ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
crdunn (6) - - APR 23, 2015 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of bottle, side by side with coffee and chocolate dark hollow. Pours dark with a beige head. Some chocolate flavours with a touch of molasses.
charule (1471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to obguthr for FBW 15! Poured thick black thin head. Aroma oaky barrel vanilla. Light carb med thick bod. Light char bitter choc not alot of barrel in the taste.
Beerdedone (2870) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate and caramel. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
c1raider (58) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid beer, smooth, Carmel, chocolate, complex. Beer is sweet and pours with little head. A very nice beer but may not be the best choice for similar beers at this price point, however I would buy again
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt and wood. Medium mouth, similar flavors to aroma, nice barrel character, very good.
WillRunForBeer (1152) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL from ygtbsm94 in the locals for locals trade. Thanks, Brad! Best by Dec 2015 on the cork. Pours coca cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast. Flavor is molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. A touch of vanilla bourbon in the finish.
dexcansino (479) - AndalucŪa, SPAIN - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vamooooo me vuelvo loco. Bourbon style al primer buche. Picante y especiada. Cuerpo cremoso sedoso y ligero. Sabor complejo. Para compartir.
Alphadelic (1860) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best Before Dec í15 - Dark molasses caramel, vanilla and bourbon on the nose. A burst of bourbon is quickly overwhelmed my brown sugar, chocolate & roasty malts and a remarkable smooth finish. The barrel makes another appearance with a mild heat that rests on the tongue. I am very intrigued by the delicious toffee sweetness this beer posseses. There is a rough feeling it leaves on the tip of my tongue that detracts slightly from its delicious silky texture.
dnstone (2340) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a black in color with a tan head. Quite tastey, but lighter on the bourbon barrel qualities.
Notes: GABF í13
c_lee_burton (161) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a black with a bubbly tan head. Immediately smell coffee and bourbon. You get bourbon booze, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A little more boozy than smooth. Bubbly carbonation on the palate. Itís very good and would mellow with age.