KickInChalice (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. First reviewed 7/15/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Part of a 09, 10, Buffalo Trace, Jack Daniels side by side. From notes.
Much like the other versions, this pours a mahogany, nearly black color with brown edges. A tan cap retains nicely and leaves a bit of lace.
With the smokey and acidic aroma and flavor of the base beer, it is clear that barrel aging has helped. Bourbon, vanilla, and toffee overlay a sweetness to the roasted malt, coffee, and smoke.
The taste is very nice. The flavor starts out with a mellow sweetness. Vanilla, bourbon, and toffee set the stage for full roasted malt and coffee in the middle. The smoke, oak, and a bit of chocolate add some additional character toward the end.
The beer is more mellow here as well. Fairly smooth, medium bodied, with creamy medium carbonation. A light sweet stickiness lingers on the lips.
This was the winner of the 4 versions I tried. The sweetness did not run rampant, but the Buffalo Trace was able to erase some of the errant flavors in the base beer.
beernbourbon (1147) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Blake at STL RB gathering, thanks man! Poured side-by-side with non-barrel-aged version. Pour is a touch more viscous with notes of smooth roasted malt, vanilla, light brown sugar, and faint cocoa. This is much smooth than the regular and most of the ashy and earthy flavors of the regular are replaced by notes of bourbon and vanilla with smooth roasted malt. This is great.
phaleslu (4431) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 22 oz. bottle shared by bsuedekum- thanks again, Blake! All these Blackbeerds have been long-time wants, so he knocked two out with one punch. This one was tried side-by-side with a regular one; it was bottled 6/15/10, compared to 12/21/10 for the regular so this was an earlier base batch. Very big, bourbony aroma with vanilla, molasses, toasted oak, caramel, roasted malts, and some dark fruits. Flavor followed along the same lines. Very smooth, with the ABV fairly subdued. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich, roasty, sweet mouthfeel and low carbonation. Huge improvement over the regular Blackbeerd, though I donít know if it was the batch or the barrel or both. Re-Rate: The 11/27/12 bottling is solid but clearly young; very roasty and rich and might be served well by sitting 6-12 months. Just a hunch. Otherwise, still a very good imperial stout but the 2010 release was better.
jandd1983 (1574) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a deep black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of vanilla, bourbon, and some peat. The taste was sweet vanilla and caramel, bourbon with a smokey, roasted bitter and dry finish. Very good Imperial Stout.
seymour (1099) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, side-by-side with the standard version. Fun label. Poured an opaque black color with average beige foam. Possessed 100% true-to-style Imperial Stout aromas and flavors plus loads of vanilla, toasted hardwood, and bourbon aspects. Well-rounded, warm, smooth, creamy. High alcohol was disguised until aftertaste. I love that they brew with so many organic ingredients. This version was much improved over the standard Blackbeerd. Highly recommended.
kwoeltje (2062) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - sampled at STL RB Gathering) black/brown with tan head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavors were roast malt (seemed milder than non-aged Blackbeerd), bourbon.
vyvvy (3225) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at STL RB Gathering - Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has smooth oily chocolate, roastiness, light soy sauce, oak, light bourbon and vanilla. Medium body thatís a bit slick with mild carbonation. The flavor starts out with slick chocolate, berries, roast and oakiness. The finish is roasty and oaky.
dimenhetfield (2354) - , Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle compared side by side with the Jack Daniels version. This one still had a good bit of bourbon in the aroma and flavor. Super dark with a lot of body and flavor. Carbonation was pretty stellar for this style. Definitely held up well over time.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, dated 6/15/10. Poured near-black with not a whole lot going on for head.. just a thin dusting of beige and a looser-bubbled ring. The aroma picked up a lovely blend of dark chocolates, vanilla, and roasty black patent with complementary sweet bourbon, vanilla, and peppered oak from the barrel.. really excellent nose! The flavor held serve.. more roasted black patent at the core, with enough dark chocolate and vanilla to keep it interesting.. sweet, tangy, tasty bourbon and related barrel character laced throughout.. peppery and bourbon-ny on the long, warm, well-balanced finish. Heavier-bodied and dry on the palate with low carbonation.. roast and warmth stuck around for a while after the finish.. really good flow. This was excellent, and surprisingly so because I didnít like the Jack D version nearly as much.
Glouglouburp (5562) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A bourbon barrels orgy that remains quite drinkable. Good.
How: Bottle shared at RBSG 2011 grand tasting
The look: Black Body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose has plenty of bourbon barrels, this really is in-your-face bourbon barrels. Taste is bourbon barrel juice, tar, dark chocolate, vanilla, coconut, etc. The usual suspects that you can expect from an excessively bourbonized imperial stout. But somehow I thought this one was rather drinkable and didnít feel boozy or overly sweet. A decent beer overall. Another big beer enjoyed during the RBSG grand tasting, and Iím certain that a stranger who walked in the hotel reception room and saw all us beer geeks sharing beers and taking notes in little notepads would assume we call it the "Ratebeer Summer Gathering" because "The Biggest Loser" was already taken.