wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 1300th rating overall, and 1000th USA rating.
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011. Pours completely black with an average brown head that leaves a thick collar of lace. The nose is coconut, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, vanilla, and awesome. The flavor starts off with the sweeter coconut, vanilla, and milk chocolate notes up front, moving to the more bitter dark chocolate and espresso, with the barrel notes melding perfectly. The body is full with average carbonation and a long oaky coconut, vanilla, and nicely bitter espresso finish.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, dark tan ring of head. Smell is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, sweet cream, and dark fruits. Taste is malty sweetness, bourbon, roast cocoa. Very silky and smooth with surprisingly little booziness and a dry finish.
biggirlpanties (152) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the release at Churchkey. Ink pour, thick mocha head. Nose is ultra soft bourbon and ganache frosting. Taste is just.....stop talking to me while I have my dream beer. Yes, it is nearly perfect and I donít need to explain that to you or myself. I will sit in the corner and quietly orgasm.
jcos (1442) - Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Location/Date:Draft at Bellís Beer Dinner @ RFDís, January 10th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours black with light red head - perfect.
Aroma: Aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon..
Taste: Some creamy taste from the double cream stout, chocolate from expedition, nice amount of roasted malt, some bourbon.l.
Palate:Medium body that is slightly lighter than other imperial stouts(an okay thing), lingering aftertaste that is pleasant..
Summary: This was some pretty special stuff that Iíll only get to have once I assume. Very enjoyable way to finish a great dinner.
dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lucky night for me at RFD in Washington, DC. Bells dinner ended with this. Black as night with a slight head...aged about 18 months after the barrel according to David Bell. WHOA. Big boozy notes, tons of chocolate and vanilla. It was sweet and stick, stayed on yoru tounge forever. Definitely a slow sipper. We got generous 10oz pours and I needed close to an hour to polish it off. Great stuff.
wooday395 (2) - - DEC 28, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazingggg. This beer is one of my favorites. I live in Michigan and it is quite good. You have to give a try no matter what!
jethrodium (357) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Devilís Den. Pours a dark black with a small light tan head the settles to a ring at the edges and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is molasses, dark chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla, a bit of roastiness, some light coffee, a bit of coconut, some light alcohol, and hints of raisin and cherry. Quite awesome. There is a lot going on here. The initial taste is sweet with dark chocolate. Then comes some molasses, licorice, and some bourbon and vanilla. There is also some light coconut, a bit of cherry, and some coffee roastiness. The finish has a mild bitterness with some roast and a bit of alcohol. Big, full, creamy mouthfeel that is quite nice. Medium-low carbonation. Amazing beer. Right up there with the best barrel aged stouts.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been offended for a long time that this beer has slipped through my grasp. Everyone raves about it, and it is good, but how much better than a decently treated Bourbon county is it? Not much.
Beer served on draft in a snifter. Beer is black with a lazy head of tan bubbles, some lacing, minimal carbonation, lots of lacing.
Aroma is sweet, bourbon, malt, not much else.
Beer is also sweet, smooth, creamy, decent, mouth-feel is the best thing about this beer, high in alcohol, sweet, good finish, a decent barrel aged whatever but donít knock yourself out looking for it like i did.
tastybeer (1607) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pour is deep black with a tan head, decent retention/lacing. Beautiful aroma: bourbon, vanilla, oak, coconut, chocolate, espresso, cream. Taste is similar to aroma: big espresso/bittersweet chocolate/vanilla flavor with extremely soft creamy mouthfeel. Full-bodied, creamy texture, soft, lightly bitterness finish. Really superlative palate and all around excellent imperial stout.
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Churchkey. Oily black pour with a small bubbly head. Nose holds amazing barrel vanilla and wood, cream, charred roast, bourbon-soaked cherries, dark and milk chocolate, and sweet mocha; just a stunning combination of aggressive tones of bourbon/roasted bitterness with silky sweetness. The flavor is absolutely mindblowing; huge creamy vanilla up front mixes with bourbon wood in the middle, then shifts to ashy roast with a brilliant roasty dry finish. The mouthfeel is super creamy and luscious, but with enough effervescence to aid that bitterness. The most impressive part about this beer is that you can taste the amazing contributions of the Double Cream, the bourbon barrel, and the Expedition all separately (and in that order, I would argue), but it is also incredibly integrated as its own entity. Absolutely divine.