brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is almost black with a minimal tan head sitting on top.
S: Intense vanilla and bourbon aromas. Nice undertones of roast and coffee with a ton of chocolate, both dark and milk varieties. A nice sweetness to it without it being sugary.
T: Really smooth and full flavored. Bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate dominate the flavor. A touch of booze and dark fruits on the back end. The chocolate comes through more and more with each sip.
M: Medium in body with a really smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.
O: One of the best beers of the day. Great flavor and silky on the tongue.
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(11/5/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Coronado. Black-colored. Aroma of bourbon, some wood and dark chocolate. Sweetish alcoholic flavor with bourbon, bitter chocolate, some coffee and a bitter finish. Full-bodied. Not bad, but too much bourbon and alcohol in the flavor.
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pitch black with a light tan head. Great aroma with lots of sweet rich cocoaish chocolate malt on the back. Very rich smooth bourbony sweetness on the nose. A kiss of vanilla and some light oaky tannins as well. Raisiny sweetness in the middle along with some rich cocoaish malts. There is a lot of bourbony flavour in here, but it isn’t boozy or hot. Just a really well-integrated combination of cocoa and dark sweet malts wtih the bourbon. Definitely a hefty beer, but one that I thought worked.
JohnnyJ (5262) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The number 700. This was a lovely beer, On tap at stone. Pour is a pitch black with dense dark tan head. Sometimes barrel aged beers dont stand up to the bourbon, but this one does a pretty good job. Definite bourbon in the flavor and aroma, earthy sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, oak, burnt malt, and molasses. Really well balanced for how strong it is. I’m very glad I was able to try some.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of roasted malt, burnt sugar, slight bourbon, and slight chocolate. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, tan head that disappeared quickly. Opaque. Not sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, light bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, light oak, wood, slight cream, and a hint of bitter coffee. Medium to full body. Lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, slight bourbon, and light vanilla finish is dry. 10%ABV is totally hidden.
alexanderj (3486) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Coronado. Poured black with a small brown head. Aroma of cocoa, oats, vanilla, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Flavor was really nice, especially the soothing, lingering after tasted. Flavors predominantly of chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon and sweetness. A good amount of vanilla with a touch of caramel. A bit boozy, but not too bad. Good stuff.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Ham’s listed as BA Stoopid Stout. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is smoky and roasty. Taste is sweet and chocolate, overall nice and big.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Stone Bistro. Pours a very dark brown color; light tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of bourbon, burnt malts, and bitter chocolate in the nose; reasonably reserved barrel character. Fizzy, cola-like carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of roasted malts, cola, and bitter chocolate upfront coupled to a reasonably well-reserved bourbon barrel character; the fizziness detracts considerably, and bourbon is just straight bourbon and charred wood. Decent without being anything exceptional. Lengthy finish: roasted / burnt malts, chocolate, and lasting barrel toastiness.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone bistro. Dark brown/black color with flavors and aroma of bourbon,chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit.
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I got to try 3 BA imperial stouts today. GF, CBC, and BA Yeti. They are all different and good in their own way. The CBC had the most (lots) of bourbon barrel characteristics: oak, some oxidation. Black creamy head. Sweetish. A hint of booze. Excellent. Almost equally highest rated of the three.