ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a nearly pitch black color that doesnít look particularly thick coming out of the bottle. The head is typical for the style, a one-finger khaki shade. Itís nice and creamy, but doesnít retain well (as expected). Slight hints of lacing are left on the glass.
S: Upon popping the cork, a HUGE aroma of chocolaty goodness emanates from the bottle. After itís actually poured, it turns into more of a typical barrel-aged stout. Thereís plenty of oak, roasted malts, butter, and vanilla here. This definitely seems bourbon-forward enough.
T: Dark chocolate opens up the flavors nicely. Thereís also something savory in between the chocolaty start and tannic finish. Iím venturing to say itís just a pure bourbon flavor, but it also has a quality of roasted nuts. All in all, it grows on me after a while, and I enjoy it a fair deal. Problem is, thereís not much (if any) complexity. Itís simplistic to a fault - which is fine for some A-class pilsner or AA-class IPA, but this is the major league of barrel-aged imperial stouts. You need to bring everything to the table, and this doesnít quite do that. On the positive side, the sweetness is nicely controlled; even BCBS, as fantastic as it is, comes across too sweetly at times.
M: Itís suitably creamy, so it meets the bare minimum for what the style should feel like in the mouth. The finish, too, is nice, managing to be both dry and long-lasting. On the other hand, itís also rather thinned out and clean - the latter must be why there isnít much depth. Still, I am pretty impressed how this has a decent bourbon flavor with little burn considering the sweetness is restrained and the body is slender.
O: 3.9 (or whatever the rAvg is) isnít a great score for a barrel-aged imperial stout, but going by my tendency to rate most everything half a point below the typical average, Iíd even wager this is slightly underrated. Iíd probably lambast this somewhat if it had the same level of hype as BCBS does. All I know is that A) itís better than the chocolate/coffee aged version, and B) with a few tweaks (more body, more complexity), it would be up there with the elites. Right now, though, itís still quite good.
HourGlass13 (596) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours up black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, and booze. Flavor is bourbon up front, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate. You taste and feel the booze in this one. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Nicely done!
freekyp (1910) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a small but lacy tab head. Bourbon is in the forefront, but lots of vanilla comes out. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Sweet with some cocoa powder and a good degree of bourbon. Strong and flavorful. Nice clean but rich fade. Well done for a bourbon beer.
Vaiz (4247) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour, thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Flavor is quite bitter, smooth, coffee and oak. Very well balanced.
esp0r (2719) - NORWAY - AUG 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Simonsen at Hvaler
Pours quite dark, thin tanned head. Smell of bourbon, vanilla, oak, cocoa, coffee and dark malts. Heavy sweet, booze, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark malts. Moderate bitter, earthy and boozy tail. Good stuff
Imaena (2177) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAR 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is a big ol beast of a stout with a lot going on in the background. Nice and roasted with good bourbon balance.
GenDV138 (5730) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5 oz pour on draft at Barrel & Bushel, Tysons Corner Center. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas mainly of big dark and milk chocolates. Tastes of big dark and milk chocolate, roast, light booze. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Better than I remember it being when I first had it a few years ago.
brownaler (532) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong bourbon aroma that carries strongly into the body a hint of coca in the malt.
fluffy (2339) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good middle of the road barrel aged stout, not outstanding but not bad either.
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wrlangin (138) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at Princeton reunions in 2014. Bok on recommendation of store clerk. Very little was expected however it was enjoyable. Well balanced.
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moderrnlifeiswar (28) - Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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