (30) - GERMANY - OCT 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
With a dark, boozy chocolate aroma, significant lacing, and a boozy, earthy groovy feeling....what a nice beer!
---Cheers until next time!
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, SNallygaster. Minimal brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some milk chocolate, light roast. Taste is sweet, caramel, Bourbon, some milk chocolate. Sticky mfull body, low carbonation.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark charcoal black with thin tan head. Nose is of boubon booze, molassis, and vanilla. Taste matches nose with hints of chocolate and toffee. The mouth feel was lighter than some of the other bourbon stouts and the alchohol had a bit of sting. Vintage was 2013, so Iím guessing some age would help this out a bit.
BucannonXC5 (882) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Beer Advocateís ucsbmullet
Purchased: Received it on Oct. 10, 2013
Consumed: Oct. 19, 2013
Misc.: Bottled June 27, 2013; Batch No. 2; 16.53% ABV
Thanks to Nick for the chance to try this.
Poured an almost pitch black color with 2-to-3 fingers of bubbly brown head. Very good amount of uneven thick espresso lacing along the sides. Good retention all the way down.
First smell was bourbon and it was definitely pretty thick. After some more searching I got toffee, caramel, solid European dark chocolate, bitter coffee beans, brownies and fudge. Most of that is just noise though. The bourbon is what you really get here and itís wonderful.
After the first taste, all I could think was magnificent. Just full of deep, dark flavors. Those bourbon flavors were all around the toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, brownies, fudge, chocolate syrup and port wine. The scary part is that the 16.53 percent ABV felt about 6.53 percent.
Full body. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. Alcohol is still hidden all the way down. Such a great drinkable beer.
Just an amazing double stout. It may be the only one I ever try, but I would love to get some more. Wow.
Experiment_Ale (1033) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at my place wih Taylor, Thomas, Patrick. Pours black with no head. Aroma is heavy malt, booze, slight dark fruit, grain alcohol. Taste is big heavy bourbon booze, some chocolate, caramel, burnt símores.
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Vintage .. Pitch black pour with a thin quickly receding brown head .... aroma of oak, bourbon, light vanilla, booze, licorice and some roasted malts .... taste is boozy with a bourbon, light vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, some dark fruit, oak and some bitter roasted malts ..... mouthfeel is slick and oily .... finish is dry as all heck with a lingering abv and light bourbon/roasted .... well done just a tad too boozy
jmgreenuk (4594) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Fresh Craft, Denver. Wow, this was good! Poured a deep mahogany with a rich oily consistency and a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt and boozy alcohol. The flavour is strong bitter with a big malt liqourice cream toffee caramel alcoholic palate. For the ABV, the alcohol didnít dominate. A real classic. One of the best imperial stouts Iíve ever had!