phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2013 12 oz. bottle from markwise- big thanks, Mark! Pours a hazy dark brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving only small traces behind. Aroma of fresh coffee beans and chocolate, both of which are so beautiful and apparent right out of the bottle. Also notes of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch, and just a bit of hops on the nose. Flavor follows suit well, with notes of fresh coffee beans and chocolate initially, followed by those of the barrel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and then toffee, butterscotch, chocolate malts, oats, and earthy notes. Incredibly well-balanced, with the barrel giving this exactly what itís supposed to. Full-bodied, with a syrupy mouthfeel and sticky residue that coats the mouth and leaves such a perfect sweet and roasty lingering taste. This is an amazing beer, one of the best Iíve had in a long time and a perfect use of a barrel on an imperial stout. Iím not even a coffee drinker but if it was anything like this Iíd be an addict. Wow. RE-RATE: Upon trying the 2012 version, I have to downgrade this one quite a bit. The aroma didnít quite pop like before, as coffee outmuscled some of the barrel notes. The body was thinner, and the flavor showed less complexity. A lot of coffee in this one, to be sure, and if thatís your thing youíll like this. It just didnít have what I loved about it in previous vintages, and man, the body is really thin here. Re-Rate: The 2013 vintage is back. Much better.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with a nice creamy tan head.Wonderful aromas of chocolate,vanilla,roasted malts and coffee. Flavor is bold, bitter malt alcohol flavor that is right up in your face! It then mellows down to a nice roasted malt flavor that has chocolate undertones.The ending is way better than the start.Thanks BBL for the hook up!
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared by PittBeerGirl (BA)!
Translucent cherry mahogany with a thin white ring for a head. A balanced nose of fruit sweetness in cherry and plum and some bitterness due to the coffee. Flavor is similar, a bit more alcohol to combine with coffee and fruit elements, and additionally, an off-note of of smoked earthy sweetness. A bit thin and alcoholic in the finish, and though somewhat straightforward, the balance is appreciated.
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola with a medium sized beige-light brown head. Aroma of light bourbon, faint vanilla, malt and chocolate. Taste of light bourbon, faint vanilla, malt and chocolate.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Bobby at The Bruery
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice creamy head.
Aroma: Vanilla, bourbon and caramel.
Taste: Roast, bourbon, coffee and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and rather thin.
Overall: Flavorful, warming, and very enjoyable.
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2010 An all time favorite coffee stout. Hint of vanilla, big coffe and subtle chocolate All rounded out with a sweet bourbon undertone. One of those bourbon stouts that gets it just right by not going overkill on the bourbon. pours jet black and viscous. My fav from Central Waters.
JoeTheYounger (1160) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by some cool guy at The Bruery. Cant remember his RB name dang it. Poured a dark brown color with nice tan head. Aroma was very roasty with coffee notes and some definite bourbon barrel action. The bourbon was not overpowering in the taste. Had some oaty taste in it with some coffee and chocolate. I really enjoyed this brew.
Ratman197 (11100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of borbon, coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, oak, licorice and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and light licorice with a smooth dry lingering bourbon chocolate coffee finish.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by dak-billy (Iím not sure which) -- thanks!! Pours a watery coffee hue with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of green chiles, dark cocoa, roasted coffee, and date juice. Quite the combination. Dope.
BVery (7891) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Brown pour with a slight head. Pours a little thinner than I expected from an impy stout. Nose is bourbon and coffee. Slight bourbon on taste, but mostly roasted coffee and some oak. Delicious.