blackflag321 (575) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bomber, snifter. Smooth and mild palate for a bourbon stout. I found that interesting, but I didn’t pick up the complexity described by others.
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 On the Sixth Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me . . . a beer that has been well hidden. What a solid barrel aged stout. Pours a thick luscious black with a tan foam head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and earthiness. Perhaps some vanilla and dark fruit underneath. Nice thick frothy, chocolate shake like start with a perfect hop hit and whiskey spice on the backend. Very enjoyable.
jbruner (3185) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin wisp of tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is roast with hints of chocolate and vanilla behind. Taste is more roast and soy backing up the great barrel notes. Bittersweet finish with nice thick mouth, lasting barrel notes, pretty darn good.
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy medium brown head. Aroma is light roasted malts, hint of vanilla. Flavor has a slight burnt roasted malts, extremely faint bourbon/vanilla character. Medium to heavy body with a lingering burnt roasted malts a light bourbon background. Decent imperial stout, but wish the bourbon barrel was a bit more up front.
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with tan head.
The aroma carries cocoa, vanilla, roast malts and a sweet fruitiness similar to chocolate covered cherries.
The flavor is well balanced between the sweetness and the roast. No hops here. The bourbon also isn’t pronounced enough to be picked out.
AndyW68 (1258) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Need to try again. Absolutely no head and no carbonation. It was stored properly from the day I bought it, so I hope this was just a bad example. The pour was near pure black. The aroma was more sweet and roasted chocolate malt than anything. The taste added some coffee and bourbon. A little carbonation would have been welcome. Even without, obviously a good beer.
Rasmus40 (14809) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter with warming alcohol. Oily. 121114
chrisv10 (13466) - DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with medium light brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, little vanilla and wood. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet, bourbon, vanilla, little liquorice and medium bitter.
Camons (8403) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Christers. Pours black with a fading tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, light dark fruit, raisin. Flavor is malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, raisin, alcohol. Medium to full body, average carbonation, light warming alcohol. 121114
bluejacket74 (1617) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle, cork says best by JUN 2015. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a quarter inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There’s also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some burnt/charred malt and dark bread noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit slick, but has very low carbonation. Overall I liked this, but maybe I’d like it better if it had some more carbonation. I’ll have to pick this up again in the future and see if it was just this bottle or batch that was this way. $9.99 a bottle.