craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 2010 bottle on 12/2/11. pours a dark brown out of the bottle and settles into a dark black with a 2+ finger tan head that settles down to a 1/4" ->. really nice levels of bourbon over the nose with vanilla, chocolate and oak. med to full body with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, oak and dark fruits. sweet, a bit of alcohol and very smooth. sweet finish with bourbon, lots of vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee notes. excellent beer!
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... this was one of my favorites at GABF this year... really nice BA Imperial Stout from a solid brewery. pitch black pour with a tan head... really nice bourbon nose... extremely smooth medium to thick body... bourbon throughout with a long presence on the finish. I need some bottles of this now!
zizzybalubba (1527) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF 2009. Pours black with a tan head. Raisin, prune, and chocolate aromas. Dark fruit, coffee, and baker’s chocolate flavors. Good but not great.
unclemattie (4285) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml Bottle. Bottle 125 of 1152.
Black/ dark brown pour. Dark brown head. Aroma of HUGE vanilla, wood, nice chocolate. Yum, Macciato. A hint of bourbon as it warms. Flavor is lots of creamy chocolate with a nice blend of bourbon. Some wood, and mellow vanilla. I love that sweet bourbon. Creamy and Heavy bodied. A+
malrubius (1902) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Black with ring head. Woody chocolate bourbon aroma. Woody chocolate dark fruit bourbon flavor. Clean woody finish. Excellent.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 296 of 1152. Pours motor oil black with a creamy tan head, nice lacing. Nice nose of bourbon and vanilla with some bittersweet chocolate notes as well. Flavor also held hefty amounts of bourbon and vanilla. Finishing with a some cocoa and a touch of booze.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose was heavy on chocolate, fair amount of oak, and slight dusty scents.
Poured black with a tiny tan head.
Taste was boozy, dark chocolate, smooth oak, bitter coffee, and bourbon.
decaturstevo (5264) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Sweet malt flavor, with chocoffee, candy sweetness, and a medium malt bitter finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Deep black beer with a thin tan head. The aroma is a bit sweet with a light soft vineous character. Light plummy/chewy character through the middle. A kiss of anise/licorice and some light hot booziness. There is a bit of cocoa and coffee with a lingering sweetness. Rich, fruity and fairly roasty on the back end. I like it.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a woody brownish black and a toffe- colored head. Aroma is bourbon, black licorice, anise seed, some tar, nutty dark chocolate, and earthy phenols. Black patent bitterness in the flavor- vanilla, burnt chocolate, bourbon, big alcoholic fusel character and a acetaldehyde green apple kick at the end. Meh.
nickd717 (3587) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a BeerAdvocate gathering. Very dark brown in color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and strong bourbon. Flavor is more of the same with Jim Beam really evident on the alcoholic finish. Smooth palate with a medium-full body.