tagie99 (1) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The finest bourbon barrel stout I’ve ever tried. I’ve had many from all over the United States and this one ranks the best.
superspak (4669) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in fall 2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather/tobacco, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. A bit of booziness as it warms, but nothing significant. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, molasses, toffee, raisin, fig, date, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, coconut, light coffee/leather/tobacco, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and oak spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roasted bitterness/oak spice as well. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding BBA stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. This was very unique for a stout; as it seemed to have a lot of characteristics related to barleywines, but still remained roasty enough to feel like a stout. A highly enjoyable offering.
jgb9348 (5679) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 Vintage Bottle
Deep dark brown coloured body with a touch of brown colour that isn’t opaque at the edges, along with a very thin, just oily top of deep brown. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, oak, vanilla, raisins, cognac, whiskey and much more alcohol - super pungent. Medium-bodied; Ridiculously pungent bourbon and oak flavours with a lot of alcohol flavours along with some anise, cognac, roasted malt, light coffee and even a hint of the soy sauce. Aftertaste shows the nice complexities of the bourbon, with a ton of alcohol warmth throughout along with caramelised sugars and a dose of pit fruits. Overall, a good beer (tastes more of a porter) that’s been aged in fresh (or for a very long time) bourbon barrels; Great to try, and perhaps a bit more polished after long times, but this is still a tad harsh after a year of aging. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle (Vintage 2013), purchased from Good Beer in New York (East Village), New York on 25-April-2014 for US$5,49 sampled at home in Washington to celebrate both beer #5300 and the welcoming of the Blizzard of 2016 on 22-January-2016.
Vintage: 2013 // Purchased: 25-April-2014 // Sampled: 22-January-2016
PotjeBier (2718) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle (from De Bierkoning), 2014 edition, at home. Pours a black color. Light beige head, short retention. Aroma’s: bourbon, sweet, vanilla, wood/tannines. Retronasal it’s sweet, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, light alcohol, light roast. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, vanilla, chocolate. Body is medium, could have been a bit fuller. Long finish with cocoa, light roast, light bitterness. Overall really nice!
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 2014 vintage. Pours an opaque black body with a light brown head. The aroma is rather boozy and almost all bourbon—oak, vanilla, and coconut—with some sugars. The taste is similar, although there is some roasted malts, cocoa, and licorice. The aroma is much more intense than the taste, and unfortunately, the body is rather thin for an imperial stout.
Bonnie628 (50) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Y black with khaki head. Long lasting head, bourbon and coffee aroma. Coffee taste and some caramel. Very smooth especially considering bourbon barreled beers can be big alcohol distractions.
edbast (38) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. This is a good but unexceptional BA stout. The bourbon dominates. Very good beer and props to Central Waters for making an affordable no BS (wax cap, "special release", sky-high pricing) barrel aged beer.
fuzzcro (234) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very nearly a perfect barrel aged stout! I would pull out all stops and rate as high as I could go but for the thin viscosity...delicious in every other way.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Wow, the aroma of this beer is incredible with a complex barrel presence that’s perfectly integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Very nice bourbon presence with dry oak, vanilla, toasted coconut and marshmallow followed by roasted malt, silky chocolate and a dessert-like fudge cake quality. Very complex and although the bourbon barrel is the strongest component, the dark malts and stout notes aren’t overpowered at all. Smells incredible! I could see some folks wanting more bourbon in the nose but to me the aroma is nearly perfect.
Full bodied with a blast of bourbon heat that lingers over the other barrel notes and roasted malt into a slightly spicy, dry finish. A bit boozier and heavier on the bourbon flavors th an the nose suggests, but the barrel character remains complex and is nicely integrated into the base beer. Some dry, charred oak followed by a strong sweet and spicy bourbon presence that’s followed by a smooth vanilla bean flavor before the roasted and sweet malt notes come in. Not as sweet or dessert like as the nose hinted at but there’s still some subtle silky chocolate flavor countering the intense roast. The rost compliments the dry oak and spicy spirit with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and espresso bean. Slightly hot with some warmth in the finish but after the palate adjusts, the high ABV is relatively well masked. Definitely a sipper but the complexity and intense flavors make it a very enjoyable drink.
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this at the Valhalla Bar, 815 9th Avenue in New York on the 22nd September 2015. Keg, flight glass. Dull black in colour with a thin pale buff head. Malty on the nose with intense sweet dark chocolate notes coming through. Thin oily mouthfeel and non existent lacing. Dark malt complex gives a rich malty base with strong flavours of liquorice, dark chocolate, mocha coffee and vanilla all present in the mouth. There is just a hint of hop resins present which unlike the Lagunitas Imperial Stout, this does linger around much longer in the mouth, giving a dusty hop aftertaste. Strong malt finish with sweet dark chocolate, liquorice along with vanilla oak cask notes and a warming alcoholic burr at the end. A decent Imperial Stout but side by side tasting - I much prefer Lagunitas Imperial Stout to this one!