EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is up there with the best bourbon aged Imperial Stout I’ve ever had, Bourbon County. Pours a deep ebony with a thick head of tiny bubbles. Huge aroma of chocolate, bourbon and coffee beans. Perfect body, smooth and creamy like a milk shake. Flavors of dark chocolate, a bit of fresh espresso, and a subtle note of bourbon (vanilla, caramel). Finish is clean and smooth with a chocolate/plum linger. What makes this beer so fantastic is the perfect balance of flavors, the subtly notes of bourbon and the complete lack of any solventy notes, which for a 12% beer takes some serious skills. This beer stands on it’s own but if you want to pair it dark chocolate, anything with vanilla (ice cream), or a strong soft cheese (goat, Saga) would be great.
rollsrace (75) - - DEC 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Seems barrel heavy some bourbon notes. Slightly flat. Pours black with little head. No overpowering flavors. Goes down easy for an imperial stout. Has an earthy finish.
toxichop (550) - South Gate, California, USA - NOV 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 Bottle Pours completely black with a thin light brown head. Smell of rubbing alcohol, oak, molasses, and bourbon. Taste is of whiskey, oats, a hint of spice, a hint of vanilla, with a bit of soy in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the style. Almost no carbonation. Overall it goes down pretty smooth but not with the best flavors.
Ferris (9620) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Nice barrel notes and roast. Deep jet with a beige head. Sweet, Woody notes and some chocolate with a touch of coconut. Barrel heavy, but decent.
andrewje41 (2024) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour split at Matt’s. Pours black with a fading tan head. Smokey malt, espresso, big roasted malt aroma and flavor. Smokey finish. Nice imperial here.
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Matt’s; 11% ABV
Black color. Dark caramel and wood aroma, some glue too. Good body strength, yet the mouthfeel is lean; nice degree of sweetness; the dark malt and dark chocolate flavor is very nice, with a touch of marshmallow in the end. Alcohol warmth.
mcberko (11001) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is very complex, with notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon barrels, and chocolate. Flavour is along the same lines, with lush notes of vanilla, bourbon barrels, chocolate and some oak. Super cohesive and complex, with not too much sweetness. Barrel aging done to perfection. Really excellent.
Ernesto987 (5128) - Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle, nice big roasty ashy stout. Light on the bourbon barrel flavors. Bitter and very roasty finish.
slowrunner77 (8345) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"NO sign of 12% anywhere in this brew. Body was big, but not sticky or alcoholic. Not as deep as the best imperial stouts, but the bourbon aging was very nice - lots of vanilla, chocolate, and oak...and an odd but nice graham cracker flavor. Pretty nice rendition of a barreled stout."
Travlr (18608) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at jackl’s tasting courtesy of GRG1313, thanks! Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Taste is boozy bourbon, cocoa, coffee.
obguthr (5083) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate nose. Black, medium tan head, good lacing. Dark chocolate flavor, dry. Alcohol not noticeable, little bourbon character.