Rando7 (609) - Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours viscous very dark brown with thin brown head that fades rapidly to a ring. Coats the glass well. Aroma dark fruits, molasses and booze. Taste raisins, dark fruits, vinous notes, molasses, chocolate, vanilla and booze. Alcohol very forward. Palate thick. Finish tiny bit of roast with alcohol burn
Kind of reminded me of Averyís The Beast with less dark fruits and more bourbon. Not a traditional imperial stout thatís for sure.
HomeBrewHawk (458) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with a finger of dark tan head. Big, boozy nose with chocolate and vanilla. Starts our really boozy, but that evens out a bit as it warms. More chocolate and vanilla from the barrel. Full bodied and rich. Long finish of chocolate and vanilla. Did I say chocolate and vanilla enough? This could use some time to round out into something really special.
dbarnold (1073) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dear god in wherever-you-are this thing was a beast. Sampled at SAVOR, and a sample was all I could handle. Really tasty, but SO strong. Pours dark brown, no head, no carbonation. Flavor is, of course, boozy, with chocolate, licorice and dark fruit coming through. Flavor is a great, and it hides the ABV relatively well, but thereís only so much you can gide 17.42%. Tasty treat though. If you buy a bottle, plan to share it or black out.
radagast83 (3110) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.
Dogbrick (6041) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: Pours an inky black color with a medium thin tan head that recedes steadily to a dense film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of charred malt, dark chocolate and bourbon. Rich and smooth body with a nicely balanced bourbon character with notes of dark malt, chocolate, vanilla and hops. The finish is somewhat boozy with a lingering oaky aftertaste. Good beer all around.
jcnielsen (840) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen for sending. Pours a deep black with a brown head. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate aromas. Flavors of bourbon and chocolate, with some alcohol/burn on the finish. Doesnít taste like a 17% beer, maybe more like a 12%.
bhensonb (8995) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less. Fredís the man! Pours very dark brown with a transient dark tan head. Aroma of bourbon/vanilla/oak with something unfamiliar. Full bodied +. Flavor is brown sugar, bourbon, oak and very smooth burnt malt. think chocolate also. Complex and tasty. Finishes on the sweet side, but itís very bourbon/chocolate. Very flavorful.
marcus (5005) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black with a tiny light brown head and a chocolate and alcohol aroma. There is a sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor with some brown sugar and a heavy bourbon finish. Very intense flavor.
markwise (3803) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle courtesy of stumpyiliz. Cheers, Aaron! Pours a thick, viscous jet black with a tan head. Nose is booze, wood, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, burn, marshmallow, alcohol, and hints of dark fruit with some pronounced booziness. Flavor burns and flames erupt through the nose- there is definite chocolate, vanilla, and mallow in there, but the booze just dominates so much in this one. Medium to full in body and lingering chocolate and booze in the finish. I would love to taste this again in a few years.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2012 12oz, gold foiled bottle, dated 3/27/12, courtesy of Denverbeerdrinker on BA. thanks, Matt! pours a thick, oily, jet black topped by a dark, creamy, mocha head that leaves dense sheets of rusty lace on the glass. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of chocolate fudge, rich molasses, charred oak, and vanilla cake batter backed by spicy bourbon, brown sugar, graham crackers, and suble notes of fig newtons. flavor is truly spectacular, intense in every way, with huge notes of fudge brownies, pralines, mocha frappacino, símores, and candied pecans up front backed by rich, smokey, woody bourbon, charred barrel, figs, and hints of red wine with just a touch of vanilla cake on the back end. palate is huge, rich, smooth, and sweet with perfect carbonation and just a touch of bourbon barrel warmth. no way you could convince me that this is nearly 18% abv! overall, an obnoxiously decadent and truly marvelous barrel aged imperial stout.