kmweaver (3207) - 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. 188.8.131.52.16=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. 184.108.40.206.16=4.1
ryan (3186) - 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.
PhillyCraft (3185) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with some heads at Bills’. Pours a deep black with beige head. Not much lace or carbonation. Notes were very boozey, with molasses, licorice, cocoa, bourbon, wood, spice, and marshmallow. Overall it had a little too much heat. I prefered the Rittenhouse Rye version that night. Full flavored dry finish.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at 7 Eclipse Tasting. Again opaque black with a tiny beige head. Quite sweet with aromas of roasted malts and some dates. Also notes of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Soft carbonation. Sweet and slightly dry Bourbon finish.
ReggieDunlap (3052) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle...Pours deep brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has nice mild vanilla and roast with light bourbon...slightly boozy. Flavor follows suit but not boozy and adds layers of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and toasted coconut. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish has dark chocolate/brown sugar/and bourbon...very warming.
kraddel (3004) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours blck , small grey head
Smells sweet , roasted malts .
Taste is bitter , sweet, grains , whiskey , oak . Nice
GRM (2968) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, 2011 vintage, bottle 2139, from Stephen Morris (merci!), savoured on December 13 2013; eye: black, opaque, no effervescence, no head no lacing; nose: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice; mouth: roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, intense, ink, light soy sauce, intense, bourbon, liquorice, finale in roasted barley with presence of bourbon, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly sweet, smooth texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, millésime 2011, bouteille 2564, de Stephen Morris (merci!), savourée le 13 décembre 2013; œil : noire, opaque, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse; bouche : orge torréfiée, café, chocolat, intense, encre, léger sauce soya, intense, bourbon, réglisse, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence de bourbon, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon
JStax (2964) - 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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle with purple wax. Pours a very deep caramel brown with a nice tan head, light lacing. Great nose of light bourbon notes along with vanilla, toffee and caramel. Nice and drinkable, not overbearing.
mR_fr0g (2922) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at gbbf 2013. Opaque black caramel with loose tan head. Nose is big choc roast booze. More of the same in the flavour with some liquorice. Pretty big alcohol presence. Big bold stout. Very nice.