oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks GT2! Black pour with a sudsy tan head. Huge vanilla bourbon, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa nib, and hints of booze lead to delicious barrel sweetness, finishing with cocoa nib and bakers chocolate like dryness. Thick rich palate with low carbonation. Excellent!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from my favorite MI trader.
Pours pitch black, just like the regular 5th with a small mocha head that recedes slowly to a thin collar with a little lacing.
Aroma is very sweet with lots of vanilla and dark chocolate with a solid bourbon presence. There are some roasted malts in the nose but itís definitely sweet with some molasses coming through, maybe hints of smoke and leather. Gorgeous nose.
Taste is thick and chocolaty with heavily roasted black malts and licorice anchoring the backbone. The vanilla is still there but more subtle than the nose and the wood from the barrel is more prominent in the finish.
The mouthfeel is wonderful, fullish and creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation, just sticking to the palate after each sip.
The nose is more complex than the nose with the sweetness mixing with the barrel perfectly. The taste isnít quite as nice but itís still excellent. This is a nice example of what barrels can add to a beer.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big thanks to Thorpe for letting me have some of this beer during our impromptu epic New Years Day tasting.
Beer served in a sniffer. Beer is black, oily, this dark brown head of small bubbles, low retention, falls back to halo the glass minimal lacing and low carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, chocolate, strong malt presence. The boubon come through strong. Mild oak. Smells like a big bourbon stout.
Beer is medium to big in body, malty sweet with a strong bourbon character. Fudge and chocolate with minimal roast. The sweetness carries through all the way to the end. The bourbon wins in this beer. So sweet, so oaky, vanilla, booze but without heat. I really liked it.
Serving type: bottle
Sean9689 (269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by TurdFurgison, thanks Eric! Poured into 3F wine glass.
A - Pours black, a fingers-worth of tan/mocha head, some good lacing and a thin cap on top which hangs around.
S - Peanut butter, tons of it. Like a Reeseís Peanut Butter Cup. Sweet milk chocolate, light on the bourbon, oak, caramels, expresso. All very rich and decadent on the nose.
T - Reeseís Peanut Butter Cups, chocolate, some dark fruit notes, oak, smooth bourbon character, coffee beans. I was really impressed how smooth and rich this was for 14%, very well-done. Bitter chocolate finish.
M - Full body, rich, thick, and creamy finish.
D - I never did get to try this on-tap, but I was very impressed with this out of the bottle. Def a top-notch -bal, no doubt about it. Still canít get over how easy this was to drink for 14%. Recommend.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes from a tasting held in April 2011. Thanks to Eric.
Aroma: bourbon, vanilla, dark stone fruits, roasted malts
Taste: roasted malts, vanilla, marshmallow
Overall: An amazing beer, rich and complex.
arkurzynski (1370) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to mikem409, Merry Christmas! Thick midnight pour with thin beige head. Big roast and cocoa with mostly toasted coconut bourbon nose. Roasted and patent malt, toasted coconut, bourbon, cocoa/semi-sweet chocolate, and some wood. Very smooth bourbon character. Feels surprisingly thin on the palate, but I think this is more due to the smooth flavor combination. Very little booze. Residual roasted malt/coffee and some bourbon. A little heat. Highly roast balanced just like the non-aged version.
jtclockwork (6919) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bulldogp04. Pours rich black with dirt brown head. Nose/taste of rich chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Very smooth and rich thick mouth feel.
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour from Dalzale, thanks Greg! Pour is a dark brown with very little head or lacing. Aroma is very booze forward, some roast, some chocolate, not a ton else. Taste on the other hand, is very complex, decadent even. Lots of sweet chocolate powder, caramel, vanilla, a touch of brown sugar. Fairly sweet. Nice beer
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. silver wax dipped bottle, 2011 vintage. Dense, viscous, and fudgy looking, the nearly black body is almost impenetrable by light. This is the darkest beer Iíve seen in some time. An initially moderate head of light brown to mocha colored froth settles quickly to a smooth, swirly surface patch with a thick gathering of bubbles at the edges. After each sip, viscous, drippy legging recedes, giving way to small, wet spots of lace.
The nose is decadent, yet delectable. The depth to which dark chocolate fudge is portrayed here is difficult to convey. Brownies swirled with caramel and walnuts also come to mind. The barrel application is incredibly smooth and unobtrusive here. Itís not overly woody or even the least bit alcoholic. Instead, the barrel imparts velvety, creamy vanilla and hints of coconut macaroon. In short, this stuff smells pretty incredible.
Flavors show many of the same general elements, though they arenít quite as well integrated as they are in the nose. I mean, the dark, rich fudge and nutty, caramel-laden brownie are there in force, but the barrel is also considerably more prominent and woody. There are some bittersweet dark cacao notes that come across a little more biting and earthen, and a nip of booze is detectable. Donít get me wrong, itís still incredibly well done as barrel-aged imperial stouts go, but compared to the nose, there are a few minor shortfalls.
The palate is creamy and airy for a 10%, heavily sugared brew, lifted up by soft, pillowy carbonation. Though there are obviously a hefty amount of residual sugars here, the relatively dry yeast and perfect carbonation do a good job of keeping it in check, or at least ushering it out quickly. Whatís left is a lingering, mouth coating sensation equivalent to what it feels like to have just swallowed a shot of coconut cream...and the aftertaste isnít far off from that either.
Overall, this is an incredibly well done barrel aged beer. You can search high and low, near and far, and you wonít find many example better than this. I generally hate the style these days, but this brew reminded me that when things are on point, they can be absolutely delicious.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz, silver waxed bottle courtesy of mikem409. thanks, mike! pours a silky, slightly viscous, jet black with a rich, brick-red, creamy head that has smooth retention and leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is absolutely outstanding with notes of rich oak barrel, bourbon, char, and dark chocolate backed by espresso, sweet raisins, figs, and a touch of port wine with subtle notes of graham cracker and coconut as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful as well with thick, roasted, charred malts, dark chocolate brownies, and toasted barrel notes up front backed by smooth bourbon, subtle vanilla, and coffee grinds with subtly sweet, dark fruits, toffee, and somoa cookies on the back end. palate is smooth and rich, maybe a bit thinner than some of the elite barrel aged imperial stouts, but retains a great balance and finishes with dry, woody, bourbon notes. overall, a truly great barrel aged imperial stout and i expected nothing less given the quality of the base beer.