NikkTwist (1874) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Eulogy. Thick pitch black pour that starts with a good brown foamy head. Sligjt lace. First sip brought tremendous viscous bourbon stout flavors. Deep chocolate. Tons of burnt oak tannins. Espresso. The initial pour was way too cold but still fantastic. Let it warm and explosive flavors came out. One of the best Bourbon barrel beers I have had (which is saying a lot). Heady, but has really deep complex flavors. Nice peaty Scotch Ale hiding in the balance. Extremely great - but is notably molasses sweet. Great stuff!
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (35,cl): Vintage 2013: 16,53%ABV: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees and warming:
Motorioil with an unfortunate quick disappearing brown head.
Aromas of liqorice, bourbon, roast, dark chocolate, wood roast, oat, sweet tar, rice roast, some dark coffee roast, hint of soy and more darkness I might forget!
Flavours of roast, dark chocolate, toffee, raisin, alcohol, bourbon, mocha, bitters, light spice, wood/coffee/malt roast, cookies, loads of tasty dark tones, very delicious!
Aftertaste is a mix of roast, bitters, dark chocolate, mocha, wood roast, oat, and again loads of tasty dark tones!
Low carbo, thick creamy oily spiced mouthfeel, full bodied. Yum yum!
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (64) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
No overpowering aromas but the bourbon is the most detectable. Very dark brown in color and even after a somewhat aggressive pour not much of a head. Spotty bits of bubbles make up the lacing. Flavor is so smooth and complex; getting some bourbon, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and coffee. So vicious and velvety, coats the palate extremely well and goes down way to easily for 16.9%. There is an evident burn from the alcohol but its to be expected. Probably one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged imperial stout Iíve enjoyed to date. So awesome; go and treat yourself to one!
cobaink2 (150) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from beer junction 2013 vintage. Big but smooth burbon notes. Molasses with licorice. Quite large beer and a sipper at that. Fantastic beer but have to say that this is expensive compared to similar products.
asceticbrewer (67) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz to tulip. Pours deep black, with a chocolate brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon,and oak barrels. Taste is roasty, chocolate, charred oak, bourbon, and an underlying alcohol heat. Has a lingering, syrupy presence that
charule (1471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a friend. Poured black with thinning beige head. Aroma sweet heavy vanilla choc oats. Light carb med bod. Mildy boozy for 17%, pretty sweet, bitter roasted choc barrel. Warm it up!
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey. Deep black, small tan head. Thick as motor oil, and hoooo-boy does this cover the 17% well. Lovely vanilla, butterscotch, and oak notes up front, with deep, dark roasted malts behind. Thick, *ultra* flavorful - this is a huge palate bomb, and Iím loving every bit of it.
valpoaj (660) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap pour - excited for this one - snifter has no head...black...aroma is full of bourbon, wood, splash of coffee and chocolate, sweet malts. Bourbon-forward though. Flavor is intense...full of booze, but smooth. Caramel malts, chocolate, hint of vanilla, loads of wood...this was some potent, but excellent stuff. Palate was full bodied; oily - definitely a sipper. Drank well for the ABV. Good beer - pricey, but enjoyable even given the price...
ryecatcher (931) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (which according to the label was bottled on 2-13-15 -- happy birthday Henry Rollins! -- and, contrary to the info in the heading, also says it clocks in at 16.9% ABV). So anyway, pours a thick, stouty brownish-black, opaque with a medium espresso looking head, okay retention, no lacing to report. Nose is big roastiness, whiskey barrel, milk chocolate, brown sugar, dates, raisins and faint vanilla. Very similar to the Mephistopheles (also from Avery). Mouth is silky, and moderately sweet, roasty character dominates with booze and milk chocolate playing second and tertiary roles, followed by some burnt caramel (emphasis on the burnt), vanilla, dried fruit with a warm and sooty bitterness to finish. Solid, but not as good as other BA offerings Iíve drank from these guys... (which is kinda disappointing seeing as it was $14.99 for the bottle.... still good though)
RedSox2004 (1392) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I let this sit for two years, which Iím thinking helped immensely. Opaque black with a dense one-finger head and oily lace. Big aromas of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, accompanied by booze, tobacco, oak and vanilla. Coffee stands out up front in the flavor profile, then overtaken by the bitersweet chocolates, dark fruits and bourbon. Full body, little carbonation, creamy smooth texture, and an alcohol warmth that lingers. Pretty expensive, though.