neuromatt (1106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. 22 oz bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside Elijah Craig 12 year. Pours black with a moderate tan head that remains and leaves lots of fine lace. The nose has big molasses and caramel malts along with chocolate, oak, bourbon and a touch of licorice. The flavour is roasty-malty with herbal hops and a touch of pine. The finish is long, roasty and slightly hoppy. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout; the bourbon is quite subtle but it adds a nice degree of complexity. 2013-11-22
pushkinwow (1966) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opened at the end of year Ottawa tasting, 2011 bottle via Capones. Black with a faint light mocha head. Surprisingly smooth, lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, very nice to drink and glad I could share it with everyone.
rejtable (1236) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bourbon with lots of vanilla, also almost a cigar hint in there. Pours dark with a ruby edge and light head. Taste big sweet and medium bitter. Big alcohol burn. Wow!
JStax (2857) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle shared by a generous soul. Dark brown to black with a khaki head. Big bourbon, vanilla notes and roast. Some licorice as well. Sweet and boozy.
Lubiere (9789) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, nice bitter chocolate with good coffee notes, herbal hops, burned malt, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, so smooth, well balanced, sweet chocolate malt with caramel, coffee, bourbon, very nice. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.
Johnsense (762) - - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle. Pitch black pour, a baby finger of head. Bourbon and roast on the nose. Barrel is integrated well here, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Very smooth, not overly boozy and no alcohol burn. Full body with lighter carbonation.
drfabulous (3854) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a shared 22 ounce bottle. Creamy chocolate pour and taste. Big bourbon nose and taste. Very rich.
Blairgus (2566) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
11 oct 2013, bottle. 2011 purple wax edition. Black. Nose is oaky and cherries, alcohol, bitter chocolate. Med body and mildy fizzy. Bitter chocolate, delicious sugary syrup, big alcohol. Awesome.
umich03jm (1865) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 22 oz bottle. BR 1, 2012 bottle. Opened in honor of the Breaking Bad finale. Pours pitch black with a small frothy head that fades to a ring. Great aroma of musty oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, tobacco, and molasses. Taste is moderately sweet and boozy. Lots of bourbon barrel flavor but it’s not harsh at all. Chocolate and caramel come through nicely, especially in the finish. Medium to thick body. This is a really good, smooth, boozy sipper. Nice balance in flavors.
Rando7 (730) - Iowa, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours brown black with thin tan head. Aroma bourbon, roast, malts. Taste follows with malts, roast, a little coffee and chocolate, slight oak. Finish mild roast and oak, bourbon. Palate a bit thin, nice alcohol burn, slight carbonation. Very nice, a little fuller palate would have pushed it higher.