Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at The Pony Bar UES, NYC. Pours clear, rich brown with a fine, light tan cream head. Nose holds lots of rich brown bread and milk chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary chocolate, light roast, very faint earth, brown sugar, light toffee, toasty malts and very light alcohol. Full bodied with average carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel. Very mellow warmth on the finish with lots of dark sugars, dark bread, milk chocolate, caramel, faint vanilla and mild bitter earth. Not bad.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong bourbon aroma which I love. I think it is lacking in body a little and the bourbon flavor hides the maltiness. Pours with a short-lived but beautiful head.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle - pours jet black with big, huge tan leather head, beautiful lacing, fully lasting. Light aromas of chocolate and malt, very slight. Taste is more alive, though, with wonderful dried fruits, chocolate, maple, vanilla, finishing with easy oaky bourbon flavors, log finish that keeps giving, touch of bittering dryness at the end. No hotness to speak of at 10%, smooth as silk palate, warming as it goes down. Really good.
Nickls (1881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Nice lasting creamy khaki head with curtainy lacing, nearly black but clearly mahogany body. Bourbon really overcomes most aspects at first in the aroma, some vanilla, savory soy notes as well...missing the stout in the aroma but not badly. Base beer comes in more for the flavor, bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toast, soy and and savory finish. No sweetness to be found. Medium to heavier soft body.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a lighter brown head. Pretty thin head to the beer. Smells of chocolate and some bourbon! Little bits of alcohol in the taste but not much at all. Nice chocolately finish with some caramel flavors mixed in. Pretty tasty beer.
Niko100 (2040) - Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, vanilla, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and some dark fruit; Nicely balanced; Overall, a little thin - but enjoyable.
jredmond (5555) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at pony bar with Linh. Pours a deep amber brown body with thin white lacing. Aroma is straight bourbon and booze. Mouthfeel is medium to light with notes of chocolate, bourbon and a nice warming booze in the finish. Great beer that’s definitely bourbon-dominated but has a nice, rich chocolate character show its face I the flavor
rlgk (11349) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Ginger Man, NYC. Very dark brown beer with a nice brownish head. Malty vanilla aroma, whisky, cream, figs, plums, smoked notes, peat, toffee, caramel, hoppy notes but most of all this is about pretty much anything you can ask for in the malty area. Malty vanilla flavor, whisky, cream, smoked, fogs, plums, well hidden alcohol, spicy hoppy notes, milky, grapes, pear, roasted, oak notes, some apricot. Malty vanilla and chocolate aroma, hay, pear, oak, whisky and some plum. Just plain wonderful!
craftbeerdesign (2193) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml C&C bottle purchased at Norm’s last July. sweet dark fruit nose with layers of oak, bourbon and vanilla... not overpowering but very supportive to the dark malts. pours black with a nice tan head. med to full body - very smooth with deep roasted malts with chocolate, coffee, raisin, plum, and dark cherry notes. lingering bourbon and vanilla coat the mouth. sweet dark fruit / roast / coffee / chocolate finish with some oak tannins and smooth vanilla. really nice barrel aged imp stout!
brigg (519) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, blank cork) Opaque black body with a medium, creamy brown head that diminishes to a persistent film. An even coat of lace on the glass. Roasted malt, caramel, whiskey nose with dark fruit. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, smooth texture. Flavor of whiskey, chocolate, raisin, vanilla, caramel, light coffee. Alcohol is noticeable but nicely balanced. Nicely sweet, full and round; the bourbon is strong but balanced.