OldGrowth (2914) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8oz glass at Thirsty Monk downtown Asheville. Real good aroma, sweet, roasty. Good coffee, on the compost grounds side of things, chocolate milk. Brownish black color. Good head, spotty lace. Sweet bitter flavor. Medium body, light creamy smooth mouthfeel, roasty sweet finish. Darn good.. real good aroma, with coffee and chocolate, also in flavor, worth seeking out
DiarmaidBHK (3724) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Sams quick stop. Pours black with a thin brown head which leaves a lot of lacing. Massive coffee and chocolate on the nose. I could smell this one from a foot away and it was fantastic. Lots of chocolate and malt and coffee on the to the. Finishes clean. Brilliant!
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Uber Tavern. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Smell is awesome, strong coffee and a bit of nuttiness. Taste is smooth coffee roast, bitter the whole way through. Very nice beer, masks the alcohol very well, wish there was more chance to try this.
JStax (3774) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a brandy snifter. Appearance is a dark, dense black with a thick khaki colored head of foam. The aroma is very dense coffee. Thatís really about all there is to the aroma. The taste is intense, dark roasted coffee with perhaps a touch of chocolate sweetness going on. The bourbon barrel was very muted in this beer, pretty much exactly how I like it. It played more of a secondary or tertiary role in the beer, and I canít think of a better place for it. Very tasty.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was release 4, a meek 11.1% of a beer. Pours black, with a slight, but lasting tan head. Aroma starts off heavy coffee, but as it warms, it melds into an interesting mix of dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and faint booze. The flavor is initially chocolate and vanilla, moving into espresso liquor, more vanilla, and then a warming, woody and bourbon finish. Surprisingly not rough. Perhaps it is because I havenít really had one in a long time, but this is striking me as a top notch coffee imperial stout, with the barrel treatment done just the way I like it - present, but just adding a note to the beer as opposed to overwhelming it. Full bodied and yummy.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Big and black. Pours a deep black color with a minimal tan head. Whiskey in the nose straight away alon with some roast and chocolate. Heavy mouthfeel. Meh, the taste is ok. Very whiskey heavy and not too much else. Blah, not my bag.
anders37 (19334) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee finish.
BubOhioBeer (3) - - AUG 15, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The beer is pitch black. Smells of cocoa and booze. Heavy chocolate from the cocoa nibs. Perfect carbonation delivers a buttery alcohol blast.
---Rated via @BubOhioBeer
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Both bourbon barrel and coffee stouts are among my favorite styles. This one merges them to perfection in my opinion. Iím not sure why this beer hasnít garnered more attention. I think it definitely deserves it. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys these styles and I will absolutely be seeking more out myself if/when given the opportunity. Fantastic!
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from GT2, thanks GT. Pours very dark brown almost black with a light tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate and coffee with some light caramel and bourbon. Flavor is rich, smooth dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee and some very light alcohol/bourbon character. Full body with soft carbonation. Really nice Imp stout that is big on the coffee and chocolate, not much bourbon/barrel character though.