radagast83 (6329) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a pitch black with a tiny, tan head. Aroma was dark roasted malts, plenty of barrel notes here. Flavor was dark fruits, malts, barrel, and a lot of alcohol. Warming, which kind of stinks on the hottest day so far this year (101 degrees at Reagan Airport, just down the street).
mikem409 (1949) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. pours black with great khaki head. aroma of coco and bourbon taste is vanilla, oak and chocolate very nice beer!
RABinCO (1509) - 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 (1736) - Raleigh, 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 (506) - 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 (1475) - 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 (721) - 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 (5696) - 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 (6115) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (2702) - 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.