dogfish120love (857) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Molasses, caramel, chocolate, port, raisin and bourbon. Extremely rich and smooth. There are also hints of licorish which I find to be strange
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thin head. NIce sweet milk chocolate and bourbon aroma and taste with a smooth palate. Quite Good.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shane brought to the tasting last night, good call dude, glad to finally get to try this after going to the brewery twice at the wrong time of year. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet with a big rich bourbon bite. Taste is sweet and rich, and full of flavor. Quite good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found the nose on this one to be somewhat vegital..or even garbage-like...others werent getting this, but i did and it smelled a bit wrong. THe pour was dark brown, bordering on black. Flavors were nice though, with bourbon booziness, dark chocolate, vanilla, with a soft, velvety texture. Can get a little hot though...and not as good as the HH IMO, YO.
larryLSB (393) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 22 oz., dark brown with medium-small tan head. Bourbon and citrus aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste was well balanced, malty, boozy. hoppy. Overall very good.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Waxed bomber, courtesy of kiefdog, pours deep dark brown with almost no head. The aroma is a bit mild with notes of caramel, molasses, fairly strong levels of bourbony booze, some oak, dark roastiness and some chocolate. The taste is rich thick smooth velvety YUM with sweetness running from molasses to caramel to malts. The barrel notes do a good job cover up most of the base beer goodnesss. I get firm assertive bourbon and a bit of oak from midway and into the finish. Less barrel time would have been nice.
kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Draft @ FiftyFifty, 2009 Elijah Craig version. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; medium-brown head (thin) with attractive fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasantly oily, charred malts and dark chocolate in the aroma; tempered alcohol, warming, lots of dried dark fruits; I don’t see much difference from previous renditions. Dense, oily, full mouthfeel: lots of pepper, dark chocolate, and dried dark fruits; some lovely oily and inkiness; relaxed carbonation; just enough bite to this - a solid vintage of an excellent beer. Medium finish: dark fruits, chocolate, nicely toasty, hidden alcohol at the end. 220.127.116.11.16=4.1
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; minimal light; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing; solid pour. Lots of milk and dark chocolate, roasted / toasty malts, and a very soft, vanilla-laden bourbon / woody character in the nose; very nice, soft bourbon-aged imperial stout nose; some spicy, toasty graham cracker notes. Full mouthfeel: loads of dense, generous milk chocolate, roasted / burnt malts, and nougat upfront; roasted coffee, dense, chewy milk chocolate, and plenty of vanilla-tinged, chewy soft bourbon presence; really pleasant, soft bourbon presence with some buttery vanilla and sweet brown sugar; excellent barrel character; soft edges. Slightest show of warmth. Excellent, oily presence in the mouth. Lengthy finish: oily milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and warming alcohol; toasty malts and coffee at the far end. 18.104.22.168.16=4.1
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Black body with a small tan head. The nose is big chocolate, toffee, roast, coffee and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet, lightly bitter with chocolate, dark fruits, astringent coffee, bourbon and molasses. Full body is a bit rough with moderate carbonation.