Serve in Snifter


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 694   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
The "Brewer’s Reserve" label is used only for limited edition beers. No time or expense was spared to create these beers! This is a good expression of our passion for brewing -- Cheers!

cakanator's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2012
12oz bottle, it is non-vintaged, but I’ve had it since 09. Pours out a nice rich black color, great coffee color head. Aromas are a bit one-sided but rich bourbon, mocha, vanilla. Everything is great until the palate. I’m not sure if this was just a bad bottle, or maybe this shouldn’t have gone this long, but it has had proper storage. Palate from entry to finish is sherrified, vinegar, and it literally stings across the palate. Bourbon is stretched thin across the palate. I really want to re-rate this fresh.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1511) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2015
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (120) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2015
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (762) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5109) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2015
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1670) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15381) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (784) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2015
bottle poured into a snifter..black with a thin tan head..aroma of booze,coffee,dark fruits..tastes of bourbon,coffee,licorice..bit of a boozy aftertaste..not bad.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 70

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50