craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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 (623) - 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.
phaleslu (9426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Keir. Thanks, Keir! Said there was a 15 on the cork, but it may have been a "b" or a "#" that wasn’t drawn well before a 5, if the batch numbers above are to be believed. Pours a dark, amber-hued brown with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, nuts, toast, and booze. The flavor hits all the same notes with a little bit of dark fruit, caramel, and molasses- basically sweeter, where the nose was roastier. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, malty mouthfeel. Not bad but may have suffered by comparison on a night full of bourbon barrel stouts: Rare, Black Note, 09 Black Tuesday, 09 BA Speedway, and what have you.
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Keir with 15 on cap, thanks man! Pour is almost black with minimal light head. Aroma faint brown sugar, light molasses, faint roasted malt. Thin on palate. Very easy to drink with roasted malt, light roasted malt and light vanilla. Nice.
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with lasting tan head. Dark chocolate, dark roast, dry wood aromas. Sweet chocolate, coffee, dry wood, deep roast ash flavors--good
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Medium beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, vanilla, some Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla, some Bourbon, cocoa. Sticky medium-full body.
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted malty and light caramelish. Toasted malty and sweet caramelish. Smooth fruity and lingering fruity. Dark malty and roasted into the finish.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from backlog. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of dry baker’s chocolate, light oak, vanilla, bourbon and sweet chocolate. Medium roast. Medium body.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Rustico. Black pour with a small, light tan head. Nose and flavor marked by vanilla and bourbon, cherry, caramel, sweet chocolate ganache, and maybe the lightest touch of wood. Not much roast character to it, definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum for imperial stouts. Still, has some complexity to it, and I enjoyed this.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a dark brown with a large tan head. Scent is vanilla, bourbon, wood and dark chocolate. Taste is vanilla, chocolate and bourbon.