FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark amber-brown color that is approaching black, but not as close as one would expect from a typical Imperial Stout. The head is frothy, light brown color that quickly disappears from an initial one and a half finger thick head. The aroma is nice with notes of buttery oak and vanillin. The buttery note almost makes the aroma seem creamy in some way. The aroma is also a bit hot, with notes of higher alcohols, a bit of astringent oak and something like that bourbon form the barrel. There is also something here that seems a bit like musty scrambled eggs.
The beer is light up front, with a bit of richness that starts to come into play in the middle of the beer. The oak is definitely here, though not so much that it is too distracting. Buttery oak leads to a light tannic oak note that has a nice light, lingeringly astringent note that is a mix of bourbon and the barrel. This beer has a nice roast character to it that is noticeable, though perhaps not as much as I would like. Notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and chalky roast grain are noticeable underneath the oak character.
This is actually much better tasting than I would expect from this mix of flavors. The oak is just light enough that it is pleasant and not too intruding. All of the notes in this beer are on an incredibly subtle level, if only for an Imperial Stout. I think that it is the subtlety of this beer that makes it work. The flavors meld quite well, with none being so dominating as to drown out the other flavors or be objectionable in and of themselves.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to 1faststi...this beer is pretty damn good. Pours dark brown with some purple/amber hints...a bit of mocha head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla oak and whiskey, roasted malt, and a tad bit of dark plum sweetness. Flavor had a great balance between the coffee, dark fruit sweetness, and the alcohol taste from the bourbon barrel. Mouthfeel was about the only complaint...fairly moderately bodied for what could have be a rich creamy delight...kind of a let down. Still the flavor and aroma of this beer renew my faith in bourbon barrel aging.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown beer with a small tan head. Roasted malty aroma with a vanilla and chocolate sweetness, notes of wood and hints of alcohol and fruit. very complex flavor of roasted malts, chocolate sweetness, hints of wood and a light whisky note. Full body, sweet chocolate finish.
Papsoe (25076) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a dark mahogany with a warm, reddish hue and a small, beige head. Vinous, raisiny aroma with distinct oak. Medium body with accents of dried fruits, raisins and a LOT of oak. Dry and extremely delicate. 150306
joergen (22009) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear brown coloured with an off white head.
Roasted aroma with lots of oak and chocolate.
Roasted flavour of oak, chocolate and vanilla.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a brown head. Light roasted, Wood, vanilla aroma and a light sweet roasted, wood, vanilla taste. Medium to full body with a long wood, light alcoholic finish.
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color; thin head. The aroma, quite strong, has mature sweet vanilla and old wood, tobacco. The flavor is dominated by this bourbon vanilla cask, even if ends with more roasted malt and bitterness (and a hint of coffee); alcohol perception, burning. Good but too much monodimensional.
Sammy (9139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark with abundant initial head, bourbon malt and alcohol aroma, and some stout. Very smooth and refreshing with a regular meal. Some coffee, well malted, vanilla, chocolate, prominent and not overbearing bourbon. A lovely beer, courtesy of Captain Couger in Atlanta.
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Courtesy of Ughsmash. Poured opaque deep brown-black with a small vanishing tan head. Aroma is deeply roasty and deeply yeast-funky - there’s nut, chocolate, rye and barley graininess, mushroom, alcohol, even a bit of slightly sour milk ; with a huge overlay of bourbon - intriguing. Taste is heavy on the bourbon, the nutty roast malt is almost sour, but still nice, there’s appreciable hops here, and quite a bit of alcohol; this would be a lot nicer with less bourbon character and more malt body to it. Mouthfeel is thin, slightly sour, fairly still - I like it, but if this once was a 4+ brew, it isn’t any more; give us more body!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One time I had this, there was too much diacetyl, and the other time the body was watered down and overcarbed. So I cant see where the hype is for this beer. Pours a decent black color, nice tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, light rubber, phenols, chocolate malt, roasted barley and some bourbon. Flavor starts out with a bit of bourbon then gives way to the dark malts, dark fruits some tobacco and more diacetyl. Drier finish than expected, possibly due to a higher carbonation.