Angelmonster (135) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage aged almost 4 years
Pours a jet black, opaque body. Small 1/4 inch dark chocolate head. Lacing and head retention were average.
Smell is of milk chocolate and fresh baked brownies. Roasted caramel malt and hints of coffee come through also. Getting very little bourbon and for 11%, the alcohol is pretty light on the nose.
Taste is big on charred oak, burnt coffee, and smoked malt. Bourbon adds some depth to the beer as it warms. Hops aren’t present, alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Lots of layers of flavors going on.
Mouthfeel is good, Brooklyn does such a good job with their bottle conditioned beer, carbonation is spot on. Just wish that the head retention lasted longer than 5 minutes.
Overall this was a great beer thats been on my want list forever. One of the pioneers of bourbon aged stouts, just wish the bourbon was more apparent. A nice head would have also propelled this beer to top ten status but its still pretty enjoyable.
Underdogs88 (236) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wood and bourbon on the aroma. Appearance is a dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Bourbon and oak dominant the flavor with notes of chocolate and a smooth roast character. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good bourbon oak stout, but it's not worth it's price.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beermack (710) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bottle shared. Motor oil black pour, thin tan head. Big dark chocolate heavy roast nose, good oak, light vanilla. Taster is big dark roast, dark choc, dark coffee, and well integrated barrel notes. Good fruitiness, no vanilla overload. Well balanced, no booze sting. Medium/full body. Barrel and roasty chocolate linger. Expensive, but good.
ryecatcher (925) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a stouty blackish brown, massive coffee colored head with excellent retention. Nose is heavy barrel, dark roast, cocoa, licorice, coffee, woody. Mouth is medium bodied -- thinner than I’d expect in a stout to be sure -- relatively dry as well (I’m guessing the champagne yeast has a lot to do with that), a whole of the barrel kind of drowns out much everything else. A bit of soot detectable near the dry finish, along with some bitterness. Decent, but not my favorite BA stout by a long shot. Anyway, popped this open to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Who would’ve been 86 today. A true ’drum major for peace’.
nathan30533 (833) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Whiskey and smoke kind of takes beer over. Delightful, yet scary, and oh so enjoyable. But. It doesn’t exist. So shh.
kaser (3646) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle from a trade. Not sure what year it is. 2612A i believe is the batch on the back. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, whiskey, oak, and somewhat sweet. Big flavor. Whiskey pretty dominant, but smooth with vanilla, chocolate, and cocoa. Really good.
jandd1983 (2981) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts with some bread, coffee and chocolate. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bread.
PapaSkeetSkeet (995) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle of 2013 vintage. Black with glints of warm brown at the very edges, a few mm of fine espresso-colored head that lingers nicely. Aroma is butterscotch, vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, bit of maple, bourbon, leather, bit of cocoa powder. Body is only of moderate heaviness, oily, slightly gritty, medium-light fine carbonation with moderate arcing burn. Flavor is more of an untoasted, dry American Oak wood, Rye and pumpernickel breads, light notes of bourbon, rather dry for the style but still some light brown sugar, as from a semi-sweet scone, but not a caramel bomb. Dark fruity cacao, not too boozy. Light herb and sap hop flavor, bitterness that blends in. Overall, a very nice dry example of a bourbon-barrel imperial stout. Aroma and flavor components tend to be more bready here. Bourbon and vanilla isn’t over-the-top, nor is it subtle. Body is surprisingly and perhaps disappointingly light.
BeerdedDave (684) - - DEC 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
black color; strong bourbon aroma with oak and dark, roasted malt notes; roasted malt flavor with serious bourbon notes and hints of oak and vanilla; a delicious, complex, thoroughly enjoyable beer
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very delicious and satisfying. Creamy, coffee, chocolate. To be savored. Tons of flavor.