nimbleprop (3875) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz pour at Churchkey’s Bells event during DC Beer Week 2013. Pours a very oily, viscous, opaque black with one ring of beige head. Huge vanilla nose, tons of booze, licorice, malt, burnt sugar, chocolate cake. Flavor is very sweet, boozy, licorice, cake, malt, brown sugar, tons of booze, coconut, lots of vanilla. Sweet, boozy finish. Funny, because while I though the barrel helped the base beer. that messy base is still lurking. Too sweet.
imbibehour (1) - - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured on tap at Churchkey DC full pour, for dc beer week into a snifter.
Dark walnut brown body, fairly clear with some faint red accents. Head is light mocha brown, one finger presented settles to a good collar. No lacing.
On the nose its a huge vanilla bomb. Lots of thick cream, and extract like vanilla. Nice fruity ester undertones, akin to red berried fruit. Syrup and toffee notes but nothing too sugary with a hint of coffee. Large and impressive if a bit overly sweet.
Palate delivers the goods. Light oily toffee and vanilla, candy caramel stickiness. Matching fruit esters with strawberry and some raspberry on the finish. Slick and full coating. Light toffee accents with controlled boozy warmth on the finish without a sick rush. Sweetness is nicely controlled, while a bit big some of the charring and tannic quality cuts it out nicely.
Real nice impressive strong ale. Fruity, Coffee and cream vanilla, without a giant roast crunch, and impressive take on strong ale.
Ernesto987 (3027) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle shared at the HF bottle share, this is much better than the base beer, mostly because the barrel aging is fantastic and really takes over, great stuff!
madvike (2383) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Maduro’s pre-GTMW party - Pours black with a tan head. Sweet as hell on the nose, just like the non-BA version, with molasses, soy, vanilla, and bourbon barrel notes. Taste is smooth and warm, with dark malt, molasses, brown sugar, wood, bourbon--very smooth. Thick and slick, with little carbonation. I don’t like the base beer, and though the barrel helps it, it’s still not all that good.
cbfobes (1942) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Maduro, made the trip downtown just for this one and I wasn’t disappointed one bit, pours pitch black with a thick brown head and lacing that went through out the entire glass, the aroma is full of fudge, chocolate and bourbon with oak vanilla note as well, the flavor was huge with tons of molasses mixed in with some chocolate and bourbon touches in the finish, the abv was massive, but you barely could even tell it was over 10%, you felt it though, especially have 2 of these in only about 30 minutes.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Maduro, pre-GTMW party. 11:20 or so in the morning! Black body with stained glass red edges. Foamy beige head. Surprisingly mellow aroma, some raisiny chocolate. Chewy licorice, tobacco, wood. Drinkable, especially for the ABV. Tastes thinner than the original. Still pretty massive of course, rich molasses, bourbon caramel tones. Nice.
Theydon_Bois (5320) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jack’s Farewell Tasting, big thanks to Kenny for this one, 06/08/13.
Mid black with a good sized tan head.
Nose is earthy, bitter chocolate, booze, roast malt, woody.
Taste comprises brown sugars, dark chocolate, dirt, earth, bourbon drenched oak.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, dry bitter roast in the climax.
Solid impy affair.
Scopey (4619) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Ken at Jack’s farewell bash. It pours darkest opaque brown with no head... The nose is wood, caramel, vanilla, coconut, tablet, fudge, bourbon and earth. The taste is wood, earth, vanilla, cocoa, oily, coconut, fudge, decent bitterness, mild acidity, plum, date, alcohol warmth and bourbon. Full body, moderate carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. Flavoursome and well-balanced. Good stuff.
adamjackson (1752) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice to try this one. Healthy sample at a tasting. Looks like chocolate rain, not oily or thick, almost thin and dark black with ruby tones. no head. Nose was explosive. Best balance of bourbon and beer I’ve ever had. tons of sweetness. Taste is out of this world. lovely vanilla, mocha and malt to sweetness aspect that’s very balanced I wasn’t a fan of 9000 but BA 9000 is otherworldly
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Poured black with a spotty tan head. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon, vanilla, and licorice with spicy peppery notes. The flavor found lots of tasty bourbon, licorice, chocolate, and coffee.. spicier through the warm finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation.. excellent balance.. awesome stuff.