50belair (3167) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 750ml, 2010 vintage. Black pour with a small tan head. Bourbon and chocolate nose. Vinous with big cabernet, deep roasted malt, and bourbon notes. Good, but maybe not what the brewer intended.
jrob21 (3163) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 from a trade a while back. Lots of bourbon and wood in the aroma. Bourbon comes through mostly in the flavor and adding on a little bit of vanilla. Dark fruit flavors. As it warms you get a bit more of the stout. Really nice smooth chocolate and roasty coffee malt. Cherry and berry fruit bursts late in the palate. A little too boozy but otherwise pretty nice.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: thanks to Jeff for my first bottle of this. Black hole black, thick pour, insanely dark, tan head with tiny bubbles forms slowly on top. Looks like 5W-20 that was due for a change 5,000 miles ago. Aroma is mind-blowing with the most smooth bourbon & oak character Iíve encountered. Heavy fudge & cocoa beans, vanilla, light coconut, smooth bourbon, wet oak & wood, deeply roasted malts, brown sugar, & a creamy coffee undertone. Distinct, wonderful, complex... The taste is no different. Creamy, smooth mouth feel with light syrup & sweet molasses up front. Warming bourbon comes through big, but is literally the smoothest induction of bourbon into a beer that Iíve tasted. Oak, vanilla, faint nuttiness, dark fudge, bittersweet cocoa, a touch of ripe dates, roasted coffee, a mild milkiness, & a good amount of brown sugar. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, brown sugar, & coffee in a lovely, mouth coating finish. The best bourbon barrel aged beer Iíve had, bar none. This is how itís done, folks.
jake65 (3125) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. My first taste of the night, this was a solid opener. Near black pour and small brown head. Nose is bourbon, espresso, and chocolate malt. Heavy roast and espresso, lighter in vanilla and some bourbon. It hints at woody, but overall very smooth.
Reynolds314 (3105) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
YES! This is a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Aroma was outrageous with loads of vanilla oak and roast. The taste is lucious and amazingly rich and medium sweet with a dry roasty finish. Want more.
umich03jm (3104) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle from trade with rayl101. Pours dark black in color with a small dark brown head that fades quickly. Aromas is delicious. Subtle bourbon, sweet rich chocolate, caramel, light roast, soy sauce, and light tobacco. Taste is amazingly balanced for a BB imperial stout. All of the aromas come through at different times. Silky smooth finish, slightly boozy. Fairly thick mouthfeel. Great imperial stout. Really excited to see what could happen with a couple years in the cellar on this. Thanks Kevin!
Marsiblursi (3070) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours black with dark brown head. The aroma holds medium dark chocolate, caramel, smooth bourbon (coconut and vanilla), tobacco, dark fudge, blueberry jam and hints of toasted nuts. The flavor is light to medium sweet, near medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of creamy chocolate, perfect, roast, coconut fudge, vanilla ice cream, blueberry jam and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is round, soft, smooth and light firey with a light carbonation. Balanced yet aggressive finish. Medium to full bodied.
Damico (3053) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2012 Pours dark thick chocolate black with a big creamy caramel head and great head retention ( even in a sampler glass). The aroma has notes of creamy toffee and coffee smooth bourbon blended so well. The delicious flavors of smooth bourbon with no alcohol bit and fresh roasted malts shine through excellently on a creamy full body - absolutely awesome.
tgncc (3048) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is very subtle bourbon, chocol(e, vanilla. Tthe appearance is dark black, thin head. The flavor is chopcolate, vaniilla, lightly more bourbon. Medium in body, thinner than expected. The finish is sweet, light bourbon, light roast, pine. Booze burn after a few seconds. Nice overall.
keepersj12 (3019) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with no head. The beer coats the glass as you swirl it. The aroma is full of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roast malt and a bit of coffee. The flavor has all of these in various amounts. This beer is best a little warm. I had this on the sidewalk at Hawthornes during Philly Beer Week.