kbutler1 (1346) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Shared graciously by Mothman. Roasted malt along with a slight bourbon note in the aroma. Very good head retention. The taste has notes of the roast malt, dark fruits, with a nice slight bitter coffee aftertaste. Pretty smooth. Really happy we didnít get a soured bottle as some have reported. The 1 thing holding this beer back is the mouthfeel for me. It just is a little light in my opinion but other than that this is a pretty good beer.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Non Infected Bottle shared by the uber generous Wavers1 at Dakís house of beer porn on the day of July 29 2010.
Pours a nice deep brownish black with a brown head. Aroma is vanilla oak, bourbon, chocolate.
Ther beer is creamy and smooth vanilla, oak, tannins, bourbon, chocolate, mouthfeel is slick chocolate and cream and the alcohol is very subdued.
This stuff is awesome, one of the best barrel aged stouts iíve ever had if not the best.
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks Matt. Open with a big hiss, and foam actually starts creeping out, which is weird for this style. Pour is black with a huge, spongy beige head. Nose is pretty much dark malts, some bourbon, and a really strong chocolate that borders on annoying. Slightly tart in the mouth, some dark sour cherries. Boozy and hot. Doesnít really work as an imperial stout because of the sour level, but actually not bad when looked at as a dark sour ale a-la Perseguidor 4, Black Cherry Bomb, or Sinners 09. Not quite as good as any of those though as the body is really overly thin. Not great, I donít see any reason to age these further.
Sean9689 (270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle shared by Alex (Masterski) and poured into CCB snifter.
A - Pours black, tan-colored head that large and frothy (uh-oh), some lacing along the sides of the glass and a nice cap remains.
S - Freshly baked chocolate brownies, milk/dark chocolate, dark fruits. Really a wonderful-smelling beer we have here. The chocolate notes were unlike anything Iíve had recently, in a good way.
T - This is where I encountered a problem. This beer is infected, no doubt about it. The first clue was the huge huge head and with these tart/sour notes, I can confirm this. So, tart/sour dark fruits, slight chocolate, but really, the tartness is overpowering the beer here. I wish I could have enjoyed this one more...
M - Medium, rich, smooth, oily finish.
D - I donít want another bottle, thatís for sure. I wish this wasnít infected, it had "Outstanding" written all over it until I tasted the infection. What a fín shame. Canít recommend.
HonusWagner (1232) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2010
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 My experience is similar to that of pantanap. Bottle purchased at Lost Abbey, the beer has a decent nose of wood, slight whiff of darker malt flavors. But the taste is wood up front and clear signs of infection on the back end. Has none of the richness you would want from a stout and was just simply not good. If you open your bottle now and itís been stored well, it might be a really good beer. Otherwise you shouldnít waste your time.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off.
had on draft at the release, super boozy and hot and kind of cluttered flavor profile. i prefer each component on its own, too much going on as is.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Churchills Finest Hour - 22oz bottle... Pours a medium to dark cola
caramel brown with a fluffy medium tan head that quickly dissipates
atleast in my pour... Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, a fair bit of
yeast, then turns a bit more on the fudge side with bourbon barrel
notes to coincide... Flavors, however, have changed for the worse with
sour infected notes but still has some of those chocolate notes.
Prickly carbonation and thin bodied overall. Aroma nice but flavors
unfortunataly are not.
daknole (8558) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow JW77 with a serious rare gem!!! Dark brown pour, brown head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, and prunes. Flavor has nice bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, black cherries. Amazing.
GT2 (7900) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2012 Gold waxed bomber at Lost Abbey. Poured a near black (really deep, clear ruby) with a massive, fizzy, red mocha head that had good retention but left giant poofs of dense lace. Aroma of whiskey, coconut, oak, vanilla, burnt cherries, chocolate truffle. Taste is whiskey, sour dark fruits, muted spicy alcohol, dark chocolate. Overall thin-bodied, relatively tart, easy to drink for 11%. People buying this for $120 on eBay just blows my mind. 7/3/2010 8/5/7/3/14=3.8
651mL copper wax 2012 ed thanks to Emily! Pours deep black. Medium, spritzy reddish head. Awesome savory, tawny bourbon nose: malted milk balls, rendered fat, smokey bacon, dried guajillo pepper. Wow. Taste is lighter than Serpents Stout, tangy, rich dark chocolate, butter, lactic semisweet chocolate, cocoa butter. Palate is not sticky sweet or even dense- very fluffy and light with mega cocoa butter. Awesome. One of the best barrel characters Iíve experienced. Classic. 11/8/2012 9/4/8/5/17=4.3
hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BottleÖ This beer rocks!Ö Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head that never quite goes away. The nose is a gorgeous swirl of nutty raw oak, bourbon and chocolate with undertones of port, tobacco and maple syrup. Full-bodied and velvety with lively carbonation. Flavor-wise, itís chocolaty and full of carbonaceous charred oak and tobacco with light acidity. Finishes acrid, burnt and moderately bitter. World class bottle of beer courtesy of giarcsr!