italianjohn (2600) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a thin khaki head and thick striped lacing ...aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coconut, roasted malts, oak and vanilla .... tastes of caramel and roasted malts, light chocolate, coconut, dry oak, very light bourbon and vanilla .... has a nice chocolate coconut flavor with a good touch of vanilla and a bitter bite .... abv hidden well ... finishes dry oaky and chocolatey with a light lingering bitter bite .... solid bbl imperial definitely highly drinkable
dhatton (234) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light brown head with red flecks over a thick black body. Boozy aroma of molasses and leather. Rich chocolate and roasted malt taste. Warming finish with mild bitters.
BroadestTom (261) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma caramel, chocolate, roasty, vanilla, woody, bourbon,
Appearance black, brown foam,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate medium body, full body, average carbonation, eyE
Overall a nice wet bourbon wood taste that I would suggest to a friend
demannu (247) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick black pour with a cola colored head with a lasting small film. Big sweet bourbon, roasted coffee, and chocolate aroma. Smells delicious. Taste is dominated by bourbon with some vanilla and chocolate notes. Maybe a bit too boozy overall. Lighter mouthful than i expected. Smooth flat texture.
radio_nowhere (1258) - Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into tulip glass, opaque black color with dark tan head. Aroma notes of heavy roasted malt sweetness, chocolate, licorice, bourbon, vanilla, light coffee and some oak. Taste seems more bourbon barrel forward; mocha, malt chocolate, vanilla bean, dark dried fruits, caramel, wood char and booze. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, rich with lingering sweet, roasty chocolate finish. Quite enjoyed this, very chocolatey leaning barreled RIS.
furthur (546) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, black body some graham cracker colored head, nice lace. Aroma is huge vanilla, brown sugar and cookies, roasted barley, dried plums, molasses, whiskey, marschino cherries. Taste is vanilla and cherries, chocolate and bourbon, some oak, salt, black pepper, anise, citrus rind. This is sweet that quickly transitions to dry and whiskey. Pale is rich but not syrupy, carbonation subdued and soft. Finish is hoppy dry, but I kinda think a year in the cellar would really improve this by taking the edge off, it’s just a touch unbalanced, and the bourbon is a tad hot, but that cherry bourbon vanilla is so worth it! This is good!
mstrcrwly (787) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Brian..almost black pour with thin tan head..aroma of bourbon,wood,vanilla,licorice..tastes just like it smells.better as it warms..good stuff.
Voodoo (477) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque, near black with a dense chocolate head which lingered a bit.......aroma of black licorice, vanilla, coffee.....taste is boozey, licorice, touch of cardboard, touch of wine......not sure it’s all proper. Very thin for it’s dense appearance, finishing with little more than booze.....possible this bottle had issues
jake65 (3019) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a very dark brown, near black color with a thick brown head that fades off. Smells sweet, sort of intoxicating with vanilla and milk chocolate. Enough bourbon to compliment, but remain sweet. The taste is malty, chocolate, and a heavier emphasis on the bourbon barrel. A little bourbon heat on the back end, but no issues here. Very nice.
koleminer20 (1383) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle shared by Spencer, thanks! The pour is a darker brown bordering black with a frothy lighter khaki head and a decent amount of soapy, spotty lace. The aroma is lacking. There is a little bourbon up front moving through vanilla and into licorice and roasted malt. Quick transitions. The flavor is a little better but still makes me realize how thin it is. Light vanilla and then dominating licorice and roasty malt. There is a little barrel character on the far end, but I'm pretty disappointed. The mouth feel is thin and light. There is a minimal carbonation and it falls off quickly. The aftertaste is a little sweet. Some light chocolate notes but that is about it. Rather disappointing.
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SteveOrz85 (137) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased from local carry out specialty shop. 12 oz bottle into tulip. Black with dark frothy tan head which dissipates quickly. Sweet bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla and toffee. Taste is lightly sweet with light notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Well balanced, nothing overpowering. Awesome palate, medium bodied, creamy texture and soft carbonation with a long silky vanilla finish.
Although I have a few personal preferences in this style, this one is still high on my list. I will definitely pick it up again in the future. Overall great beer I would recommend to anyone interested in the style. Personally I am a fan of the style. Especially during January through March.