arminjewell (8632) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Greg! Dark black pour with no head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, hints of vanilla, dark fruit, this is awesome. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, coffee, nice dark fruit into a big vanilla, earth, finishing fairly sweet, earthy, bourbon forward.
HonkeyBra (3730) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the GTMW2013 pre-party, and several other times. Pours an oily black color with a tan head. Aroma of raisins, chocolate, bourbon, mild caramel and vanilla notes. Licorice, coffee, and roasted malts show up in the aroma too. Flavor is bourbon, booze, anise, coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of licorice as well. Mildly bitter, with strong booze and spirit influence, with a fair amount of sweetness from the base beer creeping through. Chewy and thick mouthfeel. Finishes sweet and boozy. Interesting variant on the odd beer that was 9000.
jackl (5806) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #3400. Bottle @ Bruce’s palatial pad. Cheers to whoever procured this. The pour’s deep brown with a small head. The nose is raisin chocolate cookies. Rocky road fudge. Nice, sweet, sludgy nose. The taste is similar. Super sweet burnt brown sugar and raisin. Fudge and caramel. A touch of vanilla and woody bourbon on the finish. Luckily the bourbon doesn’t dominate the beer. Hot but enjoyable. Full mouthfeel, fine carbonation. Quite good.
JK (4973) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Autumn Brew Review, 2013. Good, for a bourbon aged beer which compliments rather than overwhelms the flavor of this fine imperial stout. Some vanilla, heavily roasted grain and a thick, syrup-like palate. Very low carbonation.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW 2013. My favorite beer of the day for sure. Dark brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma is strong and rich with chocolate, dark roasted malts, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Taste is smooth and incredible with maple, oak, chocolate, bourbon, light coffee and roasted malts.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1/19/2010. 12 oz. bottle. One of the best stouts out there. Black with a beige head. Sweet aromas from oak and vanilla, but coffee, chocolate and roasted malt gives a near perfect balance. Definitely a winner.
Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap in Madison (WI)
Rating #2,500. A special tapping at Maduro’s pre-GTMW party drew me here soon after they opened. This was just what I hoped for and more. A great imperial stout is made better with barrel aging; the result is truly world class. Even at $10 a pint I would not have hesitated to order this.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base betrays the thick nature of this high ABV monster. The viscosity is more like fountain ink than fluid. Slick legs crawl down the sides like brown creeping ivy. The mocha colored head only adds to the mysterious feel. Vanilla, licorice, coffee, and malts are strong but there is considerable depth here. Dessert chocolate in the base paired well with the smoky ash hiding in the middle.
Flavor / Palate - Anise, baker’s chocolate, and cocoa nibs stick to every corner of the palate. A creamy mouthfeel is dense and almost like drinking melted chocolate. Smoke, malt, and vanilla transition to the bitter malty finish. Coffee and other flavors pop up at times making it hard to get to the bottom of the flavor profile. A fine beer is one of the favorite I have tried and one that I hope to sample again some day.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 Tap: Black-hole black with a small, slightly creamy, deep-tan film that rests softly on top. Aroma is huge and omnipotent; big bourbon, molasses, oak, caramel malt, bitter cocoa beans, faint vanilla, laced black licorice & anise... you can tell this beer is going to be very sweet. Just like the original Batch 9000, only with barrel-induced properties this time around. Taste is nearly as robust with deep, dark chocolate, sweet brown sugar, thick molasses, up-front bourbon, dry woodsy oak, nuts, prunes & figs, a touch of maple syrup, and a huge back-end anise sweetness. This beer is both quite boozy and largely sweet. A little too sweet. Very good beer, really, but the intense sweetness makes it hard to drink more than a few ounces at a time. Those few ounces are nice, though.
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On draft at Sidetrack. Oh. My. God. This pours black, with then slightest hint of red. Minimal head, no lace. The smell is heavy in licorice, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon. The taste is amazing. Very caramel and vanilla in the front end. Amazing complexity with the bourbon and caramel flavors. An inexplicably phenomenal beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Mac, 09/01/2013. Pours black, thin light tan head, fades to spotty haze on the surface, thinnest ring of lacing. Aroma is intense dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt caramel and coffee, moderate roast, spicy licorice, coconut, large bourbon finish. Taste is chocolate, toffee, raisin, licorice, subtle vanilla, strong bitter roast and coffee, hot bourbon. Thick body, chewy and boozy. Really nice and tasty, glad to have tried.