vtafro (3561) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, chocolate, sweet malt and cream aromas, smells smooth somehow. Silky finish, flavor is sweet, has bourbon and oak tones. Nice full flavored stout with barreling not over powering the beer.
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beer Geeks. Lucky to come across this. Pours a motor oil black color with a half finger dark tan head. Beautiful looking imperial stout. Smells amazing with dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak, and some coffee. Tastes very much like it smells. Starts with bitter dark chocolate and bourbon, then smooths out with sweet vanilla and oak with more chocolate and some coffee. Has a medium to full body with a nice creamy and slick texture. The oak bourbon barrels make the beer so much more complex and good. Great imperial stout.
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour thin tan/orange head light lacing ..... aroma of vanilla and oak, light black licorice, dark chocolate and roasted coffee ..... taste is of vanilla, light bourbon, oak, little creamy and lactose with a deep roasted and bitter hoppy bite .... you can definitely taste aspects of both beers, abv is hidden well .... hint of black licorice and as it warms light butterscotch .... finishes bitter dry and roasted ... mouthfeel was sweet, creamy and had a nice lively tingle on the tongue ... awesome beer
77ships (4134) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big thx to tderoeck for this one // sampled what was probably bottle nr. 898/1081 @ GBF 2012 // black with a mocha head around the sides // smell is pure velvet cake with chocolate, toffee, sweet oak, toffee, creamy, touch liquorice, milk chocolate and everything is drenched in most incredibly bourbon aroma ever, tad vinous even // taste sweet & pure creamy, sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, touch liquorice and berries, milk chocolate, fruity, thick sweet coffee, vanilla oak, small touch of roast complimenting the whole, tad warming the whole is drenched in incredible bourbon // creamy, velvety // reminds me a bit of Firestone 15 but this is head and shoulders above // I thought the hype on this one was nonsense but this is crazy good
JorisPPattyn (7969) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
No head, pours like engine oil. Bourbon nose, vanillawood, punch-in-the-face alcohol. Less Bourbon, more smoked, ashes, BBQ coals, alcohol, fusels, and faint but intriguing flavours as artichoke. Well bodied, long-flowing alcoholenhanced flavours. Another John Mallett pearl. Just great. Dikke merci à Ignace!
BoBoChamp (5535) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, Bottle 898/1081, no mention of ABV, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #338 of 1081 for rate #4300:   Black pour, moderate dark beige head, foamy, fairly nice lacing.   Strong graham cracker nose, bourbon, sweet roasted malts, and soft hoppiness.   Very smooth on the tongue, sweet roastiness, strong graham cracker and bourbon.   Very smooth on the tongue.   This one is too easy to drink.   For an Imperial Stout its not overly hopped, too astringent, or a bruiser when it comes to ABV.   The 10.5% ABV is well masked.   Not overly complex, but for what it is its very smooth, clean, with all the flavors you need for a barrel aged Imprerial Stout.   Nothing dominates, comes across as well balanced.   A huge thanks to pailhead for sending this one my way!
pete4999 (1068) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Maduro in Madison, WI as part of the GT pre-party. I thought this was good but a bit overhyped. Tasted pretty much like you’d expect it to taste - the coffee chocolate booziness of expo stout with the bourbon barrel vanilla notes. I think I would’ve liked it better if it was just BA expo stout.
kappldav123 (5030) - GERMANY - AUG 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to bulldogp04 for that one. Bottle looks really really good. Bottle nr 1015. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Intense malty and dry aroma. Starts earthy-malty, dry, not too scratchy. Hints of coffee and liquorice, a bit bitter chocolate. Well balanced finish with again earthy notes. Mild bitter aftertaste. Quite drinkable for its strength. Great beer!
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: massive dose of chocolate, mellow roast and coffee, caramel and molasses, nice bourbon note. Pitch black pour, brown head which dissipates fairly quickly. Flavor is chocolate cake, coffee and roast malts, cocoa, a hint of molasses. Bitterness is fairly low, nice bourbon profile, creamy and smooth. Full body, low carbonation, velvety on the palate. Very nice.