Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a clear brown with a reddish hue and a huge, rough shaving foam style head leaving laces. Distinct Bretty nose blending in with some Bourbon notes. Medium body, some hard roasted malts, licorice and a berry-like tartness. Subtle Bourbon accents and a lacto tartness. A little astringency in the finish. Clearly this was infected and I seriously doubt that it was intended, but it works little wonders. Nice one. 211009
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at the Brass City Brew Fest from the secret bottle tucked away behind all of the regular stuff. Glad I got to try this one. See, taking notes in public does have itís rewards. Pours a deep dark black with a thick tan head. Oily and viscous. Bourbon, roast, apple, wood, vanilla. Smells lovely. A little bit tangy and full of roast. Finishes up with a long slow roast bitterness. Really well done.
Pailhead (4237) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of coffee and chocolate along with some sour notes that come across like a Flemish Sour. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a moderate beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and moderate cherry sourness. The finish has some light coffee and a hint of vanilla. It appears that it may be infected but it seems to work. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Tar black ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Tanginess along with chocolate and espresso really stand out in the aroma. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. The flavor is mostly sweet and chocolaty, but offers a touch of acidity as well. Finishes crisp, moderately sweet and mildly tangy. Bottle courtesy of growler!
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brewed in the USA...... Dogs days of Summer !! Courtesy of Nicole & Mike, thanks again. Pours a very dark brown in color with a thin tan head. Aroma of wine, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts. Taste of bourbon, grapes, bitter chocolate and wood. Mouthfeel was very lite, yet smooth and easy to drink. Very interesting, and the bottle was kind of cool.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle huge thanks to Growler for this one. Pours a near black with a small tanish head. Nose is roasted chocolate malt, caramel and smooth bourbon. Flavor up front is lightly roasty with bourbon and chocolate notes. A little caramel. Finishes with an awesome and probably not intentional sour berry tartness. Not sour but this tart note adds an unexpected and amazing complexity. This is not unlike the "infected" batch of Speedway Stout. I actually think this is better. Impressive body for the lower ABV and just a great mix of flavors. Really impressive.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I should wear a shirt that says ďIf you brew it; I will drink it...though I may not like it.Ē Beer equality without bias.
She sucked the life and light out of my glass, replacing it with clean brown-black brackish depths the likes of which are rather unique. Very little head to speak of, though a bit of lace crackles after a few teasing swirls. Maybe I should have let the sleeping beast lie because after I swirled my glass a few times, a watershed bursts in some bourbon distillery somewhere and a river of bourbon descends upon me. I canít think of too many better ways to bid farewell to this cruel world, so I put up nary a protest as I drown all my senses in the orgasmic indulgence of luscious bourbon notes. Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Bourbon soaked oak, rich vanilla esters, and dry oaky tannins which lead into dry, dark spices. A crisp crunch of caramelized sugars is all that bespeaks of a gentler, sweeter side. I havenít even supped of my Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and I am already riding a bourbon loverís high. For an imperial stout though, there are only very faint esters of dry, cacao beans of the blackest variety and burnt coffee beans. As I go under once more, I draw deep of my surrounding depths and savor the onslaught of flavors. A bit weaker in body and force then I initially expected, but that is all a ploy to lull me into comfort as her bourbon builds warmth and spice that lingers long after each quaff. Spice and wood esters pepper my breath while more bourbon flows freely amidst pockets of licorice and vanilla root, dark and sweet pitted fruits, warm gooey raisin bread, and yet more oak and bourbon. Before I break free for air, I savor one last time the warmth, the spice, the dry oak and bourbon vanillinís, tannins, and crunchy sugars which I love so much.
Was the Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout to style? Maybe not; some could validly argue that there was too much bourbon and not enough balance between its namesake style as an imperial stout and its bourbon barrel maturation. That being said, phooey. I love bourbon, and as long as the beer tastes good, the more bourbon the better. A wee bit more chocolate with coffee esters would have bumped her up but one more notch on the high ladder she already sits on. But then again, Iím not sure if I would be able to survive that divine of an existential experience.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Basically opaque with a nice frothy tan head and good lace. The aroma has notes of bourbon, oak , creepy funky creatures. Yep, there is a sour cherry and lacto component here. Some sweet caramel and chocolate malts, coffee and burnt sugars. The taste follows suit, twangy, soured, and oaky with a chocolate and coffee background. Actually the Mocho Coffee finish fights face to face with the sourness adding a excellent complex finish. The mouth feel is lively and sharp with a dry finish. If this brew was labeled "Jolly Pumpkin nor Russian River", people would have no issues with the funky sourness found after some aging, I happen to think this is a mistake gone wonderfully right, Yep, a Sour Imperial Stout Ale, dig it baby.
malrubius (1512) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeterís Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! I brought this one. Black with soft dense ring. Rich dark fruit mild roast aroma. Vanilla wood bourbon chocolate flavors. Soft mouthfeel. Pretty good.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
PPRBSG09 Dark brown almost black pour with bubbly tan head and lace. Aroma of chocolate and abv. Abv and light chocolate maltiness on the flavor. Just a tad thin but a solid beer.