BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in trade. Excited for this one. Pours thick, viscous pitch black with a little more than a finger of dark brown head that settles creamy espresso colored. Beautiful aroma of anise, roast, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is very sweet as expected, with a surprising amount of anise/licorice up front, chocolate covered raisins, some coffee roastiness, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, and some definite oxidized metallic flavors. Bourbon is very smooth, and the booze here is extremely smooth. Huge body, beefed up even from the base version, with medium low carbonation. Everything about this is really nice, but the metallic note is more present than most any other beer I've tried, and that makes me sad because it does take away from the rich dessert flavor that is in here. Don't get me wrong, it's really good, but I would like to try this again some time, hopefully with a bottle that doesn't have these qualities.
tectactoe (2343) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: To the dome. Completely black & oily; thick, inky. No head forms, just a small tan ring that comes alive around the edge of the abyss. This shit smells wonderful. Like an oatmeal cookie dessert lathered in chocolate bourbon sauce. Spicy oak, dark cacao, light brown sugar, fudge morsels, bourbon soaked wood, barrel vanillin, Hershey’s syrup, charred oats, & some light raisiny, dark fruit notes towards the back. Very rich, complex, & delicate; boozy brownie batter. Taste is pretty boozy; not overly so, but it’s quite warm & robust. 11.5% ABV barrel aged stout, GO FIGURE. I get a lot more of that Hershey’s chocolate syrup vibe, very dense & fudgy with huge chocolate notes left & right. Toasted oatmeal cookies, bourbon, raisins, lightly sharp tannins, faint molasses, a bit of vanilla, & a roasted, charred nuttiness that lingers on the palate for a while. Nice mouth coating of chocolate & bourbon. Slightly thin mouth feel given how huge the beer is in every other aspect. A great stout. I sincerely might like the original version better, if only because it has a modestly richer presentation of flavors & is ever-so-slightly more drinkable. But this is a must-try.
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by portableparty! Dark black pour, little ring of carbonation and a strong bourbon and high end chocolate nose. Flavor is also really nice meld of Godiva chocolate, mildly aggressive bourbon and finished a bit bitter. Really nice and worth picking up at any price.
mar (4960) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a khaki head. Nose is vanilla, wood, light alcohol, bourbon, chocolate great. Smooth palate, chocolate, vanilla, chewy malts, wood, alcohol and a great finish.
popery (1455) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours black with a very small dark brown head. Low carbonation is evident. The existing head dissipates fairly quickly. Looks fairly thick. The aroma is full of rich chocolate and sweet bourbon flavors. Mild roast. Caramel, vanilla, light oak, toffee, fudge, dark and milk chocolate, cocoa powder. Mild booze, which just adds to it. Comes together really nicely. Taste is sweet. Tons more fudgey chocolate with perfectly integrated bourbon. Light fruitiness. Carbonation is low. Smooth, full mouthfeel. This is a really nice bourbon barrel aged stout. The stout and bourbon barrel flavors work together well very well. There isn’t too much of any particular flavor, and I like a low roast character. Great stuff.
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out shitloads of bourbon barrels, vanilla, and cocoa – very complex. Flavour is very complex, with loads of vanilla, bourbon and cocoa. Very layered and robust, leaving cocoa and vanilla notes. The barrels add a wonderful element, but I still think I prefer the original Imperial Biscotti Break. Excellent.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serving: Bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours an inky black with a robust head. Equally robust is the nose. Slightly boozy bourbon notes greet me with plenty of roasted malt, slight earth, dark chocolate, and a slight nuttiness. Bourbon, oak, roasted malt, vanilla, and earthy chocolate end with a warming finish on the tongue. Full bodied and delicious. Certainly one of the better beer’s I’ve had lately.
Marheb (2302) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Une marre chocolatée, caramélisée qui respire le bourbon chaud tranchant mais sans frayeur tannique. Le liquide est tapisse, sans surprise, comme la régulière, à peine aminci par le vieillissement.
vtafro (3828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak and sweet sugar aromas. Flavors are sweet desserts malts, some oak and bourbon tones.
knickskicks (764) - - SEP 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, pretty incredible stuff. Black pour, thick brown head. Huge chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose. Taste is big vanilla and doughy chocolate cookie. So smooth, thick mouthfeel.