nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source:22 oz bottle split with a couple of friends.
Appearance:Black pour with a thin, scummy tan head.
Aroma:Roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of smoky whiskey.
Flavor:Typical of the aroma. Roasted malt and chocolate with only a hint of whiskey.
Palate:Medium body with soft carbonation.
Overall:Again, needs some body. Barrel aging wasn’t apparent enough for my tastes.
nickd717 (3780) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 This rare bottle was shared by bifrostguard on BA - thanks, Cameron! Pours black and not too viscous with just a little tan foam on top that settles to a ring. Decent lacing. Awesome aroma of whiskey, roast, coffee, chocolate, black cherry, and alcohol. Flavor is very complex and somewhat heavy on the whiskey. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate also present, with noticeable alcohol. Palate is medium full, could use a little more body. Soft carbonation. Fairly drinkable, but not a standout in this category. Overall a great -bal aged imperial stout though.
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a tan head.
Roast malt aroma, very little boubon.
Full bodied and smooth. Roasty.
Don’t come here for the bourbon though.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Worth the hype, and a shame the batch was so small. I have had more Bourbon Barrel Stouts than any mortal man should, and few leave a lasting impression. This is one of them. A slightly thicker mouth is the only improvement I could see.
FrigidRoses (14) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best RIS aromas ever. Delicate whiskey, vanilla, oak, and a touch of chocolate. Classic RIS pitch black pour, with a brown head that is slightly darker than the regular Blackbeerd. Flavor is extremely balanced. The bourbon enhances but doesn’t overpower. Oak and vanilla mixed with bittersweet chocolate followed by a slight bourbon finish. Regular Blackbeerd is a tad thin for the style and this is no different. It makes the drinkability superb on a stout such as this however. World class.
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of light bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of oak, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and light vanilla with a smooth dry roasty oaky finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, ash, light oak and doughy notes. The flavor was of dry chocolate, dry chalk and light vanilla. Medium bodied with some alcohol warmth, but not taste.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Bottle. Oh man there is some fuss over this on the other site. Why is it that low production correlates with very high Reviewer average. Pours a brune body with an off white head. Lactose, turpentine, where the hell is the jack?! Soy, licorice light chocolate and some creamy vanilla. Well its a good beer, but style wise this is a tremendous let down!
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by YGTBSM94 I think. I didn’t get alot of bourbon out of this one. Some wood. Dry. Alcoholic. Slightly hoppy. I liked the non-barrel aged version better.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to stopbarking for sharing this awesome beer! Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. Smell is chocolate, caramel, and bourbon, but not over the top with the bourbon and it meshes very well without dominating. Taste is bitter dark chocolate and is nice and lightly hoppy and a bit dry with moderate bourbon flavor. Well balanced but the chocolatey flavor in the base beer seems tamed a bit by the bourbon presence. I found that I enjoyed the smell of this over the original while preferring the taste of the original slightly over this. Both fantastic beers, and I really enjoyed this one.