popway (167) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour is medium body ink black w light autumn leaf brown head
Campfire oak and hickory aromas w bourbon underneath
Well rounded smooth palate.
Taste is right on w lightly sweet bourbon in fulfilling mellow tones
Enjoyed in a snifter
commonmac (1061) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Butcher and the Boar with commonshawn. Tulip 12 oz pour. Dark brown into black color. Minimal tan head. Aroma is definitely boozy with nice after dinner chocolate presence and prune. Taste has chocolate and coffee qualities with the ever present bourbon alcohol riding along. More bitterness than anticipated. Rich, complex stout that carries the bourbon barrel family crest proudly. Gets better as it warms. Not sure you need more than one but that one you have is super tasty. Good effort.
DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2010) @ benzai. Dark brown with a small to ff-white head. Smells bourbon, almond, sweet, vanilla, roastu, chocolate. Tastes almond, sweet, vanilla, bourbon. Very nice. Full body, soft carbo.
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with semi-creamy mocha colored head and lacing. One of the best bourbon barrel stouts I’ve ever smelled. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, bourbon and coffee are all there and all very good in the flavor. This is a very good beer.
glennmastrange (2681) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread, toasted, dark chocolate and strong coffee, light to moderate resin for the hops, moderate earth for the yeast, with prune, nutmeg, vanilla, cola, postum and bourbon. Head is small, creamy/frothy, light brown, with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy to syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a moderate alcoholic and sticky finish. Complex, if sweeter flavors and a rich feel make this a Imperial Stout to go back to anytime.
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Jack The Sipper leaves for the FBI again tasting, thanks to Manny G, 14/07/15.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with a moderately appointed beige covering.
Nose is rich roast, spice, chocolate, tar, fruit rinds, booze waft.
Taste comprises rich fruit peel, toffee, light spice, tar, wooden notes, dark maltings, chocolate.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, drying close.
Solid BA impy.
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during Jack’s leaving drinks in London. Thanks to Padraig for this one. Pours clear, deep brown with a foamy tan head. The nose holds burnt grains, wheat, cereal and chocolate. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, with cheap-tasting chocolate, faint earthy bitterness, burnt grain, berries. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with notes of milk chocolate and further charred grains. Good one.
mstrcrwly (999) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2016 bottle poured into a snifter..black with a thin tan head..aroma of booze,coffee,dark fruits..tastes of bourbon,coffee,licorice..not too boozy..good
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Padraig. It pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. The nose is soft, juicy, vanilla, toasted coconut, dried fruits, Eccles cake, toasted brown sugars and nougat. The taste is rich, hard roast, mild acidity, decent hit of bourbon, salted liquorice, some boozy boost, vanilla and earthy coffee with a dry finish. Medium - full body and average carbonation. Doesn’t wow me, but it is a decent BA imperial stout nonetheless.
The_Osprey (6596) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Padraig. Black, small tan head. Aroma is vanilla, biscuits, toffee, chocolate syrup, a little astringent. Body is medium, light carbonation, smooth. Taste is smooth with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, a little wood in the finish. Alcohol not showing up much. Nice.