maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 courtesy of Nate. Bottled on 2.11.09. Clear dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Big roast, chocolate and caramel aroma with whiskey. Big yeast, chocolate, roast and whiskey. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012. Pitch black; minimal head and lace. Smooth bourbon & oak layers atop the roasty base. Creamy, viscous body. Dark chocolate and other flavors work together nicely. Good stuff!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: Another brutal impy stout overloaded with barrels, roast, vanilla, booze. Just another ok sipper.
How: Bottle 22oz. Probably over one year of age. Bottle sent to me by tyler_mn, thanks a lot Tyler.
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam.
In long: Nose is heavy on the barrel side but thankfully the perfumy Jack Danielís character is missing in action. This burnt cereals and vanilla soaked bourbon/whiskey barrels. Taste is also dominated by vanilla soaked barrels, and surprisingly the perfumy JDís character is much more present in the taste than in the aroma. Really quite a bit of vanilla here, even by BA impty stouts standards. Also a peaty sensation that is something I really donít associate with JDís barrels, so gotta to be coming from the malts. Rounding the up the flavors department are some ground coffee, burnt stuff, some bittersweet chocolate and a boozy bite. Certainly very sweet but does not feel cloying because of all that roast and wood wiping the taste buds with a steel wool. Big oily body with medium carbonation. Not sure if this one is supposed to have a taste of rar or not, Iím loosing track of that shit. Not a bad beer, just another brutal barrel aged impy stout, that was a long bomber to drink, pleasant enough for me to drink the whole thing, but not something I will seek again. Entering this rating on a Monday morning at work after a very beery week-end, I have to say it is a nice sensation to have a clear head and no beer buzz to clutter my judgement, but Iím opened to exploring other options.
jcartamdg (1662) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with no head aroma Is chocolate bourbon oak and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, oak and vanilla. Smooth and tasty, a little thin.
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urwithdave (10) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big thanks to Joey for sharing this at the 110k batch 3 release.
Pours pitch black in color. It is a evil black. No light passes through at all. The head is dark brown i color. Decent retention with nice lacing.
At first whiff I get lots of roasted malts and coffee. As I dip back into it I pick up on the bourbon which is present but not overpowering.
Nice roasted malts start the show. The coffee flavors follow. Then I get hints of toffee, dark chocolate, wood, and vanilla. The bourbon in my opinion is blended in very well. Itís not overpowering and allows the other flavors to come through nicely.
Pretty creamy but a little on the thinner side for a big stout. The carbonation is perfect imo. The alcohol leaves a slight tingle in the back of my throat.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with beernovice39. Pours very dark brown/black color with thin tan head. Bourbon and chocolate aromas with some coffee. Bourbon and oak flavor with chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Slightly ashy. Full body with soft carbonation. Thanks Mark.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
This pours nearly black with slightly transparent brown edges.
The aroma is more balanced and complex than the regular version. Whiskey, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar come across the nose first, followed by the dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and smokey aromas.
This version is quite sweet to start. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar combine with the roasted malt to impart a sugary coffee flavor. The oak and smoke flavors swirl together to add nice complexity in the middle. There is much less hop bitterness here, which is a plus. Unfortunately, the sweetness seems to spiral out of control and become a bit cloying by the end of the sip.
For the style, this has a medium body and medium carbonation. A light stickiness and coffee-like acidity, atlhough even the mouthfeel mellows a bit from the barrel.
The aroma was interesting and complex and the flavor was good, but the sweetness just becomes a bit too much by the end. My tasting-size glass was enough.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle compared side by side with the Buffalo Trace version. Provided by GOGRANDE. Thanks a ton my friend. This beer probably reached its peak about 6 months ago. The carbonation well pretty much gone and sadly so was the flavor. There was still slight hints of bourbon and chocolate but it really lacked in comparison to the Buffalo Trace Version.
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Huge chocolate, vanilla, and BB aroma. Chocolate, vanilla, burnt coffee, nice warmth,and a nice malt bitter. Medium full bodied with good carbonation.
1FastSTi (3282) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours to a pitch black body with a thin light tan head. The aroma is sweet vanilla chocolate brownies. Subtle coffee and lots of sweet barley and oats. Very nicely balanced on everything. The flavor is sweet oats and barley with chocolate malt and oaky vanilla bourbon. Some light black licorice. The palate is dry and lightly astringent.