Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Opened a bottle of 2008. Most of the bourbon has gone. The aroma is still a big bold stout with caramel, malt and some coffee but the bourbon is absent. Taste is sweet roasted malt, coffee, molasses and some bourbon. Very mellowed. No alcohol. Very little carbonation left but the heavy mouthfeel remains. It’s still excellent but I think past it’s prime. Bottle says it ages for 5 years but 2-3 is best in my experience.
birabirabira (3) - - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 09/11/2012, drunk at home.
Smell is slightly boozy, dark chocolate and coffee with slight caramel notes. Midnight brown, no head, far from motor oil in density.
T: Wow. Starts out with milk chocolate that turns darker and darker as time goes on and eventually fades into some really nice coffee notes. The bourbon lingers at the edges throughout, bringing nice flavours through it all.
P: An experience you need to try to understand. Amazingly complex, stays around for quite a while.
Overall one of the best beers I’ve had the pleasure to sample. I think it’s my last bottle, sadly.
OwainTurner (315) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Powerful bourbon aroma with dark stout. Pitch black with dark tan head, dies quick. Taste is percent, bourbon and dark coffee stout. Perfect beer.
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle. Pours black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, roast, dark chocolate and hazelnut. Flavor is dark coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, figs, dates, booze. Finish is boozey, roasted, coffeeish, black cherry. Lingering molasses flavor. Thick body, soft, oily mouthfeel, weak carbonation. Wow.
zacgillbanks (2272) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rainhall Drinks, Barnoldswick. 2008 Edition drank in 2014: Inky black with ruby red highlights and no head at all. It has a thick, oily mouthfeel with a very rich chocolate, liquorice and oak-whisky flavour, toasted vanilla and a very powerful warming alcoholic chocolate and whisky finish.
Whatup14 (708) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Je me gâte pour mon 700e rating! Bouteille 355ml, 2013, gracieuseté de biere_froide, merci Yannick! Couleur noire comme la nuit, mince collet de mousse moka fuyante. Arôme d’alcool, malt torréfié, boisé, noix de pécan. Goût de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat noir, boisé, pointe de vanille, très sucré. Carbonatation faible, corps très dense, presque "mâchable", huileuse. Superbe stout impériale.
bartlebier (1651) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle courtesy of CHI tasting crew 2013, shared @Tristate Tasting II, Freiburg. 2013 edition if I remember correctly. - Vanilla and dark chocolate fig compote perfectly contained by suave, near-leathery bourbon barrel tannins and make for very easy sipping. Lush dried berry aromas and dried toffee escape from the contained velvet creamy dark mass of all-encompassing vanilla bourbon as it warms. Late gentle hops join in the sweet butterscotch finish to round off this elegant, yet nearly mono-purpose dessert treat. #1600
PhilJackson80 (308) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Tasted on 8/7/14. Beer from my brother In law Chae thanks!!! Vintage 2009. The beer pours to a rich deep black color with almost no head. The aroma is overpowering with bourbon with slight coco & licorice. The taste is very rich & extremely complex. You get the bourbon on the front end followed by a rich chocolate & dark fruits finish. You really have sip on this one to enjoy it.
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furthur (167) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour, 2013 vintage, black body with a ring of espresso colored foam. Aroma is raisin, dried plum, cherry, molasses, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is plum, raisin, cherry, BIG vanilla (but not that fake burnt flavor, good, rich, oaky), bourbon, molasses, black coffee, black malt. Palate is rich, but not syrupy, carbonation subdued. Warming, but not boozy, sweet initially, but the bitter finish is nearly perfect contrast. Just ever so slightly too sweet to be perfect.
Mark_Eck (656) - - AUG 2, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak, and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a wonderfully long and lingering aftertaste.
Stuu666 (2160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, aroma and taste of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, bourbon.