Bulk_Carrier (3552) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch no 4. Bottled Feb 13, 2015.
This was poured into a mini snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin concave lacing after a one finger off white head dissipated within about a minute.
The smell had a sweet bourbon with nice roasty notes and a smooth sticky chocolate with an underlying gently smokey oakiness.
The taste was sweet and roasty smooth leading into a big super smooth roasty aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with sticky notes strolling over my tongue. Carbonation was felt nicely.
Overall, I say this was a wonderful bourbon barrel stout that I would definitely have it again.
furthur (849) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, opaque black beer, brown sugar colored head fades to a skiff leaving some lace. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, sugar cookies, oak, raisins, toasted barley. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, peanuts, anise, cookies, alcohol, molasses, shoyu. Palate thick, nearly syrup, carbonation subdued. Alcohol is strong, but doesnít taste like 17%. Sweetness is, however, a bit much. As desert itís ok, but I donít even want to finish the 12oz. bottle in one night.
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Craft. Beautiful notes of Caramel, roast, booze, wood and chocolate. Nice thick body. Very smooth.
katrinaez (1186) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy hitting flavor at once. BourBon filters slowly down your throat and relaxes there. Deep black color. Tap
Emeister84 (2004) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, tobacco, bourbon. Black with a mostly lasting tan head. Some sweetness, port-like, raisiny, dark chocolate, whiskey. Full bodied, pretty damn smooth especially considering the alcohol level.
shoulderbroken (3538) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is boozy, bit rough. Gingerbread, fruit, treacle, very nice. Sticky. Pretty good.
jinroh (1102) - ESTONIA - APR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, beige head. Aroma is somewhat green, nice healthy toffee, bit of ashes. Probably needs more time before all characteristics come out. Taste has some raw chocolate, coffee liquor, sweetness also there. Alcohol intense but still wouldnít say itís almost 17 percent. Nice long-sipping beer. Sweet, spicy, vanilla, bourbon, good stuff. Bit too fresh maybe, would love to try the aged version in the future.
hackobock (3291) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
April 18, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2012 (17.42%). Received in a trade with Ratman197, thanks!
Disclaimer: Drinking this to celebrate my first niece (so Iím finally Uncle Jacob), therefore some bias might occur...
Dense black with a very small brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, canned peaches, oak, roasted malt, prunes, alcohol and light dried fruits. Taste is sweet and bitter in a very good balance, toffee, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, peach. Finish is bitter roasted with sweet toffee, bourbon and peach notes, warming alcohol. Full bodied, smooth creamy oily texture and soft carbonation.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Bruce in his backyard. Pours very dark brown to black with a slight light mocha head. Lots of roast and some chocolate on the nose. Flavor follows with more chocolate and some bitterness. Surprisingly more light bodied than I had expected. Finishes dry and clean. Really nice.
coachd (542) - Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is big time bourbon, oak, vanilla and a bit of sweetness for balance. Pours out a bit thin but midnight black with a light brown head that is bigger than I would have expected. Tastes slightly boozy with traces of the oak and vanilla from the aroma. More bourbon heat in the aftertaste but not overwhelming for the ABV. Palate is absolutely spot on. Much silkier mouthfeel than it looked like. This is a must try for anyone who likes mammoth Imperial Stouts. Full of bourbon, full of oak.