BMan1113VR (7382) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a basically black hued body with a large and lasting tan head. Aromas are of coffee, huge roast, chocolate, nougat, light barrel, ashy, woody and sesame seeds. Aromas are of black or blueberries, mild fruity acidity, brown sugar, tannin, mild barrel, lightly boozy, oak, brandy, bourbon vanillin, medium bubbles, dried dates, light acidity, rich tannin.
AgentSteve (1613) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown pour with a thin dark tan head. Full, chocolate and vinous fruit nose and flavor. Full mouthfeel and dry finish.
joeneugs (2147) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Beer Rev. It pours dark brown with a brown head. The aroma is dark and roasted with some hints of tart berries. The flavor is nice if a bit solventy with some strong notes of blackberries and alcohol. The roast comes in a bit in the finish. Not bad, just lacks the punchy flavor you’d expect from a brandy barrel aged impy stout.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. ABV listed as 10.5% and said Bourbon Barrel aged, but tastes more like Brandy. Black beer with a thin dark tan head. Acetic/sour aroma with dark fruit and light brandy. Sour/acetic flavor with dark fruit and light brandy/bourbon. Medium bodied. Sour/acetic notes linger with dark fruit, light dark malts, and light barrel notes.
ngeunit1 (1550) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Served a dark reddish color with a finger of red-tan head atop. The head faded down fairly quickly leaving behind lots of lacing on the glass.
S - The aroma is a mix of equal parts boozy Brandy and rich roasted sweet caramel malts. There is also just a bit of apple mixed in.
T - Starts off with some Brandy and apple flavors followed by the sweet roasted caramel malts. Well balanced right off the bat. Through the middle, the caramel malts get a bit stronger and a bit of booze flavor kicks in. The finish is a nice mix of Brandy and caramel malts with just a bit of chocolate joining in.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Felt smooth and fairly lively on the tongue. The finish is a mix of sweet and boozy elements.
D - Very drinkable. The balance here of Imperial Stout flavors and the contributions from the Brandy barrel aging is quite good.