ChainGangGuy (4122) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a conspicuously black body with a foamy, tan-colored head.
Smell: Rich, inviting nose swimming in roast malts and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey along with all of the anticipated, substantial notes you would come to expect from each.
Taste: Dessertlike blend of malt and barrel-imparted flavors: roast, chocolate, brown sugar, heavy cream simmered with vanilla beans, molasses, and anise. There’s a rich, indulgent sweetness all the while, regardless of any feeble attempts made by a light, roasted bitterness midway. Some woody oak character shining through. Slight alcohol warmth on the roasty, creamy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Altogether velvety mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Highly recommended. I was just hoping for a good whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout. And it was a great whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout! It’s clear Coast cares about my happiness.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: March 28, 2009
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: muddy dark brown, fine tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma, light sweet bourbon and vanilla, bourbon comes out as it warms
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, vanilla sweetness, light bourbon grows as it warms, balancing oak, touch of roasted, light bitter finish follows the roasted
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Date: February 27, 2010
Source: Brewfest, Brewvival
Appearance: blsck, frothy tan head, lots of lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma
Flavor: big roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, touch of bourbon, hint of vanilla sweetness brings out a bit of milk chocolate
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown translucent pour.aroma of molasses and caramel, also mirrored in the flavor. Palate is medium bodied. Only good for the style, but overall a beer I would love to drink any day
daHammer (60) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A. Roasted grain. bready malts, light smoke, light hops, choc., bourbon, oak
App. Opaque dark brown with red highlights, thin light brown head
F. Sweet malt, roast, choc, dark fruits. light hop citrus flavor big hop bitterness, bourbon and oak
Hoppy bitter finish with peppery alcohol
P. Med-full body, Alcohol warming, Creamy MF
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly opaque oily black with a clingy-lacing spotty light tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and milk chocolate with some vanilla and bourbon oak. Starts with average fullness for the style with sweet dark caramely and chocolate flavors along with some dark fruity character before a smoother slightly warming finish. A pretty good barrel-aged imperial stout, but could use a little more fullness.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one absolutely trounces the regular version. Pretty much jet black with dark tan head. Some small bits of light make it through.
The smell is wonderful. Chocolately with a hint of whiskey. Not overpowering.
The taste is more of the same. The barrel aging brings out thick chocolate taste and you get a smooth but definite whiskey aftertaste. Not overpowing at all, it just peaks through the traditional RIS aftertaste.
Truly a magnificent beer.