dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml cork and caged bottle. Poured a good looking deep dark blackish full foamy deep beige head. Aroma is very nice, vanilla, chocolate pudding, bourbon barrel, earthy, marshmellow. Palate starts off a bit thin but with warmth it bolsters up a bit, average to stronger carbonation, a bit of a dry slightly hot finish. Flavor comes off with some burnt toast and light bourbon to start followed by vanilla and marshmellow along with earth and saw dust. Good beer just wish the body was a bit thicker.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with a nice tan head. Pleaant aroma, bourbon, sweet dark malt. Flavour is bourbon forward, a bit boozy, sweet dark core, light bitterness, lingering bourbony vanilla character. Very smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty nice, pretty big, Faint hintsof bourbon that does not over power like other barrel aged beers
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a not-so-thick black thatís brown around the edges. A fizzy khaki colored head dies down quickly to a thin covering. Smells of sweet fruits initially remind me more of wine barrel than bourbon influence. Spicy, somewhat phenolic notes underneath remind me of cinnamon red hots, black cherry soda, faux leather, a bit of new shoes and some garden center (fertilizer). The flavor is equally odd. Bland sugary flavors hint at dark fruit, but never really differentiates. I do get some of the charred bourbon barrel flavor on the finish. The thin appearance on the pour also translates in the mouthfeel, coming off thin and fizzy, almost soda-like.
MadRobin (2341) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC.
Opaque, brown-black with a small khaki head and good lacing.
Aroma of molasses, bourbon, roasted malt and dark fruit.
Taste of dark fruit, roasted malt, bourbon and molasses.
Medium/full body and medium/low carbonation.
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keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best before June 2014.
Appearance: Opaque black body with a thin tan/brown head. Looks like an imperial stout should.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit restrained but comes off fruity (cherries?) with hints of milk chocolate and bourbon. I wish this were stronger.
Taste: There is certainly a fruity presence to this that reminds me of cherries on the intro. The mid-taste is rather bland, slight creamer flavor with a hint of the overlying fruitiness that leads to a mellow finish with muted flavors of chocolate and bourbon. While this isnít excellent, I wish the flavors were more pronounced, I am rather happy with how balanced this is and lacking in alcohol flavors despite being 10% and aged in bourbon barrels. So thatís a plus.
Palate: Thick and creamy.
Overall: I love the subtlety of this and maybe itís what I needed without knowing. Iím so used to intense barrel aged beers either heavily skewed towards the barrel notes or the base beer that I have a hard time adjusting to this. I really like this beer and feel it is well worth anyoneís time and money to buy one.
AdamChandler (3521) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Batch 14 at cellar temp in a tulip. Poured mocha black with a 2 finger coffee colored head. Okay lacing. Smell is dominated by chocolate followed by espresso beans and vanilla. Itís a nice roasted character. yeah, lots of chocolate, hints of lactose and sweet bitter finish. No fruits, a lot of oak actually in the middle. Solid brew.
Update, had batch 15 of this on August 30th, 2014. this batch was pretty much infected. tasted like welchís grape juice and red wine vinegar.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a lasting creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and bourbon. Taste has notes of coconut, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Nice soft mouth feel that coats the tongue and finishes short and crisp.
maekchu (2686) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. some chocolate, a bit of coconut, and plenty of whiskey in the nose. Dark translucent brown. Chocolate and barrel initial / some metal and more chocolate in mid / final is moderately bitter. Thin-medium body. An imperial stout? Okay. But a bit thin. Lots of good coffee and whiskey. Not a great one.
KyotoLefty (7452) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy black with lace. Nose of bourbon barrel, vanilla, alcohol. Big bourbon and vanilla flavors, oak, chocolate. Nice, not really refined.
IrsLuver (29) - Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black in color with a tiny and quick dissipating tan head. Smells of bourbon, malt and wood. Tastes as it smells but the bourbon taste is less potent than it smells. Kinda thin on the tounge and alcohol isnít immediately noticed but you feel it a min or so after you swallow it. Very decent beer but nothing extraordinary.