vyvvy (5864) - 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 that’s a bit slick with mild carbonation. The flavor starts out with slick chocolate, berries, roast and oakiness. The finish is roasty and oaky.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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 (7508) - Pewaukee, 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 didn’t like the Jack D version nearly as much.
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 didn’t feel boozy or overly sweet. A decent beer overall. Another big beer enjoyed during the RBSG grand tasting, and I’m 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.
hopscotch (10616) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma offers dark mocha, vanilla, bourbon, coconut and a trace of toasted oak. Full-bodied and silky with solid carbonation. The flavor is of black malt, warming bourbon, sweet dark chocolate, singed caramel and a whisper of pouch tobacco. Lengthy, burnt, mildly boozy finish – hop, black malt and ethanol bitterness hangs out a good while after each sip. World class treatment of a really good, but not great beer. Growler courtesy of Elliesbrown. Thanks Zack!
Beerman6686 (6329) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma was lots and lots of bourbon, some dark chocolate and roasted coffee too. Flavor was semi sweet chocolate, fairly roasted and then a good amount of boubon and alcohol showing through. Nice
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is essentially black in color with a thin layer of dark khaki head.
S: Whiskey and vanilla come through but the intense roastiness of the base beer is also really quite apparent. There is a bit of dark chocolate and coffee on the aroma as well. A touch of molasses and char.
T: Pretty much the same story on the palate. Whiskey flavor and vanilla with charred oak. Lots of roasted malts with some molasses and toffee sweetness as well as dark chocolate notes.
M: The body is certainly a bit thin on this beer, but the carbonation and mouthfeel are solid.
O: The barrel aging helps to take away some of the intense roast character, but it’s not an amazing beer.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber received in a trade with funkdelic. Thanks again Cameron!
Pours a dark black color that is opaque with dark mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of lace left behind.
Sweet bourbon aroma that’s not too boozy with a good amount of earthy oak. Toasty with lots of chocolate malt, oatmeal and burnt toast. A bit burnt/acrid smelling.
Medium bodied and slightly chewy with a light bourbon presence while still containing a good amount of heat. Decent barrel character with the bourbon well integrated into the flavor with toasted oak and faint vanilla. Lots of roasted malt with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt toast. Slightly acrid and dry.
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at the grand tasting at RBSG in Philly. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin white head. Bourbon, wood, chocolate and roast. Roast, bourbon, chocolate warm toast and roast. Chocolate and light bourbon. Vanilla and roast. Chocolate, toast, light wood on the finish.
decaturstevo (5788) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black\brown pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate, BB, dark caramel malt, and abv aroma. BB, coffee, abv, and chocolate flavor. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.