rxeight (807) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
May 12 bottling. Dark pour, Looks like a serious dark stout. Looks great, that’s about where it all goes downhill. Dark toasted malts, bordering on burnt. Some smoke, and peat. Maybe some unintended secondary fermentation in the bottle, gives it a bit of stale malt flavor. The half that was barrel aged didnt come through at all. I see no signs of bourbon.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled and served in Stone IRS snifter: Basically opaque with a lasting frothy tan head and very good lace. The aroma notes has notes of roast and chocolate, moderate bourbon and oak, some bile and funk, orly ? The taste is malt forward but plenty of booze and hop funk too. Seemed muddled and lacking the richness that an Imperial Stout should have, damn barrel aging anyhow. Sprite and aggressive mouth feel but an oily note and moderate ashy finish. Just too funky and off to really enjoy, give me the base Vampire Slayer over this any day.
glennmastrange (2045) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. heavy malt aromas of toasted, dark chocolate and mild coffee, moderate resin for the hops, light earth for the yeast, with notes of tar and vanilla. Head is small, wispy, light brown with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a carbonation between soft and lively. Excellent dark overtones in this Imperial Stout, followed by nice balance in flavor and a smooth palate.
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany bordering onyx pour with a latte head. Cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, roasted malt, and brownie batter. A little thinner than I would have liked...also missing some complexity. Good not great.
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. Pours black. Medium body. Roasted malts with a tad bit of dark chocolate. slightly bitter finish. obviously only a part of this is barrel aged but that’s not eveident at all. Decent but not great - on par with the two individual beers used in the blend.
jeremytoni (2836) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown/black color with a small amount of head. Strong toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.
mttan02 (29) - Tolleson, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, with about one finger of tan head. Nice lacing. Bourbon is quite evident in both the aroma, and taste. Smooth drinking, with some alcohol on the finish. I’d drink another.
johnnnniee (1841) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid black with a smallish tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of chocolate, caramel. molasses, roasted grain, brown sugar, light bourbon and vanilla, with a hint of vanilla and licorice. The flavor is fairly sweet with lost of sugary caramel, brown, and candy sugar. Roast, lots of vanilla, dark fruit and chocolate provide some depth then there’s a hint of warming alcohol and a bit of earth. Medium to thick body with a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is a blend of beers I think, it’s got a lot going on and I really enjoyed it. Somehow I wish I had picked up more than one bottle of this.
kayres (327) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick black with a thich tan head. Big coco aroma. Smooth medium bodied coffee and chocolate flavors hint of roast bitter
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pushkinwow (1618) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Winooski. Dark black with a tan head that fades, Nicely balanced malt, light bourbon and vanilla but a nice underlay of oak, bakers chocolate. Low carbonation, moderate to full body, light initial sweetness (caramelized brown sugar and vanilla) that develops into a growing bitterness and an unfortunate celery note at the end.