brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Aroma is coffee, unsweetened chocolate and minor levels of bourbon. Appearance is midnight black, no visible through all the darkness, brown foam and some low amounts of lacing. Taste is big chocolate, ice cream, wood, and bourbon. Palate is big bodied, smooth, dessert style. Overall, a well-balanced, malt-driven and heavy beer. Good work and encouraging evidence of Central Waters’ capabilities.
Mittenator (460) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark and oily with a lighter head than expected. Big wood, vanilla and bourbon aroma. Similar flavors with a slightly tart and bitter finish.
Ataraxia (160) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, almost black, pour with thin beige lacing. Bourbon, charred wood, burnt sugar, hints of dark fruit and chocolate; overall, a bit muted. Some sweetness followed by traces of sour, possibly from the bourbon barrel corn mash. Smooth, full-bodied, a hair too much carbonation, and a decent bitter finish.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle from Ghostface. Pour is dark brown and lighter around the edges. Nice off white head that dissipates to a white collar. Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, molasses on the nose. Taste is nice bourbon upfront... Toasted malts, wood, tobacco, toffee, nuts, dark fruit.. Long malt/coffee finish. Moderate carbonation with medium-light mouthfeel. One of the finest, well bourbon barreled balanced stouts I've had.. Really nice.
beerbaaron (384) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Dark ruby brown. Small lasting tan head with some drippy lace. Aroma of bourbon first, then vanilla, wood, roasted malt, dark fruit. Flavor of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, dark fruit. Medium to Full creamy body. Sweet, then very smooth, some bitterness, creamy coffee-like finish.
wlajwl (2912) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dark fruit, malts, vinous and a hint of funk. The flavor is dark fruit, mildly nutty malts, slight tobacco notes and an acidic/tart fruit.
knickskicks (497) - - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. Dark brown, thin tan head. Nose is chocolate, peanuts, some wood, very light bourbon. Taste is chocolate, wet cardboard, roasted malts vanilla. Thin body. Lots of carbonation.
budznsudz (323) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been waiting a long time to try this one. Dark viscous pour, thin brown head that settles to a ring with sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate bars, marshmallow, and an oaky booziness. The taste is rich delicious chocolate with hints of peanut brittle and a nice touch of bourbon on the smooth finish. Nice velvety palate, nice carbonation. Worth the wait.
umich03jm (914) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with rayl101. Pours pitch black in color with a small head that fades normally. Nice aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is really nice, lots of caramel comes through to match the bourbon and vanilla. Finish is a tad rough with a moderate alcohol bite but not bad. Nice body for a bourbon beer. A solid bourbon imperial stout.
Aniela (1490) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Dark brown/black beer with an offwhite head. Malty, dark dried fruits, bourbon, kaffe, vanilla, chocolate aroma. Bourbon, dark dried fruits, roasted, malty, vanilla, chocltae, coffee flavour. Lovely :-)