umich03jm (3299) - 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!
50belair (3252) - 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.
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, 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 (3236) - 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.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks so much Sean for sharing the rarity. Big bourbon and roast umami nose. Lots of vanilla and the cherry-pit-like aspect I attribute to the oak barrel. I always enjoy it when it shows up in the aroma. Tight, creamy, and complex. Not really and rough edges. I think the barrel presence is a little strong, but it works in there pretty well. The snappy, bittersweet roast edge is really satisfying. I think this is up there just behind the best of the best of barrel-aged imperial stouts. I appreciate the lack of sweetness and dry, sharp finish. Warming.
markextrae (3199) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2015 shared a vintage 2011 bottle with a friend. poured dark black with a small mocha head. a lot of lacing on the side of the glass. dark chocolate, toffee, bourbon, marzipan, some faint dark soaked bourbon fruits. intense taste. dark chocolate, dark malts, vanilla, oak, very small hint of coconut, real smooth. this realy kills a lot of the bourbon stout from some big names!
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Deep opaque brown/black body, thin dark brown head. Nose of buttery oak and bourbon with charred, roasted malts and chocolate. Plummy, chocolaty body with roasted malts, dark fruit, grape, molasses, and roasted marshmallows, accentuated by firm, buttery oak and bourbon. Modest prickly alcohol heat. Complex, buoyant, and exquisite. One of the finest beers I have enjoyed this summer.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich bourbon nose with lots of chocolate, lots of roast and a bit of coffee. The taste is sweet, moderately bitter, rather balanced. There’s a good amount of warmth, but it’s well conditioned. Lots of coconut-y bourbon, lots of roast and gobs of chocolates. Finish is warm and just a tad rough and unrefined. Quite delicious.
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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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 I’ve had, bar none. This is how it’s done, folks.
Damico (3119) - 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.