tia (848) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Smells like roasted coffee beans and bourbon. Dark. Smoked, boozy, decent hop finish. Maybe a little cocoa.
wedgie9 (1666) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2011
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted on 7/23/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade. Pours an opaque, nearly black, brown with a massive (I mean stupid big) light brown head that really doesn’t recede at all. As a matter of fact, after waiting ten minutes, I decided to scoop out a bunch of the head with a spoon just so I could finally drink it. The nose is dominated by tons of coffee, dark and milk chocolate, molasses, burnt toast, and the underlying vanilla and coconut oak aromas. The flavor is very roasted with some coffee, toast, and vanilla, along with a hot alcohol burn. The body is impossible to detect, due to the ridiculously high amount of carbonation, along with a long toasted and vanilla finish.
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - APR 3, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An excellent stout. Perfectly balanced the best stout on draft that I have tasted. Try it if you can.
BillKismet (3168) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stygian darkness fills the glass and is covered with a coffee-chocolate cream layer. This brew does not smack you in the face with bourbon, it is quite nuanced and interwoven with the roast and quite subdued in the aroma. The bourbon is decidedly more detectable in the flavor and melds well with the coffee roast flavor. Dy coffee bean burnt finish. More sophisticated that the typical bourbon-aged brew.
Norton (327) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Got completely hammered on this and had to sleep in the back of my truck. That said, I will revisit the brew again.
GT2 (7108) - Riverslime, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Presumably on tap at Fireflies Del Ray in Alexandria, VA. It poured a clear, deep cola red with a scant, tan, creamy head that left swathy lace by the grace of God. I’m rating this under the Jeffersons Reserve entry since I read that somewhere on the menu even though there is a normal BBC Bourbon Barrel Stout entry. Aroma here is pretty null- I would not be able to pick out any specific character from this beer partly because of the shitty pour handed to me and partly because the bourbon has probably not added anything to this beer, which is obviously very thin bodied given the SRM and high abv. Taste is watery, roasty, thin, cola, bitter. No bourbon. No body. Feels like 5% abv. I just cannot imagine how this could possibly be 8.5% without any significant hoppiness or sugary body to balance. Should taste like straight vodka if that was the true abv. Maybe bourbon barrel age a true 8.5% imperial stout and put it in the barrels for more than two months. You will get about zero character from only two months in the barrel. Some breweries will barrel age imperial stouts for a year or more. Light cardboard.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from a 12 oz bottle Thanks to Sefus12
pours jet black with a 1 finger head. tan in color. doesn’t sit long and left very little lacing. i don’t think this is going to be very thick or leave stickiness on my lips.
Hints of bourbon swirl through some roasted coffee, oakiness, and touches of powdered chocolate.
Lots of roasted coffee, little bits of malt punched with oak. I thought i would get more bourbon tastes but there is just a little. I think the flavors balanced, but really i could have used more of all of them.
Dry on the end, a touch of light creaminess in the front, but thin and light in the middle. not what i expect from an Imperial stout, reminded me more of a porter.
Easy to drink for an Imperial because its thin. The alcohol is well masked, i wouldn’t think this had 8.5% in it. but really for a Imperial stout it should be thick and creamy.
I think I would drink this with a steak/steak sandwich, beef roast, or meatloaf. I don’t think it would stand up to anything too heavy like prime rib or heavy smoky grilled/BBQ items. maybe a Jack Daniels glazed steak if you head that direction.
tomthompson89 (1843) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice bourbon nose, poured a black color with lasting beige head. flavr is vanilla and bourbon with nice malts. little light on the mouthfeel but really nicely balanced bourbon stout.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 2006 bottle, nose was very bourbony and vanilla, jsut have been a frist fill completely, the bourbon overtakes the nose completely. The stout however isn’t as overbearing, roasted, medium bodied stout, drinkable
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rustico. Seems to be on nearly year round there. Reviewed from notes.
Pours deep brown with a nice off white-tan head and bits of lacing here and there. Nose brings a pretty good amount of bourbon along with some oak, vanilla, dark roasted malt, and some mild sweetness. Taste brings a moderate amount of bourbon and oak along with some sweet, roasted malt in the background. Medium body with light carbonation and not too much booze; a nice mix. Drinks fairly well, but isn’t as smooth as I would like.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-16-2010