jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
lucky to find this at a local bar, glad I had it now 7 months after bottling, fresh Iím sure this bad boy was very hot... dark brown pout, a bit thin dark tan head fades fast... the aroma is very strong and hot, tons of alcohol, a bit fusel, as it warms it calms down showing off bourbon and vanilla... the taste is quite excellent and much more balanced than the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol, a bit of marshmellow sugaryness... the alcohol is present but hidden excellently for the abv... pretty stellar beer that will be coming into its prime in the near future
nearbeer (4072) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Pour is midnight black with a small ring of bubbles. Nose is raisin liqueur, oak, soy and chocolate. Tastes of mint chocolate, alcohol, raisin and toasted grain. Heavy body is decently balanced and has low-medium carbonation. The big abv is fairly well hidden. Pretty straightforward aroma and flavors are none too complex, but the effort to make a huge beer is duly noted.
tderoeck (5883) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
21/IV/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: 27/VI/13 (2014-1575) Thanks to Thomas and Annelies for the bottle!
Note: was surprised to find I hadnít rated this yet, despite having drunk this. Was able to back-track it to the correct notebook, thanks to my line-up pictures of tastings on Facebook. :p
Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, lots of chocolate, chocolate milk, bit of vanilla, nutty touch. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: dark chocolate, caramel, little sourish, sugary and sweet as well, mocha, bourbon, dried fruits, raisins, brown sugar. After-taste: sweet, lots of dried fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, mocha, soft bitterness, bit boozy, sourish touch. Lovely beer!!
oRos (1326) - sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Bruce. Pours black with brown head. Taste is booze and lots of wood an oak.
JaBier (5315) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and roast. Boozy flavor with chocolate and roast before a bourbon finish. Bourbon is the most prevalent character in both the nose and the flavor, but at least the beer is big enough to stand up to the barrel and throw off its own characteristics. Certainly not barrel-aged coca-cola like a lot of attempts from other breweries that arenít as experienced with barrel-aging.
thomashall (228) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark black with almost no head. Rich malty boozy aroma. Strong bourbon flavor with some molasses and faint dark fruit. Really amazing beer. Gets more boozy as it warms.
PartyFowle (487) - - MAY 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Murky, muddy brown-black with a large-bubbled head of milk chocolate. Sugary, tangy aroma: dark cherry, molasses, butterscotch, blackberry, maple, vanilla, dulce le leche. Fruitier than expected. The flavor replicates this bouquet, with dark chocolate covered maraschino cherries, dark berries, maple, vanilla, oak and a hint of burnt toast. Itís an incredible blend, and the alcohol is negligible. Mild, tingly carbonation. Some alcohol heat is noticeable, naturally. Creamy medium-full body is a bit oily and sticks on the tongue. Nice berry flavors in this one -- itís fruitier and tangier than I expected, which is what makes it great. Very smooth.
Mittenator (1567) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Near black with a dark tan head. Vanilla, toffee, Candi and chalky. Plums, dry, dark chocolate.
mymaestro (44) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy white with a thick white head. Light citrus, lemony taste with some residual sweetness.
BananaBi11 (27) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lot of bourbon and sweet. Very strong and heavy. You get roasted malt and dark chocolate mostly. But there definitely is coffee there as well as some fruit flavors that are somewhat surprising and almost hard to find even. I love the bourbon barrel beers and this one is outstanding.
gEUS (1396) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting, shared by beerlover_ben. Pours depe brown to black, beige head. Nice roasted and lots of mocca hints. Alcohol is fairly hidden.