RABinCO (1157) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml corked bottle from the Barrel House debut series. Pours black with a thick tan head that sticks around. It really looks beautiful in the glass. Aroma is big, sweet bourbon with a side of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, bread, and booze. Perfect amount of alcohol burn and leaves you feeling warm after one sip.
zizzybalubba (1387) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA (best by March 2013 on cork, 10% ABV). Pours dark brown with a foamy khaki head. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon mostly with notes of oak and coconut. The oak aging is nicely done and offers plenty of vanilla, oak, and coconut to a beer that itself brings plenty of chocolate and coffee to the party. There is certainly some heat with this one but at 10% I would expect there to be. Full bodied. This is barrel aging done right. Very nicely done.
HopTsing (410) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the tap came a very dark brew. Full bodied with aromas and flavors of coconut and roasty malt.
tia (858) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Very dark with thin mocha head and light lacing. Smells like bourbon, coffee grounds, chocolate- would like it to be a little more robust. Very set with a definite bourbon flavor. Round mouth feel, sweet finish.
Darwenus (534) - Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased in a one pint, 9.4 fluid ounce bottle. Pours black, nearly opaque, with a large, sudsy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, with a slight synthetic undercurrent going on there, too. The taste is more chocolate and coffee, and the oak bourbon aging is a pronounced element in the flavor. The 10% ABV isn’t a huge component of the flavor. That slightly synthetic quality I noticed in the aroma is there in the taste, too, which is a little off-putting, but not enough to ruin the beverage.
decaturstevo (4930) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with foamy head and lace. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a nice warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Braudog (5584) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, caged/corked. This pours with the look of a dark hollow, indeed. As dark as a beer can possibly be, I surmise. Firm but thin tan head of tight foam. The nose is a bit intimidating -- full of dark fruit and whiskey. It drinks with a bit easier tilt. There’s a decidedly bourbon-laden burn, but despite it is easy to quaff. Scary. Very well done, with subtlety and finesse. (#4544, 3/26/2012)
MadIndian (2343) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gift from SJ. This was a solid Imp. Stout.
I liked the earthy, roasted malt, whiskey chocolate and vanilla blend. The caramel malts, bread and even dark fruits appeared at the finish.
It was everything I love in a stout.
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared by DecaturStevo after RBWG 2012. Almost black pour with a huge brown head that sticks and laces a ton. Sweet marshmallow aroma with plenty of alcohol burn on the aroma. Sweet chocolate and sugary flavor with fudeg and marshmallow. Not too bad, but a bit sweet.
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours dark brown color with a huge off white head. The aroma has roasted malt, caramel, slightly acidic, doughy bread and bourbon notes. The flavor has a nice roasted malt base with bourbon, dark fruits and toasted yeasty bread. Medium bodied, pretty tasty.