Scipio (600) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a full with a big, frothy, slowly settling lighter tan head. The aroma is big on vanilla and bourbon. There are elements of coffee and chocolate, as well as a very faint caramel. The taste remains potent in vanilla and bourbon, with the latter coming through even more. I get much more caramel, with light chocolate undertones. Aftertaste is caramel and alcohol. Unlike many that are this potent, this one isn’t all that sweet. The alcohol isn’t hidden in the taste or its effects. Medium to full in body, while being more slick in texture. Carbonation in here is soft. I find this one to be very tasty. It has a lot of what I really enjoy in this style, the main things being that its delicious and its very strong. Its definitely worth drinking.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
well, take two of the nicer CS beers, but them in bourbon, and blend. how could this be bad? .. . thanks again to Channing .. . dark hue .. . burnt nuts, coffee, tar, and melded dark bourbon .. . solid mouth .. . a good barreled beer .. . . i lambasted a dog today.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with very little head. Aroma is raisins, dates, chocolate, bourbon, hint of soy sauce. Medium-full bodied, good balance. Taste is wood, bourbon, liquorice. Little harsh.
MrFecesious (657) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share taster. Dark brown, ruby highlights, bubbly cap along the edge and a scattered, thin blanket. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, raisin. Tart, sweet taste. Medium dry finish, with medium carbonation.
SlovakSniper (2558) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Une robe qui est à la limite d’être noire. Un anneau de mousse qui flotte paisiblement. Un nez dominé par le bourbon et par les malts sucrés. Dommage. Sur les papilles, une chaleur de barrique qui devient intense au fil des gorgées. Ce liquide est véritablement un bourbon noir. En bouche, beaucoup de rondeur et de lourdeur. La texture grasse étouffe légèrement ma langue et ses papilles. En finale, une sucrosité amplifiée par l’eau-de-vie américaine. Ouf.... Cette concoction clownesque manque cruellement de subtilité.
adnielsen (7596) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. Creamy dark chocolate, light caramel, rich bourbon, vanilla, woody, somewhat sweet aroma. A bit thin body. Really rich dessert flavor - coconut, vanilla, rich dark chocolate, caramel, toffee. There’s a fair barrel presence but it’s held in check pretty well. Pretty enjoyable beer though I’m not sure it’s worth the price tag.
drjay44 (2353) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained beige head, with some lacing, over a blackish brown (SRM 40) body......nose is cocoa, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, hints of toffee/caramel.....taste is moderate bourbon whiskey, chocolate, cocoa, big tobacco, hints of brown sugar, dried fruits including plum, raisin, then very light umami, finishing sweet with a light bitterness.....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol heat very present, carbonation low, finish sticky sweet. While this beer is best called an Imperial Stout it, and those similar, really deserve a new category. Perhaps, as the bottle label says, calling it an American Imperial Stout is most correct. Neither the Brits nor the Russians would do their confections against a bourbon barrel. This is very sweet for me, much too boozy, think bourbon laced pecan pie. BJCP 9/3/14/
thornecb (3989) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black into a tulip. Mocha head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Chocolate and vanilla aromas. Full with hot chocolate, caramel, vanilla and oak front to back.
Thisis12ptfont (711) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma of raisin, black licorice, dates and roasted barley. Pitch black appearance with intriguing lacing against the glass. Taste is pure thick, and crisp bringing notes of very intense dark chocolate, thick caramel, heavy molasses, dry coffee beans, mocha/espresso and continuous dark chocolate on the tongue. Overall, finish is extremely boozey with resinous dark chocolate and coffee bean oil. Alcohol overwhelms the palate. I’d give this an A rating.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Caramel/toffee aroma with chocolate and bourbon. Big bourbon flavor with caramel and chocolate. Fuller bodied. Bourbon and vanilla linger with chocolate, caramel, and light roast.