ineedbeer (1013) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma has nice chocolate notes with complimentary bourbon and vanilla character. There are secondary notes of coffee and oak. As the beer warms you pick up a bit of dark fruit but its fairly low. No hop aroma and only faint alcohol notes.
Pours a deep black with a dark mocha head that clings to the edges but never really forms in the center. No lacing and mid sized legs.
Flavor has more roast and alcohol than in the aroma but still well balanced. Starts with more sweet, dark chocolate and vanilla. Mid palate the roast steps in with some oak. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate. There is some alcohol spice in the finish. Medium low bitterness and no astringency.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Medium high alcohol warmth and low astringency.
Overall this is a really nice beer. I am usually let down by some of the hyped beers I trade for but this one at least partially lived up to the hype. As it warns the alcohol does become a bit hot though.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrSilverworm (7958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2012 vintage, shared by b3shine. Dark black, pretty opaque color. Good dark brown head. Little lace. Good chocolate, vanilla nose. Big body. Light carbonation. Chewy texture. Light vanilla, big roast, nice wood, bitter taste, light sweet, some alcoholic bite. Nice vanilla, wood, roast in the finish. Awesome
ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very think inky black pour with a small mocha head. Nothing left after a while. Just a thin collar and three measly and miniscule islands of foam. The barrel is very nice, but the aroma of the beer is intense. Bourbon, tons of oak, and a nice hint of vanilla from the barrel. Sweet malts, licorice. Coffee and dark chocolate are afterthoughts compared to the barrel, booze, and sugars. Bourbon is immediately apparent. Deep dark chocolate flavors and a sweet fruit layer. Oak is really intense in the back. Lingering oaky finish is too strong and just pegs it back from perfect. It’s heavy, boozy, and overly oaked. Low carbonation. While this beer is good, the barrel hasn’t improved it. Intense oak creates an unpleasant aftertaste.
sherm1016 (1218) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, 2012 vintage, graciously shared by Jeff. Thanks! Pours a jet black color with a tan head that fades to some bubbles around the edge. Aroma is chocolate, some bourbon, a little toasty. Medium to heavy on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, roasty, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, a little nutty, with a light bourbon finish. The level of bourbon is just right here.
Lukaduke (2519) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep rich black color with a two finger mocha foam that sticks and floats with great lasting power. On the nose there is a big dose of vanilla, fudge, marshmallow and some deep bourbon touches. On the palate its velvety smooth and amazingly rich. Big chewy fudge and roasty chocolate on the front end with a rich complex finish that flows with smooth sweet flavors that match the nose nicely..... a pleasure to drink till the last drop !
Bacterial (1954) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Greg - thanks!! Dark black pour with a small tan head. Bourbon in the nose, vanilla and toffee. Really nice blend of the imperial stout and bourbon. Just enough heat that works well with all the flavors. Nice!
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, shared by Greg/John, one of them. This is a standout beer as well.. great taste with mild sweetness coming through overtop of the roast, the vanilla only briefly shows itself and the mouth feel is a big full stout letting you know this isnt for sissys.
dmac (4494) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Silver wax 12oz 2011 vintage via trade. Poured a solid black body with an average sized foamy dark mocha colored head. Aroma is probably the best quality of this beer, notes from the bourbon add a distinct vanilla and toasted coconut along with some wet cvharred wood, the beer itself has dark wet burnt toast, bad dark chocolate, dark fruit skins and a slight earthiness along with a touch of yeast. The body is silky and drinkable although it coats your mouth and has little to no carboantion. I couldn’t imagine drinking more then one of these. Flavor is far drier then the aroma with dry drak chocolate, vanilla extract, tobacco, soy, bourbon, barrel, dark toast, wax paper. Solid beer but I was expecting a little more.
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from the brew pub during rbsg #38 poured a small sized head of frothy medium sized dark brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was dark malt. The mouth feel was tingly motor oil thick at the start with a mellow roasted malt finish. The thick flavor contained notes of roasted malt very mild bourbon and dark malt. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
BelgianBeerGal (3315) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle from JALE. Sweet silver wax job that really helps keep the cap in place? Oil slick pour with light cabonation and a small head. An almost meaty aroma with bourbon in the background. Nice flavor with some sweet vanilla, some bitter cold espresso and some warming booze. Tasty. My 2500th rating.