beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, - OCT 1, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 100th Imperial Stout rating. Pours a pitch black color with a nice tan head. Aroma is super complex, I get lots of barrel character, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, roasted malt, prunes, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, molasses and fudge. The flavor follows the nose with tons of barrel character, the bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon soaked raisins, prunes, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco, cocoa nibs, dark caramel, fudge, molasses and dark chocolate. Wow this is soooooo complex!! The body is full with a sticky and creamy mouth feel. By far the best Imperial Stout I have had, and probably one of my all time favorite beers!
deekyn (579) - Yosemite, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 6,073. Finally pulled this one out of the cellar. A- heavy black pour but not as viscous as I would have expected. Very minimal dark tan head and absent any real lacing. S- loud grains and toasted malts first. Bourbon, licorice, cacao follow. Baked pie crust, dates, chocolate covered raisins, rich vanilla, toffee, peanut brittle, jiffy puff marshmallows, brown sugar, maple syrup and a vanilla creme brûlée. Some faint earthiness. As it warms, alcohol begins to overpower. Just a symphony of aromas. M- a medium to heavy body for such a beer, with a dry, full palate and a mild but efficient stinging carbonation. T- bourbon, vanilla, toasted marshmallow and a tangy cacao to start. Alcohol, grains, graham cracker crust, pancakes and delectable maple syrup are next. Charred oak, licorice, brown sugar, chocolate and dates fill the middle. The entire taste flows from one period to the next with the long mild ending, consisting of more grain, brown sugar, sweet malts, toasted sesame seeds, and tangy cacao, continuing the trend of smoothness.
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5000 (5000) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle: † WTF am I going to say that over 300 people before me havenít said. † How about this? † I have bottle #2018, bottled on 11/19/2010. † I could go into the looks, aroma, and taste... but why bother. † This is the 4th best beer on ratebeer. † What do I think? † I think I am going to drink this whole thing without sharing it with anybody because its that good. † Thatís what I think. † I just realized I cannot just type about this beer, I need to put in some f*cking numbers. † Yup, see that, I just put in those numbers you see above. † Yeah, this one is the tits. † 4, 9, and 19 never looked so good! † Donít try and argue with me. † I have more 3s, 8s, and 18s that you wouldnít ever know what to do with, but they donít f*cking belong here. † Donít question 5000.
ICEatALAMO (587) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Finally a beer that has lived up to the hype. The pour is dark with some head. The aroma is blissful, not overpowering bourbon, but enough to warm your nose. The taste is the smoothest beer I have ever had. Never had it fresh, but the bourbon is mellow, but has tons of flavor. Finishes perfectly smooth. Canít say enough about this beer, finally a 5.0!
acearl (347) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black thick pour with virtually no brown head, smells of molasses, malt,
vanilla extract and of course the bourbon barrel, thick texture, a sweet bread, complex with many flavors, only negative is that it is a concentrate type of composition.
rxeight (483) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at GI 25th block party. Pour is midnight black, no head. Aroma of very easy bourbon. Taste is very similar to the standard bourbon county. Not on the bourbon as the í12 i had the other night. I guess the real difference is that this is much smoother, possibly the smoothest bourbon stout ive tried. However, the beer had zero carbonation. Not sure if it was due to the age or the keg. Overall ths was a very fine bourbon stout, just doesnt have much to seperate it from the regular bourbon county or justify the insane price it commands on the secondary market.
Vaiz (2708) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZeeBra Extreme Beer Festival 2013. Pitch black pour. Aroma is huge leathery bourbon, some alcohol, vanilla. A bit overpowered. Flavor is extreme bourbon, envision myself sitting in the wild west, in some old saloon with some rich cowboy smoking a huge cigar and drinking this ages old bourbon in front of me. Exquisite, but a tiny bit too much for me.
davey101 (513) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quick notes. 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle #2209, bottled on 11/19/2010. Huge thanks to Doug for slaying my number one want by sharing a pour with me!
Appearance wise it is identical to BCBS, no surprise there. Having never had the 2008 vintage which this beer is using, I can say its awfully similar to how the 2009 vintage is drinking now. There is a stronger vanilla presence and it is smoother and mellower than the standard beer. Just loads of chocolate, charred malt, and rich and decadent bourbon. It drinks far too easily, which is sad considering how elusive it is now. A marginal improvement over standard BCBS, but when that is your favorite beer it truly does matter. Such a beautiful beer that Iím glad to have finally tried.
dEnk (2681) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZeeBra. Aroma is huge bourbon, banilla, wood, liquorice and more bourbon. Flavour is big boozy nourbon, liquorice, roast vanilla and more. Too boozy imho, prefer the other versions.
jhogan4 (246) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Steve - thanks, Iíve been wanting to try this one. Shared San Diego style, in the parking lot of a baseball game. Pours dark black with minimal head. Nose is vanilla and bourbon. Taste is very sweet vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit (I could swear I tasted raspberry). Balanced. Full bodied and smooth. Probably the best beer Iíve ever tried.
kraddel (917) - deurne, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
oooooooooooooow yeah! ZEBF 13
pours black, no foam.
very much bourbon in the smell, as well as a íswimming pool scentí ( water-ish ??? ) soft carbo. just like the regular, but the bourbon tastes better, iíd admit that. so better than i thought, but for me, its just overkill again ..