LarryBeast (565) - - APR 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 Deep, dark and aggressive. Thick and roasty, pours like intergalactic molasses. More coffee than chocolate, but with notes of sweetness and a hint of bourbon that helps carry the high alcohol content beautifully. I wish this wasn’t limited to just being a seasonal offering and am already marking off the days until next year’s version comes out.
UPDATE: 2013 was worth the wait. Dark fruits stand out a little more, as does the bourbon and the oak.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as night. Almost no head. Very rich malty aroma. Chocolate coffee and roasted malt. The flavour is fantastic as well. Very rich and bold. Complex with a very long finish. Coffee chocolate, fruit and licorice. I sure am glad I didn’t have to use the deflector dish to open this singularity.
Hungover (2) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really enjoyed the hell out of this beer. Rich rich rich and smooth. Its all chocolate when it hits the tongue then the bourbon finish really completes the journey. Im not a stout guy at all, but I bought several. Its roasty, its toasty.
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.
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
crossovert (8484) - 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.
DutchDrebus (4473) - 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.
Countbeer (4973) - 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!
Martinus (3438) - 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!)
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, out of my trusty Maudite glass. Shared with Cole. Pours obsidian black, thin tan head, lacing is spotty to good. Nose is vanilla, coconut, very typical Bourbon barrelled stout aroma. Lots of cocoa and roasted marshmallow. Flavours of cocoa powder and coconut, tart fruit, much less sweet than the nose suggested; also a shade lighter than I expected; medium to lighter bodied for an Imperial Stout, which is surprising. A stout that is world-class on the nose, and just barely fails to deliver on the palate. Overall a frontrunner for best BA stout in Canada.