wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Nice and dark, very little head at all. Strong aroma of Bourbons, chocolate and other dark goodness. I have to admit, while delicious, i think Expedition is much better... i like my stouts bolder and a solid kick to the chin and nose. This is a subtle treat.... but I’m not convinced it holds up to all the hype.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 2012 Vintage
Pours nearly pitch black - into a snifter. Surprisingly there is a dark brown head that sticks around for nearly the entire 50 minute duration of enjoyment. In the glass it is black as an eighth note (sorry). Gorgeous
The aroma is incredibly enticing, bringing you in with intensity and balance. Very prominent bourbon barrel characteristics - sweet vanilla and coconut, oak, and heat. Rich dark and milk chocolate and fresh coffee nearly dominate the dark fruits lying beneath.
Tastes just as good as it smells. Big bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and sweet dark fruits. It is not a sweet bomb of a beer, there is some dryness.
The mouthfeel is nearly full, soft carbonation and incredibly smooth. Very drinkable, do not feel the 11.8 abv at all, just a nice soothing warmth from the bourbon.
This is a fantastic BA stout and well worth the effort to seek out a few 12oz bottles.
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 21, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle 750 ml) Completely black, opaque, and beige head sticks to the sides of the snifter. First smell I get is of dark dried fruits, which I find interesting since it’s bourbon barrel aged. Of course you get the bourbon on the nose, but also you can smell sweetness. Alcohol is also evident in the nose. Tastes of coffee, dark dried fruits, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oakiness. Very well balanced and smooth. Not harsh at all, especially for being 11.5%. Nice aftertaste of vanilla that lingers in the mouth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. A world class beer from a world class brewery.
ICEatALAMO (1130) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Finally able to get my hands on this with their new larger release of 12oz bottles. The pour is dark with a nice rich carmel head. The aroma is laced with bourbon, along with tons of malt and some dark fruits. The taste gives a little but burn up front, and really throughout the drink. A little thinner than I was expecting. Can taste characteristics of both beers in here as well. IMO a little disappointed given all the hype, but if it ages anything like Expedition Stout, this beer will only get better. Just much better BA stuff out there.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown with a mocha head. Smells of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. The taste is quite sweet, but not as much as the aroma. A lot of vanilla and chocolate. There is a small amount of roast on the back end so it finishes slightly roasty and dry. The beer is medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. There is no alcohol detected in the aroma or the taste. There is a slight warming in the throat. Great beer.
wheresyourball (539) - El Cajon, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, obtained in a trade, poured into a tulip. Pours opaque black with minimal head. Nose is roast, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon. Taste follows; medium bodied. A bit disappointing that the flavor isn’t more complex (to my palate anyway). I would not say this is in the same league as Black Tuesday or BCBS.
48FanInCali (815) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 12oz bottle. Pitch black pour with thin mocha head and no retention of any kind. Roast, dark fruit, chocolate, and booze on the nose and taste. Wishing for a tad more vanilla, coconut, and a thicker body but otherwise a very solid beer.
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BigBeer45 (1325) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Champanes,
this stout had a black-brown pour and made a one finger tan colored head that receded to a cover that had some open areas and a thick ring, this beer was opaque and I could not see through but I saw a mound of bubbles on the top of the beer and some bubbles flowing up the sides of the glass, it left spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I saw no sediment in the bottle,
this beer had aromas of bourbon, vanilla, bourbon liquor, roasted malt, caramel, some chocolate, malt and bourbon sweetness,
it had flavors of roasted malt, bourbon, molasses, bourbon liquor and malt sweetness, there was a little burnt roasted malt notes and there was a touch of coffee flavor in the background, the finish had roasted malt with molasses and a touch of bitterness,
the mouth feel was more than medium and had a little creaminess,
this beer had more sweetness on the nose than on the mouth, a nice bourbon barreled Imperial stout, not too much bourbon as I find in many Imperial stouts, and not a lot of sweetness like some BB Impys, this was a nice mix of Bourbon Barrel and Imperial Stout.
ryecatcher (1017) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Alex @ Binny’s @ Willowbrook (thanks brutha!). Pours the color you’d expect of an Imperial Stout (or even a Guinness for that matter): a deep, dark opaque brown-black, but with a medium espresso colored head that dissipated fairly soon after pouring. Nose is earthy, barrel, brownie batter, and something kinda like fresh roasted hazelnuts. Mouth is big and creamy, brownie batter and bourbon barrel up front, then coffee notes and some nuttiness on the back end. Super smooth -- can’t really detect the lofty ABV at all. I’ve had a few stouts over the years and some that are comparable, but this is a rare one and a real treat to find in the Chicago area.
obguthr (4589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: Bourbon, walnut, and potting soil nose. Quite nice. Black, with a medium beige head. Charred oak and prune flavor. Medium body, with heat on the back end. Ugh, bourbon barrel aging.