wedgie9 (2513) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 11/16/13 from a capped 12oz bottle at our Avery Barrel-Aged tasting, two different vintages. Pours absolute black with a thin brown head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is super roasted dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses with tons of vanilla and coconut oak. The flavor is solid, molasses and milk chocolate up front, moving to the dark chocolate and coffee with the oak on the back. The body is massive with light carbonation and a long oaky bourbon finish.
Clownoisseur (374) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle from ygtbsm94, thanks Brad! Pours a jet black, opaque, one finger mocha head, settles quickly into spotty lacing and a crescent ring around the glass. Aromas of vanilla, fudge, caramel, roasted malt, wet oak and bourbon. Taste is bold, but not nearly as hot as I was expecting in a 14% beer. Nice fudge, bitter chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Blends into hints of dark fruit, caramel and roasted malt. Very thick mouthfeel. Sweet but not cloying...and a nice bitter hop?coffee/chocolate harmony melts into the bourbon heat. Warming but not overpowering like many BA beers of this style. Very well done beer.
Benzai (11048) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [from Secret Santa 2014, thanks to beerandblues2] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, dark malts, lovely soft bourbon and some dark fruits. Taste is intense: moderate to heavy malty, huge bourbon, slightly vanilla, lightly alcohol, dark malts, initially slightly sweet, but a quite bitter finish. Medium to full body, oily texture, medium carbonation. Great beer!
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 vintage. 12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass alongside the base. Pours black with a moderate light brown head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves trace lace. The nose has huge vanilla, oak and bourbon notes, along with chocolate, caramel, raisins, roasted malts and a touch of espresso. The flavour is intensely sweet with huge vanilla, molasses, chocolate, bourbon and oak, along with soy, roasted malts, espresso, earth and subtle hops. The finish is long and oaky, with vanilla, roast malts and chocolate. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a truly amazing bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Even tasted next to the base, it is shocking how much more complex this one is. Sweeter, richer, with absolutely ginormous vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon. One of the very best imperial stouts on the market. 2015-01-02
scoth (614) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jun 27, 2013. Pours thick inky brown, motor oil in the glass with a thin tan head, very fine lacing, decent retention. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, toffee, oak, and dark fruit. Full body, thick and creamy. Medium sweet, alcohol heat, lasting medium bitter finish with a lingering molasses flavor. Thought it starts fairly close to cloyingly sweet, this ends up being nicely balanced by the heat and bitterness.
crajun (1090) - , Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade. In snifter. Aroma was too much bourbon and alcohol. Appearance and palate were 5’s. Darrk pour with nice tan lacing. Taste was better than aroma and complex roast dark fruits wood come through too hot and too much alcohol for me. Rate # 996. Think I prefer oak aged stouts vs bbl stouts. Too much of a good thing here
zvikar (4086) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a nice brown head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla, flavor of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and wood, full bodied. Great.
baraciisch (2395) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled feb 2014... Pitch black in color with dark mahogany brown head... Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, plums, dark chocolate, anise, vanilla and bourbon... Flavor is amazingly good, notes of dark fruits, raisins, dark chocolate, licorice, bourbon and vanilla... Cocoa bitterness and heat on palate... Amazingly good
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joelfaber (37) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
June 27 2013 bottle at home. Poured black and thick, with a dark brown head of foam. Aroma is molasses and whiskey. Tastes like alcohol, molasses, bourbon and licorice. Palate is thick and creamy. Long spicy, woody finish.
jake65 (2959) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off, this was a huge bonus sent my way by JohnGalt1, straight off my want list. Super stoked to get to try this, many thanks. Bottle, 2012 release: Pours a very dark brown, near black and is topped with a thick finger of brown head that quickly dies back. As soon as I popped the cap, the aroma permeates the room. It is hugely sweet, dark fruits and molasses, with a healthy amount of influence from the bourbon barrels. Taste is sweeter than expected, but consistent with the nose. Molasses, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel. Some chocolate. I can sense the high ABV, but it’s well hidden. Silky smooth and a great finish… warms the lips. The only detriment is the all-encompassing sweetness, at least for my taste.