mcberko (8281) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Bottle, pours black with a great tan head. Aroma of bourbon and oak upfront, with vanilla and chocolate notes, and maybe a hint of coffee. Flavour begins with bourbon, wood, roasted malt, black chocolate and coffee, and finishes with oak, vanilla and alcohol - with a great warming sensation. What a treat this was.
2nd rating (Aug. 24, 2012). A lot more carbonated, thin and very hot from the booze. Not as wonderful as I remember, so my rating will reflect a blend of the two.
BVery (7438) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 This is killer. Mild everything but it has everything. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Fantastic.
DocLock (8311) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CAH. Pours onyx w 1f off tan head and a good look. Nose is dark malt, cacao, dark fruit, prune. Tastes rich, with dark malt, fig, vinous fruit. Complex and very enjoyable.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: I could spend all day smelling the bourbon and roasted barley flavors. I found myself smelling it before I even took the first sip. Appearance: it has that dark oily drip with a smooth texture that I havenít seen since I first saw a Dark Lord poured into a glass. Taste: the alcoholic profile kind of overwhelms the complex dark malty chocolate vanilla tones with a nice helping of bourbon wood but Palate: nice creamy feel and Overall: a delicious beer overall which is a pleasure to drink. I miss it already.
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, blind IS tasting with Lawsonís Fayston, Fritz&Kens, homebrew and Black Xantus.
Appearance : Dark black, nice head with some lacing.
Aroma : Big dark chocolate notes. Some hops
Taste : Big chocolate, some alcohol and some barrel. Finish is roasty and a bit hot.
Overall : Wow this is good. Awesome chocolate profile. The hops are fading a bit as I drink my glass. Hops are quite in the background all along which I like. Felt a tiny bit hot but maybe its a bit young. Mind blowing IS. I have to revisit some day.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark black colour with a brown coloured head. strong sweet chocolate with a light alcohol aroma. So many layers flavours starts light almost watery then the alcohol hints then the chocolate and vanilla oak barrel finish.
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours an oily jet black with little tan head. Nose is booze, chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. Taste is heavy booze with long alcohol burn morphing into a light chocolate finish. Booze overpowers any complexity that might have been there. Hints of vanilla and coffee are distant. I drink almost all my beer at room temperature, but I had to put this one in the fridge to make it drinkable. Even then, the booze was overpowering and lingered in a long, unpleasant aftertaste. On top of all that, the mouth feel is thin and watery. I donít understand why this one is rated so high. Itís akin to drinking Wild Turkey with a chocolate bar dipped in it.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 12 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 12.24.09
Appearance: 5.0 Dark as night with a 2 finger dark brown cola head. Solid retention and lace.
Smell: 4.5 Loads of complexity here. Bourbon, fairly deep roasted malt, spicy champagne yeast, touch of hops. The bourbon is still quite pronounces and the yeast isnít as prevalent as the sampling I enjoyed in June.
Taste: 4.5 The bourbon has softened compared to my last sampling and the deep roasted malt yields little to no bitterness now. The champagne yeast isntí as lively now and has settled into a creamy quality.
Mouthfeel: 5.0 The carbonation isnít as pronounced as it was 6 months ago and this brew is now starting to get creamy.
Drinkability: 4.0 At 10.70% abv this one has legs but the carbonation isnít as prickly as it was and the flavors are really starting to meld!
2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 6 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 6.15.09.
Appearance: 4.5 Dark as night with a 2 finger dark brown cola head. Decent amount of head retention and some lacing.
Smell: 4.5 Loads of complexity here. Bourbon, roast malt, spicy champagne yeast, touch of hops.
Taste: 4.5 The Bourbon hits the lips first but soon gives way to dark dark dark roasted malt. The champagne yeast adds a nice spice note to stand up against the dark roasted malt.
Mouthfeel: 5.0 Fantastic combo of rich body meets overly carbonated lushness. Superb!
Drinkability: 3.5 Its dark, thick, strong, and bubbly so not something you can have too much of. Share the 750ml amongst 2-4 friends.
I have a dozen of these and plan on drinking one every 6 months. So far this 6 month old bottle was much better than the fresh bottle I had around Christmas.
Well done Mr. Oliver!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2009
olsvammel (3835) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black liquid with a small light brown head.
Very strong smell of coffee, chocolate, dark bred and pumpkin seeds,
Coffee, chocolate, smoke and whisky
Very thick body, fairly smooth and dry.
A very interesting beer to try. Itís a well balanced strong imperial stout with lots of chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, itís noticeable but not overpowering.
Itís been barrel aged which is noticeable, mostly in the taste. Lots of oak, smoky, whiskey and butter.
This beer works best on itís own, enjoy it after dinner or in front of the fire place. Great beer!
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
This elegant Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout juxtaposes bourbon, dark chocolate, raisins and green hop bitterness, creating a refined sipping experience rarely available in this brew category.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-This was the winner of a 5 Imperial Stout blind tasting.
-Alcohol heat is easily perceptible, which is not a surprise considering this was barrel-aged and it is 11% abv.
-The mouthfeel on this one is never heavy; the dextrins have been properly taken down to let the beerís complexity express itself.
-Menthol notes are tasted, probably due to the union of chosen hops and oak.