Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into 12oz stout glass. Smells of Bourbon, Barrel, and some prevalent vanilla notes. Very silky and smooth not much by the way of bitterness, but very well balanced. I compared this against Bourbon County and felt that it was smoother but not quite as boozy. I would say BC is better but this is extremly good and well worth the hype.
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 75oml bottle. Bottle No. 978 of 1081 from Batch 10136. Pours nearly black with just a whisp of tan head. Aroma is smoke, bourbon, chocolate and a bit of dried fruits. Taste follows pretty closely. There is a touch of stale coffee in the back end of the flavor. I was expecting a bit more sweetness, but it is pretty well balanced really.
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 1291/1524, batch 11620. Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, raisins, and some smoke. Can’t sense any alcohol in the nose. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. Medium to heavy, creamy body. Glad I finally got to try this.
mikediesel124 (4) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: Jet black. Poured with no head.
Aroma: Fruity nose. Bourbon sweetness.
Taste: Smoky, roasted, sweet, bourbony.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly medium body for a stout.
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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 (22) - - 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 (1262) - 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 (572) - 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.