RussianDragon (574) - - AUG 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle shared by Huhzubendah, many thanks Matt! Pours an opaque black with light barely passing on the rim. A wisp of tan head lingers on the meniscus. Aroma is massive and overwhelming - roasted malt, oak, vanilla, caramel, slight coconut, and baker’s chocolate. Flavor is same, full bodied with sweet viscous mouthfeel. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a flavor intense enough to completely mask the alcohol. Full bodied, muted carbonation, and roasty bittersweet chocolate finish.
XaenDovet (1202) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Thanks GothGargoyle! Brilliantly dark oil with a floating thick brown rope. Aroma is vanilla, lots of bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Taste is very bourbon-vanilla sweetness, and intense coffee bitterness. Crazy long, creamy, dry finish. Gritty.
GothGargoyle (1598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a good sized brown head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, sweet and complex on the palate, hint of tasty bourbony booze on the finish. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, biscotti. Yum.
decaturstevo (5394) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown/black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is huge chocolate, coffee, BB, and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet chocolate, coffee, nice abv warmth, and bourbonish. A touch of vanilla as well. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. solid as a rock
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma: cookie dough, toasted almonds, caramel and chocolate milk (bit similar to KBS on the nose--smells can be deceiving) appearance: dark brown with mocha head that dissipates quickly. taste: sweet chocolate and vanilla and alcohol burn dominate. bit of a red winey note in there, too. final note is bitter coffee and bakers chocolate, with a returning wisp of alcohol breath; not as sweet as I thought it’d be, but barrel presence isn’t as pronounced as I’d like it. palate: sticky, lively carb fizz on mouth. dry finish.
Reynolds314 (2760) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a winner. Pours black with brown big bubble head. Aroma is rich cocoa almond, toffee, vanilla, and cinnamon. Thinner then expected but super tasty with no boozyness and great rich sweetness and spicy barrel.
Ernesto987 (4451) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bomber, tons of rich rich roasty flavors, the barrel influence is moderate, a slow sipper for sure. Again, evil twin shows they really know how to barrel age a beer
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours like motor oil, inky black, dark as dark can be, with barely any head. The aroma is daunting ... rife with rich roast and chewy, dried fruit. This drinks with some really full flavor, but is surprisingly easy for 11.5% -- dangerously delicious. (#5602, 8/2/2014)
GenDV138 (2887) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Jet black with half a finger of tan head. Aromas of sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel, cookie bits, vanilla. Tastes of sweet bourbon, bits of dark fruit, dark chocolate, roast, caramel, a bit of oak. Full body with a dry finish. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Medium-low carbonation. Tasty, the barrel aging really changes up the base beer.
superspak (3227) - Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, vanilla, toast, toffee, molasses, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruits, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, molasses, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, dark fudge, vanilla, toast, toffee, molasses, bourbon, oak, nuttiness, light dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely insane complexity and perfect balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roast bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, smooth, and luscious mouthfeel that is insane. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class barrel aged imperial coffee stout. All around insane complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely sublime offering.