tom10101 (2844) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (650 ml). 2012 vintage. From gothgargoyle, thanks! Black with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol and very light bourbon presence. Taste is moderately sweet with roasted malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate and alcohol. Again, the bourbon presence is really mild. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Not very complex for a bourbon barrel aged RIS, but not offensive either. The bourbon is really hard to find. A tad too boozy. Ok RIS.
Martinus (2859) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour, red hue, beige head. Aroma of cacao, caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, lots of cacao. Sweet flavour, light sour touch, cacao, chocolate milk. Full body, quite warm, alcoholic finish, lingering chocolate. Not really getting the Bourbon notes (personally I just get a hint of vanilla), but a more than nice beer nonetheless!
(From 66cL bottle @ ZZT-ish VIII / BBT I. Thanks for sharing, Countbeer!)
dfearnley (973) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Oak, bourbon, vanilla, earthworms, and caramel...what an aroma. Dark brown, tan head. Taste is not as expected with all that was going on In the aromatics...Oak, sugar, some bitterness. Medium light body...a bit thin for a stout.
Ferris (4342) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Roast dark malts, cherry and anise. Jet black with a persistent brown head. Bitter dark chocolate, rich dark malts and a bit of oak. Surprisingly little bourbon or vanilla sweetness. Nice rich balanced beer.
Countbeer (4483) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2013 Bottle@ZZT8: BBT1: Vintage 2012:
Brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas like honey, roasted malts, liquorice and chocolate.
Flavours of roast, chocolate, mocha, bitter, light liquorice and yeast.
Aftertaste is bitter, coffee, chocolate.
Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, fulll body!
Sorry, gonna enjoy!
DutchDrebus (4071) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT8:BBT1. Pitch black, small brown head. Smells chocolate, sweet, muffin.. Amazing. Tastes liquorice, sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, ash. Full body, silky, soft carbo.
solidfunk (4029) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty well done. My major mistake was drinking this after an expedition stout, but it still holds up pretty well. Initial malt smell a tiny bit off like a few Ontario I-stouts I’ve had recently. The bourbon is pretty evident here, with some booze, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finishes all bourbon with some boozy sweetness. Pours black with good mocha head and lacing. Texture creamy and slick. Has a little spice in the end as well. 2013 bottle.
crossovert (7443) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth, but big and bold. Bourbon comes through but it is the huge choclate stout base that wins.
manisthebeer (240) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nearly broke my glass this beer is damn dense poured it black as black then let it sit for about twenty min came back crawling with crazy smells of wood and bourbon, vanilla, roasty low carb slight bitter at first then i got into it and every sip gives you a different taste then you get the vanilla coffee maybe or dark choc. GOOOOOOOOOD BEEEEEEER
Lazerlobe (15) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big chocolate and barrel, heat noticeable at the time. Hangs easily with other big imperial stouts.