Brewchacho4 (71) - Vancouver, WA, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Belmont Station. Served in a snifter. Color is black with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and vanilla. Flavor is odd.... but interesting. Not what I was expecting for an imperial stout. The bourbon hits right off the bat with subtle notes of chocolate, molasses, dark bitter cherries, pepper, and (as odd as it sounds) an acidic bile flavor. Itís not over-powering, but itís there, and it doesnít ruin the beer. It actually makes it interesting! Palate is syrupy and rich, and the aftertaste is a lingering spicy, bourbon flavor. Overall, not at all what I was expecting, but still very good!
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many, many thanks to Derek for the hook-up! Poured very deep brown with a little bit of dark tan head sticking around. The aroma was very much on the sweet side with vanilla, molasses, and bourbon leading.. some chocolate and coffee not far behind.. peppery alcohol notes and related warmth accented.. fairly spicy on the back of the nose, and very intriguing overall. The flavor found syrupy, warm black patent and chocolatey sugars at the core, with vanilla and bourbon doing more for accents.. oak and alcohol come on a little strong toward the back, but the peppery notes were very welcoming.. the flavors and barrel treatment worked well together. Heavier-bodied and a tad chewy at times on the palate.. for the most part the bourbon was tasty, but it was a touch green on the back.. all in all a very tasty brew!
neepsntatties (1020) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap last June. Colour... total darkness with a tan rim for a, "head". Nose... unsulphered molasses, booze and burnt brown sugar. Palate... a slap of booze to get things rolling then caramelized sugar, bittersweet chocolate, molasses cake, coffee, black tea, smoke, oak and a looooong coffee-like finish.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 Sample at the brewpub. This Stout pours black with a medium khaki head that recedes steadily. Spots of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of bourbon and vanilla mocha. Rich, smooth body with flavors of bourbon oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and malt. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and dark malt aftertaste. Good all around.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2012 Tap @ AnniBrew 2 Barrel Aged Beer Festival... Poured black with a light brown head. Smoked malts on the nose. Coffee flavors with a vanilla and alcohol content. Beefy and robust, like I should be smoking a cigar with this one. A little bit of hops and finished creamy with vanilla and malted chocolate.