Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle from Jim M. Thanks! Poured into my LA Teku.
A: Pours in an inky, almost treacly manner to the glass. Fills up with a solid dark mocha head which fades quickly. Some carbonation bubbles are disturbing the surface of this black puddle. Legs are thick, thick, thick.
N: Hearty bourbon with a big chocolate and espresso background. Vanilla and caramel and oak. Coconut and more fudge. Brown sugar and some molasses. Big sweet sugars here. Some rye and oatmeal.
T: Very, very sweet. Bourbon appropriates the top level here and adds a sweet sting on top of a very pronounced sweet malt body. Thereís a little bit of earth, pine and spice from what I assume are the hops and thereís some additional roast. This has some surprising balance, though itís still a heavy confection. Does have a salty soy sauce aspect.
M: Super boozy, but itís got a wonderfully filling mouthfeel. Other RISís should pay attention to this aspect, itís the best Iíve had outside Apple Brandy Hunahpuís.
O: I wish I had split this bottle because itís absolutely going to sit in my stomach, but at the same time, I donít think Iím going to get sick of it. This might get a few more points if it turned down the bourbon heat, but at the same time, itís done an excellent job of making both the bourbon and the stout distinct, so what else can you want?
bytemesis (4641) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle from Deyholla - thanks! Pours inky black with a medium dark brown head that dissipates slowly and laces nicely. Aroma is rich, woody, dark roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, tobacco, bourbon. Bourbon comes more to the forefront in the flavor, rich, roasty, chocolate, coffee grounds, boozy. Medium sweet, medium finishing bitterness. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Warming finish. Quite a nice beer.
wheresyourball (539) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Austin, thanks! Poured into a tulip. Black pour with a thin head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, malt, slight bourbon. Taste follows with some ash/smoke and a lot of chocolate maltiness. Sweet and full bodied. Very good.
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt notes with some black chocolate notes with medium bourbon notes with some vanilla undertones. Taste is also dominated by creamy black chocolate notes with some light dry roasted malt. Body is full with creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not as complex as I was expecting but very well balance overall with chocolate and bourbon creating an efficient mix.
deekyn (1367) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - pours thickly. opaque black with small dark brown head. No lacing. S - very grainy with Sweet bourbon aged notes up front; vanilla, toffee, graham crackers, marshmallow, molasses, licorice. Chocolate and raw cacao notes as well. Very oaky, with some mustiness. M - thick heavy body with a pretty full palate. Not as rich as I would have liked. Bitter with a long alcohol burning end. T -bourbony goodness. Tastes follow the nose quite well. Tangy raw cacao, sweet sticky bun, grains, and toasted malts come first. Bittersweet Chocolate, cola syrup, toffee, and bourbon on the palate. Lightly bitter grasses, and long lingering licorice, raw cacao, alcohol burnt ending. After taste is vanilla and graham crackers. O - good but not great. Very sticky sweet graininess. 4.2
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Vestergaard (912) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh yeah. Thanks MotherBrother! Bottle from 2012. Pours pitch black with a very dark brown head. Not that thick though. Smell is gun powder, licorice, chocolate, motor oil, asfalt. The taste got many o the same nuances, but some more chocolate, wood and bourbon. A little vanilla too... A slight watery body, and itís not as intense as the smell told me it would be. Still great and complex.
weihenweizen (2196) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chilled brown bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with light brown head. Thick body and light espresso aroma. Taste is strong coffee. Compared with three other imperial stouts, third best.
demmbonz (666) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think I enjoy the regular version of this beer better. The aging is subtle and I would never guess it was bourbon barrels. More oak and wood. Very nice palate. Underwhelmed.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Dark brown-black with thin finger of frothy chocolate head. Fades fairly quickly.
S - Sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, molasses, black licorice, some booze.
T - Sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth and fairly thick with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Great barrel aged imperial stout. Super smooth and rich.
Marheb (3174) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Cuir, vanille, bourbon dans ce qui pourrait passer pour une bourbon county, un peu plus crťmeuse, peut-Ítre moins chocolatťe.