wedgie9 (1990) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 5/2/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle at the West Lakeview Liquors Struise event, thanks to whoever brought this. Pours black with an average tan head that slowly recedes to an even layer of thin lace. The nose is primarily oaky with coconut, dill, vanilla, and cinnamon, along with underlying chocolate, and some coffee bitterness. The flavor is not as sweet as I expected, given the nose, with the oak flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, and coconut blending beautifully with the coffee, caramel, and chocolate malt with a hint of light bitterness. The body is full and sticky with light carbonation and a long oaky and lightly bitter coffee finish.
48FanInCali (725) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 2011 Poured from a 22 to cap off Beerfest 3.0. Nose is bourbon, vanilla and sweet chocolate. Taste follows the nose with a very smooth bourbon, vanilla, malty greatness. This one is special. Updated for 2012 release. Similar notes but sharper vanilla and bourbon notes. Even better than 2011.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big, big thanks to bmanning for sharing this at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice head and some pretty good lacing. The nose brings bourbon, oak, vanilla, a bit of char, brown sugar, chocolate, and some roasted malt. The taste is bourbon mixing wonderfully with some sweet notes, vanilla, and a bit of roast. Good feel with nice balance between alcohol, barrel flavors, and the base. No sourness detected in this bottle. Not sure if we were just lucky or it was because this had been refrigerated throughout its lifespan. Overall, taste is quite good and the nose was really nice. A really great beer that I was glad to try. Thanks, Ben.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-03-2010
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, silver waxed bomber, 2011 edition courtesy of hopmasterflex. thanks, kyle! pours beautifully into a lost abbey tulip a silky, black with a thick, creamy, dark beige head with great retention and sticky lace. aroma is wonderful with huge dark chocolate, toasted graham crackers, wood, and hints of espresso backed by light notes of tobacco, bourbon, dark fruits, and a touch of vanilla cake. flavor is delicious and bold with huge, spicy, woody bourbon layered atop fresh roasted espresso, chocolate fudge, tobacco leaves, and toffee with subtle touches of black cherry, currants, and earth on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied with dense carbonation and a long, roasted, warming finish. overall, a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout.
BMan1113VR (7864) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle at Churchills (silver wax). Pours with a black body and a long lasting brown head with good lace. Aromas are huge, bourbon, tobacco, ash, dark fruits, brown sugar, cotton candy, cola and splinters. Flavors are bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, creamer, long duration! Espresso, vanilla, rich, tobacco, vinous and barrel. Intense and young. Aggressive, tasty, delicious. Lively bubbles, alcohol warmth and a large amount of oak tannins.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Churchills. Dark brown to amber hue, thin ring of tan head settles on the sides. Thick wafts of vanilla and whiskey, thick sweet malts. Flavor is big vanilla and whiskey with hints of bubblegum and citrus, finishes sweet and boozy. Full body, thick and creamy texture, mild carbonation with a almost-too-hot alcohol presence. A very unique and flavorful barrel-aged stout, could benefit from some more aging to even out the heat but overall very tasty and in-your-face!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle hidden from ander provided by baker at dak’s on 7/29/10.
dark crude black thick pour with a dense light brown head.
roasty nose is full of bourbony goodness, wood, for reals butterscotch candies, chocolate, vanilla, coffee/nuttiness and all things delicious.
it tastes like pure awesomeness...9/5/9/5/19+
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2011 Pours a very dark brown with a small cream color head. Smells of oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and whiskey. Taste is oak, whiskey, and a fair amount of chocolate and malt. This was the best beer I have drank this year and I live it. So glad I was able to score a few bottles of it!
hamilton23 (608) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Vintage. Poured from a Silver Waxed 220z bottle on the day it was released. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla. Taste is sweet, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee and bourbon. This is pretty awesome stuff. No infection this year.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toasted malt, vanilla and ripe fruit. Flavor has nice bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, black cherries. Simply amazing!