1FastSTi (3342) - 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.
Ughsmash (7276) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured deep black with a lovely initial yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up honey, molasses, and black patent roast with just mild oak and bourbon accenting.. a little bit buttery.. some vanilla right on the back.. smooth, but not all that exciting. The flavor found lots of roasty black patent, some licorice, rolled oats, and molasses at the core.. again not a whole lot of action from the Jack barrel, but it was complementary.. light peppery warmth on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and very smooth through the palate.. balance was very good. This wasn’t bad by any means, but it was a bit underwhelming.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle shared by Nate at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. I don’t care what anyone from Georgia or anyone else says, Jack ain’t bourbon. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of whisky, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, nutty notes. The taste is roasted malts, nutty notes, wood, vanilla, vegetal notes, leafy and peppery hops notes, and a bit of raisin. Full bodied.
beernovice39 (3228) - Montana, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at brewer. Jet black ink pour. Scent is coffee, wood and boubon. Taste is roasty and bittersweet, very balanced and creamy. Boubon warming effect.
jtclockwork (10268) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2011 Bottle. 200th imperial stout rating. Pours oily black. Tan head. Nose is roasted chocolate, mocha java, dark chocolate, vanilla and whiskey barrel. Taste is the same. Body is on the lighter side for an imperial, but the spot on taste and nose is really the driving force of this masterful brew.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch-black and super-thick, like a motor-oil milkshake. The smell shows unmistakable bourbon and oak, yet also keeps the mocha soul of the original intact. Bittersweet and boozy yet smooth and mellow, rolling layers of flavor keep sweeping across your tongue. The finish drips with Sour Mash Whisky, but only the smoothest, top-shelf bottle you can find. Remarkable brew. (3/2/09)
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had at the great Chicago tasting along with the regular Blackbeerd and the Buffalo Trace. I had both the Blackbeerd and Buffalo Trace before so this finished off the trio. I was not overly impressed with the first two, this one was slightly better but not saying a ton as I think in general these stours are just all slightly above average...The taste was much sweeter and smooth, lots of vanilla and bourbon and the taste and feel is the definition of what a buttery stout tastes like.
If you can find this its worth drinking, but don’t over pay.
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by BrewEngineer at the 14th Richmond Gathering. Pours opaque with a medium, fizzy tan head, medium-short retention with light lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, nutty, roasted), average hops (earthy, woody), and medium fruity esters with notes of fig, licorice, prune, vanilla, and oak. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a sweet finish.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Date: 3/19/2011 Source:BrewEngineer Chocolate wood vanilla with some whiskey notes in the aroma. Black with small off-white head. Flavor follows aroma. Nice woodiness with lots of vanilla and almost coconut coming out in the finish. Medium to full body with very light astringency. Whiskey is very smooth and subdued. Excellent.
Butters (3938) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled both at Brewvival 2011 and at the Richmond 14th Gathering. Very dark brown pour with ring of tan head. Defintiely good with a very long lasting bourbon warming in the back of the throat. Sweet vanilla and dark cherry and vanilla and chocolate and light roast. Very mellow and smooth, but still with alcohol. Good stuff.