ygtbsm94 (12) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the tap at EBF 09! I must have drunk 10 samples of this stuff during the two day event. Poured an opaque black while cascading into a fine frothy head; perfect! The aroma was incredible if youíre a BB lover. Sweet vanilla, chocolate, oak, and of course, bourbon notes abound; could inhale this all night. The taste was superb; roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, and oak blend so well with the bourbon that it just melts in the mouth. Very smooth and creamy with a very slight hint of ABV; which is scary! One of the best well balanced BB stouts that I have tasted. Too bad this isnít bottled!!
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer #4 of 13 in blind tasting.
2012 bottle, more than 2 years old This was the second beer in what was supposed to be an unadulterated imperial stout tasting. I have had this a few times and I never liked it. Fortunately, blinded I still did not like it. Poured headless and thinnest of the beers available. I thought this was oxidized, got lots of woody notes, and rather acidic. In hindsight, seems like I was pretty on without picking up bourbon.
Despite me having this as one of my worst beers, everyone else enjoyed it. For the aggregate it scored highest and strongly above average (0.55 standard deviation above). HOWEVER, usually a BA beer scores high in no BA imperial stout tastings. I donít give these aggregate results much credence.
lightbias (210) - USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazing experience shared with a friend. Thank you, friend. A creamy, ruby accented black pour, the foam minimal and chocolaty, rising anew with a twist of the fingers on the stem of the glass. The mesmerizing aroma is dark roast enveloped in deep, dark fruit; a rich, heady, woody accent with the essence of bourbon. This brew is so smooth that the flavors are a single experience, rather than a combination that you can peel apart without a thought. The palate is perfection for the body, not leaving you feeling flat, but miles away from buzzy. The last sip is as phenomenal as the first, and I could have, if given enough time (and beer), sipped and inhaled all night. One of the most head-spinning Imperial Stouts Iíve had the pleasure to experience. Extraordinarily sexy, this one...
bursprak (900) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from a trade a while back, í12 vintage. Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Nose has bourbon, chocolate and some soy sauce. Taste is pretty bourbon forwarded, lots of chocolate and vanilla with some light tar notes. Super smooth stuff!
sunnrider (18) - San Sebastian, SPAIN - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty beer, lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee flavour.
Not sure if I could notice the bourbon effect but willing to retry...
aleigator (337) - GERMANY - JAN 30, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous, black color, with a decent mohagony, bubbly head. It leaves back a thick, still bubbly lacing at the edge of the glass.
The nose reveals an astonishing balance between molasses, toffee, coconut, prunes and sweet milk chocolate on the one hand, and wooden, accentuating, slightly hot barrel qualities. The barrel is easily noteable on itself, while it hits the spot by supporting the malty aromas as well, in an outstanding, intriguing way.
Tastes earthier than the aromas revealed, with toasted, bready malts, accompanied by bakers chocolate and a decent amount of whipped cream. That creamy foundation then gets extended by cane sugar, big time toffee and molasses, which blend very well into the burning, wooden alcohol. Boozy Bourbon gets replaced by big chunks of wood, very chewy, with matured coffee beans, creating a pleasant balance, preventing this successfully from becoming too sweet and boozy.
The warmer the beer gets, the more present turns the Bourbon. It provides coconut and a hint of vanilla during the opening, while it becomes quite dominant, as the sweet malt qualities hit the tastebuds. Finishes with ash, scorched malts, slightly dry, while it remains its smooth, chocolate defined mouthfeel.
John25 (790) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with thin mocha head. Basically perfect. Light subtle barrel with maple syrup notes. Rich but smooth. What they all want to be. Love it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
conway (1775) - - JAN 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark cola with reddish tints on the edges and no head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, butter and syrup. Taste adds tons of roasted malt, burnt sugar and toffee. Booze is present but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not insubstantial. Wonderful.
dnstone (2269) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon vanilla, coconut, and wood aromas. Sticky sweet aroma. Lighter in body; tastey chocolate roasty character with vanilla, coconut, and wood over-tones. Black in color with tan head.
Notes: GABF í13
ElManana (647) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to mashmaster, thank you sir! Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, syrup, faint coffee, awesome! Oh my word. Lots of bitter chocolate, sweet bourbon and espresso flavours make for one heck of a beer.
johnnnniee (2558) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 Bottle from BlowOffTube, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid black color with a quickly fleeting head. Chocolate, roast, molasses, vanilla, wood, light dark fruit, thereís lots going on here and its all good. Rich sweet silky creamy thick body with light carbonation. Damn thatís good, wish I had more!