Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notes from the first release - cork and cage. Aroma is very light with some smoky malts. Pours dark mahogany with a tan head. The flavors bring malty chocolate notes; roasted and bitter notes round it out as well.
hman43 (986) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours black with a dark brown head. It has aromas of bourbon, roast, chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, and hints of vanilla. There are chocolate flavors, bourbon, dark fruits, raisins, hints of vanilla, and a slight burnt taste. It has a heavy feel to it that is bitter and has plenty of alcohol warming.
katrinaez (1155) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Scent is heavy ripe black cherry and sweet tobacco cigars. Black with almost no head. Taste has nice boozy quality, but easy to drink. Not overly harsh. Mouth is good and full but again simple enough to not make you feel full. Bottle
JFGrind (1979) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well built full bodied malty Imperial Stout that is maximized flavors with barrel aging. Coffee, roast, vanilla and bourbon goodness. Not too boozy, just right for my palate.
dhatton (241) - 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 (355) - 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 (339) - 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 (1369) - 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 (821) - 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 (934) - 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 (537) - 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