PhillyCraft (5486) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at TND, pours a cola brown/light black color. Thin beige head with minimal lacing left behind. Aromas of oaky wood, oats, cocoa, whiskey, and vanilla malts. Taste was cherry chocolate, with roasty and sweet peat, vanilla, and cherry juice. Very sticky palate. Excellent.
reggiedunlop (3636) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma has nice whiskey and mild vanilla and oak...not boozy. Flavor is roasty with a touch of dark fruit before nice whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium/full with a warming roasty/whiskey finish.
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand pump at stone bistro. Black pour, with a short, creamy tan head. A beautiful beer. Chocolate, oak, lightly sweet vanilla, mellow bourbon, silky oats, and a bit of alcohol warmth (in a good way). Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky, makes the beer feel lighter then it actually is. A great dessert beer.
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at the 10th Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/6/10. This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse brown color from the firkin. Medium sized tan head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, some roasted malt and a touch of wood. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate, coffee, some roasted malt, some wood and a touch of vanilla. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Touch of wood and whisky. Nice soft carbonation. Hides the alcohol well. Hints of whisky and oak at the finish. Firkining this beer was a great idea, the oak and whisky really seemed very mellow from the cask. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Aquilo (616) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2010 Bottom of the firkin, but still a great pour. Firkin Fest at Triple Rock. Black with a small head. Very fragrant chocolate and berries with a bit of coffee and oak. Full flavor of not too bitter, just very malty. Sparkly mouthfeel. Great stuff.
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A: A fantastic looking pour from the hand pump. Dark brown in color with a thick and creamy tan colored head.
S: The nose is very woody, too much so, in fact. There are some nice notes of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and whiskey, and then a lot more oak.
T: Once again, the oak totally dominates this beer, and the whiskey presence is very noticeable. This is unfortunate, because you donít get much of the base beer. There are some barely detectable notes of chocolate and malt, but theyíre buried deep within.
M: The mouthfeel on this beer is quite nice. The body is medium with a very creamy carbonation.
D: Unfortunately, the whiskey and oak just overpower everything else in this beer. I was hoping for a great beer, but these oak chip aged BP beers all seem to have this problem.