mikedR (728) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We did a taste testing of five different 50-50 2012 stouts. For the base stout, it’s quite frankly superb. Pours black, with a beautiful yellowish-white froth. Some coffee notes, little bitterness, but the predominating flavor is roasted malt.
Of the five, this and two others were in my second tier. Quite good, mind you, but very bourbony in flavor. If you enjoy a bourbon-infused stout, you can’t go wrong with this. The Evan Williams was the most "balanced" of the three, in that the bourbon flavor was present and near constant throughout.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber - thanks Ryan! Deep cola / dark brown pour. Smaller frothy head. Nice whiskey/bourbon nose with roasty malts. Smooth palate. Chocolate and roast coffee taste. Awesome.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle shared by a friend for his birthday. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Malty and chocolatey nose with whiskey, vanilla and some roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with big booze before a dry, roasty and boozy finish.
JBoan (167) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep ink black with mocha head. Aroma is big bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and leather. Taste is bourbon, oak, chocolate and roasted coffee. Full bodied bold stout that is a little rough big a great enjoyable beer.
Garlic_of_Doom (307) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 vintage, thanks Oregonskibum!
Pours black with a light brown head which rests down to a ring around the edge of the glass and a oily ring on the surface.
Nose has bourbon, wood, slight alcohol and a lot of raisin.
Taste has bourbon, dry dark chocolate, raisins, slight alcohol and a peppery/spicy note.
Full body, low carbonation, Mouth feel is smooth at first, then dry.
After taste is really long, dry/woody and bitter.
Very nice example of a well balanced barrel aged stout.
peteinSD (1175) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
’10 Evan Williams. Miniscule paint swirl of tan foam after an aggressive pour. Slightest ebb of sparse carbonation but enough to give some definition. Smells phenomenal with deep, warm bourbon, sweet rich malt, marshmallow, vanilla, minor coconut, oak, and chocolate. Taste follows the aroma and is well balanced for the most part. Viscous and silky in the mouth with some lingering stickiness as it warms. In both the aroma and taste I am reminded of some of my favorite aspects of Lost Abbey’s BA Santa’s Little Helper (rich, lingering bourbon of the ’10), BA Blackout (the way the bourbon smoothly glides through the sweet, chocolate malt from start to finish), and Firestone Walker 14 (the marshmallow sweetness in particular). Perhaps this bottle needs a bit more time but the only drawback IMHO is that the bourbon tends to dominate too much on the final third of the taste and the beer goes from rich and wonderful to one-note boozie. Regardless, a very badass beer that is certainly worth the price of admission.
hamilton23 (579) - Alpine, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Evan Williams version. Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma is bourbon, some vanilla and alcohol. Taste was pretty hot, this needs to lay down a bit more. The carbonation was subdued. I will have to try this one again in a year or two.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50/50 evan Williams bomber. Pitch black with a nice light head. Nose has bourbon and licorice. Nice bourbon taste. Very well done.
omhper (18327) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, FiftyFifty 2010 Imperial Eclipse Stout (Evan Williams Single Barrel), thanks baggio! Very black, no head. Distinct bourbon aroma. Full bodied with well rounded mouthfeel. Warming and pleasant with milk chocolate, licorice and bourbon. The bourbon marries this imperial stout exceptionally well. Damn good!
brokensail (9130) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is black with a nice viscosity to it and a fairly sizable tan head.
S: Starts off with a big vanilla aroma along with tons of milk chocolate. The bourbon is very apparent, but doesn’t bother me. Quite a bit of caramel, molasses, and a decent level of roasted malt character.
T: The bourbon is quite apparent here and provides some warming alcohol. Again, the chocolate and vanilla are the stars of the show, almost like chocolate milk at times. Decent caramel notes, too. Not really all that roasty, but still enough to keep it from being overbearingly sweet.
M: The body is medium with a low, smooth carbonation. Really silky on the tongue.
D: This one was a bit different bottle to bottle. Some had a bit more alcohol flavor, but most were absolutely fantastic. I’d drink this again any time.