holdenn (2060) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FOBAB í12. Oily black color with a minimal head. Roasted malts burnt and sweet in the aroma. Some oak and dark chocolate coming through. Dry roasted malt and chocolate flavors that are sweet and really roasted. Good stuff. 8/4/8/4/16
scooter520 (185) - - FEB 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Appearance: oily black with very small dark mocha head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Aroma: big dark chocolates, deep roasted malts, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, no bourbon or booziness really at all. Taste: sweet dark fruitiness up front with bitter dark chocolate coming in and very sweet molasses, vanilla, and bourbon notes in the end and a sugary and coffee bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel: very creamy and slick thick with very little carbonation. Overall: the alcohol doesn't announce itself like you might expect. The sweetness is a bit heavy, but I think that's where the bourbon and booze is shining through. Looking forward to trying again with some age.
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jcweaver (740) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. Great aroma of chocolate, brown sugar/molasses, bourbon, dark fruit, oak and a hint of vanilla. Very smooth and great flavor with notes of chocolate, light coffee, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, roasted malts, light smoke, and light vanilla. Similar finish with just a touch of alcohol. Tasty, warming and smooth. Hard to believe its almost 18 percent abv.
JStax (2337) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours thick, syrupy dark brown to ruby with a great tan head of foam. Super sweet and malty with some nice cocao nibs. Hearty vanilla and graham crackers come through in the taste. Velvety and creamy on the tongue. I didnít really expect to like this nearly as much as I did. This is one hell of a beer.
peteinSD (1174) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Aaron - thanks! Deepest black pour with a dark tan froth of foam that fades to a slick. Aroma is bourbon with vanilla and heavy, candied sugar sweet malt. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, candied sugar, caramel, molasses, burning alcohol, and toffee. Coating mouthfeel. With the high ratings I was curious but this basically played out like a slightly better version of Averyís bonk you over the head, double digit ABV malt bomb uber imperial beers.
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Via trade with Nasty31. Gorgeous aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak. bourbon. The appearance is deep black, deep tan head. The flavor is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, boozy. The finish is chcolate sweetness, booozy, pine needles. Thick in body, nice mouthfeel like gravy. Nicely done.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: Pours a rich obsidian with a small creamy dark beige head. Has a dense, sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with lots of bourbon oak and vanilla complexity. Starts with chewy viscosity, fine carbonation and dark malty sweetness with notes of raisins and molasses combined with a healthy amount of bourbon before a semi-sweet and smooth finish that hides the alcohol surprisingly well. Loaded with complexity, one of the best bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts Iíve had.
TheBeerGod (4904) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, frothy brown head. Aroma is sweet with vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, booze and burnt caramel. Taste is big chocolate notes, roasted malt, burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses, and booze. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation and lots of lingering alcoholic warmth. Ends with more burnt caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Damn tasty!
brystmar (972) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, deeply roasted malt supports the smooth bourbon barrels. Silky as hell, highly refined; plenty of booze, though it integrates seamlessly into the flavor profile. Goddamn this stuff is good.
ineedbeer (420) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has a medium amount of alcohol but it integrates nicely with the chocolate and roast. The roasted malt notes have some meat and coffee character.
Pours black with a faint mocha head that persists as a thin film on the edges.
Flavor has lots of dark chocolate and bitter chocolate notes. Roast has a nice quality to it, light smoked meats and coffee. Some molasses and a spicy alcohol note. A bit of a bourbon note but not much vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Medium high alcohol heat. Low astringency, almost non existent. Not super sweet.
Overall, a very enjoyable stout but a touch hot. Nice chocolate and toast flavors that help hide some of the alcohol.
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