BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Brewery: Pitch black with a brown head. The nose is sharp with roast, ample licorice and astringency. The flavor is chewy and more balanced; huge body with dary chocolate and light vanilla/bourbon notes. Like a cafe cubano, the sweetness tries to comprehentd the strong coffee. The bourbon notes balance with their sublety, just the referee to the game, keep things in line. Great imperial stout, more roasty than I like, but damn tasty.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate and pepper. The flavor is strong oak, chocolate and pepper, with the pepper being a little overpowering and giving a light burning sensation in the mouth. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.
Scopey (5291) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. It pours jet black, with a thin dark tan head. The nose is sweet vanilla, coconut, chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon and wood. The taste is roasted malt, toasted coconut, chocolate, rich-roast coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, warming alcohol and toffee. Full body, fine carbonation and luxurious mouth-feel. Well balanced, smooth and tasty.
BoBoChamp (5014) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl, Bottled on 08/2011 (green wax), no mention of ABV, exclusive American brew, with cinnamon and chili peppers, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly spicy/sour/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, small head, top class!, yet very expensive!
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 On tap at the CCB Hunahpu’s release.
A: Poured a dark, deep black with a deep tan head and some decent lacing for a beer of this magnitude.
S: Bourbon comes through in the initial nose, and serves wonderfully to complement the spicier notes in the original from the cinnamon and chili peppers. Beautiful all around.
T: Very, very enjoyable. Not a perfect 5.0, as while the bourbon does go quite well with all of the flavors in the original version, I though it masked some of the finer touches in the original version. Maybe it was just the bourbon, or maybe the additional heat from the barrel-aging, but I didn’t find it quite as outstanding as the original.
M: Very full bodied and creamy with only a little bit of heat, which went well with what this was going after.
D: Again, superb. Slightly different from the brandy and the regular, but they all packed something a bit different, and each one was in the top echelon of stouts that I’ve had. Marvelous job by Joey, Wayne, and the rest of the CCB crew.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-14-2010
mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pitch black with a thick espresso head. bourbon, vanilla, peppers, roasted malts, coffee, ash, and fudge on the nose. very thick on the palate, thick notes of coffee, vanilla, bourbon, pepper, and a thick bourbon finish.
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, at brewery, RBWG 2010. Pours a thick pitch black body, rather inky looking, with a large very dark brown head. Huge vanilla and bourbon nose, a little alcohol but not especially boozy. Some light chilies and chocolate peeking thru the barrel treatment, but the nose is much more barrel-centric than anything. The flavor has a bit too much bourbon for me, it covers up a bit too much of the chili pepper, which is my favorite aspect of the beer. Rich vanilla and heavy roast with some sweet chocolate notes. Very rich and intense flavor. Mouthfeel is full and oily with moderate fizzy carbonation. A little sticky on the finish. The more it warmed up, the more the chili pepper did come out, but still a little too overly bourbon flavored for me. Brandy>Regular>Bourbon for me.
alexsdad06 (4350) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared by the local ba group. Pours pitch black with a thick sticky reddish brown head. The nose is peppery, moderate cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and spices. Everything works very well together with this. The flavor is thick malty goodness with moderate sweetness and some roast. The chocolate is a blend of creamy and dark versions. The bourbon adds a complexity not found in the original. Vanilla, pepper and spices round things out. Medium-full bodied and quite smooth. The barrel notes are well integrated with the base beer. As a side not, we had the 4 roses bourbon along side the beer to check aromas and flavor.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Rattle n’ Hum. Poured black with a little bit of legs. Big vanilla and bourbon aroma. Sweet roasted malt and some brown sugar base and balance it. The flavor starts with vanilla followed by big roasted malt and then a bourbon finish. Roasty and very warming but no alcohol taste. My only issue is I personally like a full sticky body on my IS and this ones dries out, which is more of a plus for many people. I liked it so much I ordered it 3 times.
b3shine (4209) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to oversized snifter (thanks hubsluvsbeer). Looks good; pitch black with thin lacing. Smells great; malty and boozy. Tastes great too; much like it smells. Nice on the palate too. Excellent stuff!