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.
slowrunner77 (6084) - 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 (13301) - 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 (4077) - 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.
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The WWGT2D? Tasting. Thanks to GRG1313! The pour’s deep brown with a tight creamy tan head. The nose is raisin and chocolate brownies. Roasted coffee. The taste is tart red fruits, blackberry. Really dark chocolate. Baked alaska. Plenty of vanilla. Roasted wood. Full body, oily. Actually pretty nice. Smooth, well-integrated flavors. Nice.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s black with a solid persistant sheet of mocha foam. Smells of bourbon, booze, oak, fudgy, figgy, some graham, nougat, vanilla, chocolate chip cookie dough. Taste is sweet, boozy, nice barrel tones, some tawny port character, some raisin and fig. Full bodied with reserved carbonation and a fairly dry finish. This is a well crafted beer that reminds me of Schlafly’s Bourbon Stout 2008, aged about three years. Enjoyed that beer immensely, and will enjoy the remainder of this beer as well.
Serving type: bottle
arminjewell (6419) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of bottle at ROYGBIV day, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought some anise, dark fruits, hints of roast, dark chocolate, slightly acidic dark malts, some coffee comes through as well with a touch of oak, bourbon. Taste is a mix of bourbon and oak, vanilla into acidic malt, some anise and dark fruit go into chocolate, roast, and coffee, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.
Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle with label that looks like it came from somebody’s home printer. Pours black with one finger tan head. Aroma coffee, cocoa, roast. Taste matches with coffee, chocolate, sweet malts, roast, vanilla, bourbon. Clean finish of mild roast, oak and bourbon. Palate creamy with carbonation tingle and alcohol burn.
Didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. I especially liked the finish - in so many of these imperials you get a prolonged ashy roast finish but with this it is clean and mild.
jtclockwork (8912) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with thick tan brown head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malt, toasted oats, vanilla, oak, bourbon barrel, fudge brownie and milk chocolate. Medium body. Finishes with a little bourbon kick. Body on the lighter side of medium for the ABV. As a consequence, the beer is a bit "hotter" than I’d like.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle courtesy of deftim13. thanks for this gem, tim! pours a silky, dense mocha that sits black in the glass capped by a creamy, dark kahki head that leaves a tight ring of lace. aroma is outstanding with heavy notes of chocolate brownies, roasted malts, baked brown sugar, and rolled oats backed by vanilla nougat, toffee, and bourbon with a hint of spice cake and dark fruits as it warms. flavor is stunning with dense, rich, german chocolate cake, coconut icing, vanilla, and roasted malts up front backed by smooth, woody bourbon, espresso, heath bar toffee, dusty oats, black cherry cola, and a hint of cigar ash. palate is smooth, silky, and full bodied with a lingering finish of baker’s chocolate and woody bourbon. overall, a truly world class barrel aged imperial stouts.
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at a recent Tampa Crew Tasting. Pours a nice stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, milk chocolate, some cafe con leche, and big vanilla, wood, and booze. Flavor follows delivering on all of the promises the nose makes. Roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, booze, bourbon, vanilla, and a little beastiness. Medium to full in body with lingering chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey in the finish. Very nice overall.