thepatrickman (530) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes (10/20/15). Bottle shared by Jeremy at Earth Eagle members’ party. An immense amount of bourbon flavor is in this beer, which only makes a rich beer even richer, considering how full bodied and full flavored the original EMJ is. Very good, but I’m glad I shared the bottle -- this would have killed my liver and my taste buds if I’d taken it down myself!
raoul_duke (235) - - JAN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The nose on this outstanding. Coffee and bourbon. Lots of alcohol on the front, nice coffee flavor. The booze is a bit outrageous.
markducommun (801) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark opaque brown, tan head. Espresso, molasses. Light spice, sweet. Long oily finish, heavy. Good.
b3shine (7655) - Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a very slightly translucent dull black with bubbly tan lacing. Smells of dark malt, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a bit of bourbon booziness and oxidation. Tastes like it smells with a smooth but warming medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Good beer.
fjb (38) - BRAZIL - AUG 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
excelent exemplar of bourbon barrel aging. complex, good alcohol, warmth. chocolate, cofee, nuts.
pressboxjoe (382) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. No head on pour for this pitch black beer but developed a ring being carried from room to room. Smell of ruined hops. Taste of licorice, molasses, prunes, raisins, cherries, chocolate.
superspak (4224) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2014. Pours dense pitch black color with no head and a thin ring of bubbles. Minimal lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, dark bread, fudge, raisin, prune, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, and roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, dark bread, fudge, raisin, prune, leather, soy sauce, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, smoke/char, and roast/oaky earthiness. Good amount of roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, dark bread, fudge, raisin, prune, leather, soy sauce, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, moderately slick, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warming lingering after the finish; but it’s not boozy. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV and lacking carbonation. A highly enjoyable offering.
vtafro (5905) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black pour with tan head. Bourbon, chocolate and roasted sweet aromas. Flavors are smooth, chocolate, oak, vanilla and toffee with a touch of bourbon.
Art (2846) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HOTB. Pours a dark brown black with no head. Aroma is vanilla, bacon?, smoke, cocoa powder, light dark fruits. Freakin awesome aroma. Taste is sweet with a slight bourbon heat. Thick mouthfeel. Goes down very smooth. Rivals BCBS.
jkwood04 (5165) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon and oak and booze, some chocolate and vanilla and light coffee, plus some hints of dark fruits. Flavor the same with a lot of booze. Thick texture. An unique beer but not that enjoyable because of the booziness.