drowland (6841) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. The pour is pure black with a nice and really dark brown head. The aroma is basically all wood, lots of oak, some bourbon characteristic, but not as much as I had hoped. The flavor is awesome, though, with plenty of bourbon and wood mixed with awesome stout characteristics including chocolate and coffee and a wonderful spicy finish as well. Love this stuff!
b3shine (6595) - Indiana, 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!
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
18/II/2012 1Pt. 9.4Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel @ De Hopduvel - BB: n/a (2012-137) Thanks to BoBoChamp for sharing the bottle!
Dark brown soy sauce like fluid, no head, 2 or 3 bubbles, thick and oily. Aroma: vanilla, caramel, whiskey, alcohol, mocha to coffee, very powerful and overwhelming. MF: no carbon, full body, thick almost cloying texture. Taste: sweet caramel, vanilla, some tobacco, dark chocolate, mocha, little spicy. Aftertaste: mocha, coffee, sweet caramel, alcohol burning in the back of the throat. Pretty impressive stuff.
djd07 (6056) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle during RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown with thick creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, dark fruit. Slick mouthfeel with nice dark fruit, cocoa, roast, rich malts, nice booze, really enjoyed this one!
Mora2000 (5931) - 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.
nimbleprop (5904) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the DC Ratebeer Gathering. 750ml bottle pours an oily, opaque black with some red, fading head. Big spicy, chili aroma, raisins, ancho chili, cherries, dark mexican chocolate, black pepper, vanilla, coconut. Flavor of brown sugar, molasses, raisins, chili peppers, tons of chocolate, dried cherries, malts, light coffee, cracked peppercorns. Full bodied finish although extremely smooth. I was very skeptical of this but it lived up to the hype.
BoBoChamp (5758) - 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!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Draft, well i wondered a lot why put this beer in a bourbon barrel with the base beer with such dramatic complexity i figured it would ruin a lot of the good but strangely this seemed to work. Pours a black body with a yellow white head. Peppers, bourbon, cinnamon, and vanilla notes. Just mouth watering. Chocolate peppers, with a mild malty sweetness some light roasted body hints of vanilla sweetness quickly dried up the mild heat of the peppers. Its astounding what can i say. 4.6 per the notes
Im going to have to knock this down significantly based on my second time having it, there was a serious apple (acetyladehyde) tone to this beer that just destroyed it for me. 3.5
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.
kramer (5360) - 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.