madvike (2373) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Entering this rating from a tasting last year where 1414 and Fifteen were drank side-by-side semi-blind - Pours dark with a thin tan head. Nose is pungent sweet booze, warm but not sharp, chocolately malt and a bit of dark roast. Itís sweet though. Taste is the same. The barrel is warm but not too sharp, and itís pretty amped up sweetness. Molasses, chocolate, and just a hint of roastiness. Medium bodied and slick.
Lemke10 (619) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours a dark brown color with a slight head. Scent is strong with delicious bourbon. The taste is smooth and mellow with lots of good oaky, bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla. Overall very malty and rich with flavor that gives a much different flavor than Bourbon County Stout or Dragonís Milk.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, via trade. pours similar to the other CW stouts, a dark, hazy chestnut brown that sits black in the glass caped by a thin sheet of beige foam that leaves thick rings of lace. aroma is marvelous with huge notes of sweet, toasted barrel, maple syrup, cinnamon bread, cocoa, and vanilla with rich, smoky bourbon, toffee, dark fruits, and hints coffee as it opens up. flavor is spectacular as well lush bourbon, dark chocolate cake, toasted coconut, vanilla beans, and hints of ash mingling with roasted malts, caramel corn, black cherry, and french toast. palate is full bodied, despite this one appearing just a touch thin, with an epic finish of oak, cocoa, and smooth bourbon. overall, this is certainly the best effort from CW that Iíve tried. damn near world class. well done.
JK (4156) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG 2013. Big bourbon aroma. Heavily roasted malt and sugar with vanilla, which I assume is from the bourbon. I have little doubt I would like this better if it never went into the barrell.
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-22oz bottle-lt brown-brown. A-bourbon, wood, dk malt-roast. T-follows. Nice, smooth.
Experiment_Ale (375) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Zwanze Day 2013. Pours brown black. Aroma is big malt whiskey nice. Taste is awesome malt chocolate fig. Finish is long and savory. Mouthfeel is full.
Smurf2055 (1052) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep ruby good light tan head.
Smell huge sweet oak bourbon vanilla honey.
Taste huge sweet fudge vanilla, toffee caramel and roast, smooth ashy finish.
Smooth as balls.
rxeight (785) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this against CW14, roughly the same thing, bit more carbonation, but it really just is a basic bourbon stout. Biggest problem is the same with all CW beers, total lack of body. Thin.
mcberko (4773) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from mista (thanks a lot, Geoff), pours black with a small beige head - fairly thin body. Aroma brings out loads of bourbon barrels upfront, along with vanilla and wood - wonderful bourbony nose. Flavour brings out truckloads of bourbon and vanilla which dominate everything. I wonder what the base beer was like, as none of it comes through. Despite being bourbon barrel dominated, itís not over-burdening. Wonderful barrel aged impie.
Brigadier (2590) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the GTMW 2013
This was one of the only timed tastings that I made a point of making. Having missed last yearís edition I was not going to miss a chance to see what they could do with a Heaven Hill barrel. The result is excellent from start to finish. I would love a bottle if anyone has a spare.
Aroma / Appearance - A black smoky base is thick like a strong imperial stout could be. Flat with no head the base sits idly in the glass. Vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, and anise are all equal partners. The Heaven Hill contribution emerges but it does not overwhelm.
Flavor / Palate - A coffee driven imperial stout dominates from start to finish. Vanilla and other bourbon traces tickle the throat. The transition then moves towards a bitter warm finish. A fine beer is worthy of a 15th anniversary celebration.