Brigadier (2915) - 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 (1658) - 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 (568) - 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 (1020) - 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.
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6th August 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Opaque dark brown - black beer. Short lived tan head. Palate is soft and viscous. Semi dry with fine carbonation. Rich dark chocolate and malt. Trace of coffee. Smooth bourbon. Light vanilla oak. Bourbon spice and mellow dark fruits. Smooth finish. Nice but could possibly do with a little morr time.
MotherBrother (692) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ GTMW 13.
Pour is very dark-brown, with a small tan head.
Aroma has plenty of coffee, bourbon and chocolate. Also some slight vanilla and licorice in here as well.
The taste is rather sweet upfront, with a nice amount of bitterness towards the end. Average bodied, with a slightly oily texture, and a semi-flat carbonation. Pretty delicious.
nimbleprop (4758) - 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 (3664) - 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 (2693) - 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.